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Oru Naal Oru
Cast: Srikanth , Sonia
Oru Kanavu" is the type of film we have come to expect from
Fazil. It's taut, proficient and has the feel of something
he's knocked off during his coffee break. However ONOK is
substandard when compared to his previous works such as 'Kadhalukku
Mariyadhai' and 'Varusham 16'. The tale of love in ONOK comes
nowhere near his refined studies on love.
revolves around Cheenu (Srikanth) a hard workingman with a
mien of a personality, the drive, and the commitment to marry
off his two sisters, and take care of his parents. To meet
his both ends meet, Cheenu does all sorts of odd jobs:
delivery boy, car driver, and tuition master.
(Sonia Agarwal) a wealthy, flamboyant, high-spirited girl
bumps on Srikanth on several occasions and gets attracted by
his agility and lively demeanor. She instantly develops a
sort of liking for him. Later, her canny likeness blossoms
into love, which she conveys to Cheenu.
loathes Maya for her bossy attitude and rejects her
overtures. Unable to stand his retribution, Maya vows to make
Cheenu fall for her by making his life miserable.
the dodgy games Maya plays on him, Cheenu contrives a plan to
make her repent for her reprehensible deeds. He pretends to
have fallen in love with her. Unexpected turn of events make
Cheenu realize Maya's kindness within, and he falls truly in
love with her.
Maya and Cheenu come to an understanding, Maya's brothers
intervene and threaten Cheenu with dire consequences if he
does not leave Maya once for all. Cheenu vows to marry Maya
after he become rich and attain a status equal to theirs.
succeed in his challenge? I do not want to reveal the
remaining plot and spoil your experience with the movie.
script is well structured and unfolds with clockwork
precision. However, on the down side, the film lacks passages
of cracking dialogues we know he can produce, and narrative
punch that could give you a good cinematic experience that
will stay firmly in your memory.
with a more restrained performance has carried the film over
his shoulder. Aside from Srikanth, the film does offer
another impressive performance from Sonia Agarwal.
characters include Ilavarasu, Sathyan, Sukumar, and 'Sissor'
Manohar who provide humor that brings only chuckles. While
Prasad and Seida play Srikanth's parents, Rathan and Jaya
play Sonia's parents.
Director Ilayaraja has given few mellifluous compositions.
The best of the lot is a classical soundtrack "Kaatril Varum
Cinematographer AnandaKuttan has captured the gorgeous
backdrop of Kerala excellently. His stunning visual effects
provide the perfect ambience to uplift the love sentiments
peppered through out the film.
sanctimonious conclusion you may find ONOK too light to
linger long in the memory. But still with lead casts on song,
it is still a safe bet compared to most love flicks today.
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