'Enakku Vaaitha Adimaigal' movie review

The plot centers on four carefree and happy-go-lucky friends, and what happens when one of them, the hero, goes into depression.

Published: 02nd February 2017 06:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd February 2017 06:42 PM   |  A+A-

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Film       :Enakku Vaaitha Adimaigal

Director: Mahendran Rajamani

Cast       : Jai, Pranitha, Kali Venkat, Karunakaran, Navin, Thambi Ramaiah, Rajendran

The plot centers on four friends. Carefree and happy-go-lucky, it’s what happens when one of them, the hero, goes into depression and the friends try to get him back to normalcy. The film maintains a steady pace throughout, with each of the four getting almost equal space on screen. Light hearted and breezy in its treatment, the look of the film, however, seems to overpower its content.  

It opens with pictures on screen of famed friendships- like those of Castro-Guevara, Kamal-Rajini and many more. This is followed by a lively song-dance number, an ode to friendship. We are then briefly introduced to the lead characters of the plot. Krishna an IT professional (Jai) ;Ramesh a bank cashier (Karunakaran), Basha an auto driver (Kali Venkat); and Sowmi (Naveen) a call center employee. It's from Krishna's trip to a psychiatrist (Ramaiah) and his narration of the past, that we get to know about his failed love affair with Divya (Pranitha), a girl he had met on a trip to a hill station. The frequent cuts to the past here could have been avoided.  

The backstory takes us to Kodaikanal, the lush hill station captured impressively by the camera (Mahesh Muthuswamy). In fact its exquisite cinematography is the film's key strength. Krishna had fallen for Divya and she had seemed to reciprocate. But her sudden distancing from him had driven him into a state of depression, Krishna even contemplating suicide.

The narration peps up to an extent when Rajendran enters the scene and causes further turmoil in the lives of the friends. The finale is played at a hospital where the friends land up, and Krishna blaming himself for their plight, tries to mend fences. Anjali appears in a cameo, and it’s an 'all’s well that ends well' finale.

The dialogue is laced with sparkling one-liners which to an extent manages to keep the narration lively. The actors are adequate in their roles, the script not demanding much of histrionics. A promising work of a debutant maker, the film could have done with more punch and fizz.   


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