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Lyrical tilt to a love story


Oru Kallooriyin Kadhai
Genre: Romance
Cast: Arya, Sonia Agarwal,
Jayavarma, Moulee, Charlie
Director: Nanda Periyasamy
Storyline: A close-knit group of friends are in for a shock when they meet after five years.
Bottomline: A theme handled with finesse.

From shot one of Chozha Creations (P) Ltd.'s `Oru Kallooriyin Kadhai,' you see writer-director Nanda Periyasamy's urge to be different. And different he definitely is. It is one of those rare instances when happenings in a college backdrop are projected very naturally. Sounds of lectures from different classrooms that filter down the corridors of an otherwise quiet ambience, as opposed to the levity in the hostel, are impressive examples. Casting is another scoring point — the actors just glide into their roles with ease. And Periyasamy's story telling style has a lyrical quality about it.

The main line

In the last year of college, Satya (Arya) and his friends promise each other that they would meet after five years. A shock awaits the group when they see Satya after the five years, more or less a vegetable, totally unaware of what's going on around him. With a psychiatrist's guidance the friends re-create the college milieu for their friend to react, unwind and get normal.

Arya with his telling eyes, soft expressions and forlorn look, does a wonderful job. A rewarding find! Looking sad and serious comes easily to Sonia, who does enough justice. After `Azhagiya Theeyae' this is another impact-making role for Jayavarma and he makes full use of it. It's a relief to see Charlie graduating to portray a college teacher — he's played the hero's friend and college student for two decades almost! As the principal of the college, it is a dignified essay from Moulee.

Every song is a hum-worthy piece from Yuvan Shankar Raja. But `Kadhal Enbadhu ... ' and `Kangal Kalangida ... ' take the cake. Having a racy number for a touching climax enhances the effect. Equally interesting is the re-recording. The camera angles and long shots of cinematographer Mathi are enticing. Kola Baskar's editing skills come to the fore in `Oru Kallooriyin ... '

Right pace

The pace is just right without a sag at any point. Only, Periyasamy could have plugged some of the glaring loopholes. How is it that such a close group of friends could be in the dark about Satya's condition for five long years and how come they just leave the hostel without checking what Satya was doing? Probably willing suspension of disbelief is what you should adopt here.

Though there is no obvious similarity, somewhere down the line the film reminds you of that yesteryear runaway hit from T. Rajendar, `Oru Thalai Ragam,' with slight `Sethu' touches. But here things end on happy note. Going by the proven theory that soft, romantic stories when eloquently detailed, find an audience, `Oru Kallooriyin Kadhai' should go down well with viewers.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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