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Of late, Tamil cinema is experimenting a lot. The filmmakers are of the view that though the film is not receptive to a mass audience it is better that it reaches the elite audience. And the current film on the talk is Oru Naal Iravil, which is a sensible remake of the Malayalam flick Shutter.
Plot: Sathyaraj, the protagonist of the movie, is locked in his store. He is sharing the room with none other than a prostitute (for two nights). He is trapped here by his own weakness; he resorts to drinking (owing to the anguish that is caused by his wife and daughter) and falls for the call of the prostitute. And man, when the shutter is being opened the world will see his ‘other’ side. Well, now a little peep into Satyaraj’s nature. He is a person who doesn’t even mind to get his girl married in a compelled fashion, owing to the sheer reason that he sees her going on a bike with another person. Here then, what will the world think of him when he is sharing a room with a prostitute? What about his image? Lights on!
Sathyaraj enacts the character of Sekar with great ease. Varun as the auto driver who works for Sathyaraj is quite ok. Well, there is a typical image of a prostitute in Tamil films, and when you just start feeling happy that Anumol (who acts as the prostitute) is getting away from it, her characterization disappoints you. Her characterization is quite confused. All the same, Anumol has done her part well and will make rounds in Kollywood. Yugi Sethu, with his plump role, is another actor who will get more offers later.
1. There’s not much for M S Prabhu (cameraman) and ' Navin' (music director). All the same, they have done a decent job.
2. There are certain solaces like non-inclusion of depressing songs at the time of ordeal for the protagonist.
3. The first half is gripping all the way with no unwanted scenes.
4. The showcasing of subtle human emotions is handled well by Anthony, the director.
5. The audience can connect with the characters in the film, thanks to their sincere portrayals. There are minimal characters that act for the flick.
6. Editing by Anthony deserves special mention since he has managed to maintain the pace of the film in just 106 minutes.
7. The climax should not be missed for all its interesting nature.
What’s not there?
1. The film would have been better if it had been a loyal remake of the original version. For example, though Papanasam was virtually a scene-by-scene copy of Drishyam it worked wonders.
2. There are certain scenes that show as though the audience is very gullible. Let me not play spoilsport! Watch the flick to find out.
3. Is the item number really good? I am quite confused.
There is a message carrying significant weight in the film. Watch it to find out.
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