Direction : Mithran Jawahar
Production : Block Ticket Films
Starring : Walter Phillips, Isha Talwar
Music : G. V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography : Vishnu Sharma
Editing : Thiyagarajan
From the greatest starrer of Nivin Pauly-Isha Talwar titled ‘Thattathin Marayadhu’, here comes the remake in Tamil titled ‘Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai’ starring Walter Philips and Isha Talwar in lead roles, directed by Mithran Jawahar.
Walter Philips belongs to an orthodox Hindu family and he falls in love with a beautiful and serenely looking Muslim girl (Isha Talwar). After days, she reciprocates her love for him, but sooner the trouble comes from the families that are dead against their relationship. When both of them decide to elope from their places to save their love and relationship, their lives are tested with unexpected problems.
Since it’s a remake film, it looks like Jawahar Mithran would have not strained himself to the core over his scripting works, but has delivered good dramatic events. It is worth mentioning that all his previous films ‘Yaaradi Nee Mohini’, ‘Kutty’ and ‘Uthama Puthiran’ featuring Dhanush in lead roles were remakes and this one joins the league too. Excluding few sequences, the remaining films remain the same to be as the original version. But he fails to impress the regional tastes of our audiences out here with dearth of raciness, momentum and entertainment factors. Moreover, with the running length of 142minutes sans these mentioned elements, it looks like a slow paced sluggish drama. The first half is filled with more songs and second half with less engagement factors leaves up dragged. If director and editor had tried to emphasize more on this aspect, the film would have been more engaging. The musical score by GV Prakash Kumar and top notch visuals by cinematographer Vishnu Sharma are the biggest plus for the film.
Walter Philips gives us a nostalgic feel of having watched him somewhere before. Such is his graceful screen presence that comprises of love, silence, serenity, emotions and so on. Isha Talwar playing the typical Muslim girl does a brilliant job. Thalaivasal Vijay playing the role of Isha’s father Nasser as her uncle has come up with an immense brilliant effort. Manoj K Jayan as a police officer and well wisher helping Walter’s love to be united in the film has his portions very well embellished. Others in the cast including Arjunan, Venkat, Divya and Vidyullekha have done complete justice to their roles.
1. Simple and naturalistic premise of story
2. Star-cast and performances
3. Music and Cinematography
What doesn’t work?
1. Slow paced screenplay
2. The running length of the film
Although the film involving Hindu-Muslim love story could have the sensational premise, the director has tried to keep away from such paradigms and offer something fresh in the treatment. Love is beyond religion and any other barriers – This theme would surely impress youngsters.
Verdict : Beautifying the essence of true love
Rating : 4.5/10
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