Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu Tamil Movie ReviewFeature Film | U
Initially, I went into the movie having in mind the likes of 'Saivam', which released 3 years back. But I was in for a surprise and was made a witness to a 2-hour drama that had nativity minced with wit, humour, politics and emotions with raw nerves and great one-liners!
The movie consists of a simple storyline narrated through the eyes of people whom the city dwellers could only get to watch in such movies. In short, a simple premise that is narrated through very interesting characters.
The movie is all about a bunch of villagers who travel to sacrifice a goat as an offering to their deity for the marital union between Vidharth and Raveena. On their way, they happen to accidentally run the lorry on a dead man and all hell break lose. Obviously, their shoddy work in covering up things makes it worse. A selfish lawyer is worked into it only to complicate things. In the melee, the goat gets saved. Thus, the title.
Though, the title comes across as an afterthought, the "comedy of errors" that gets unwound in the process is something that brings about the real joy in watching this piece of the low-key classic. With a shoestring budget and with relatively unknown faces, director Suresh Sangaiah manages to keep us spellbound within the confines of a mini sphere that gets meticulously constructed through modest and quirky narration that cares very little about censors.
I guess the censors was kept at bay, largely with the help of a blend of fluency and a knack of using the native dialect. This narrative is a good example of the premise that interesting characters would make an interesting movie. In fact, the uninteresting bit came from the lead pair, who were the traditional man and woman who laugh and emote the way they do in 'movies'. Rest of the cast were naturals in their own right.
Raveena Ravi as the female lead makes her debut with this movie. As a dubbing artist, her voice is popular for the bubbly heroines in Kollywood. That said, her role takes a beating because she was the odd one out as the rest seemed to be embedded into the ethos. The second odd one would be Vidharth, who was struggling with the dialect.
However, the director more than made up for these niggles with his humble story and a superb narration. This is yet another small budget movie that deserves to knock the international arena through film festivals, as Kollywood continues to churn that odd world movie every now and then as if to wash off its sins from the mindlessly churned out mass masalas.