Enai Noki Paayum Thota Review: Written by Yogeswaran Ganapathy @moviemanyogi
Synopsis: An underwhelming bore of an action-comedy film that almost transcends into a parody of it’s genre.
The movie has all the elements you see in Goutham Vasudev Menon (GVM) films. From the voice-overs to the pleasing songs to the police story to the damsel in distress heroine. After few minutes into the film, I sensed that, this is in fact, the director paying tribute to his earlier film Accham Yenbadhu Madamiyada (2016). That one didn’t work only in the last part. But this film only works for the first few minutes.
This romance film also lacks the chemistry between the leads which is very essential to the genre. When Lekha (Megha Akash) signals her love for Raghu (Dhanush) the feeling we get is so bland. There are sparks here and there like when they talk for the first time over phone. But these moments are far too less to make it a compelling case of love. The more it is stretched, the more it feels like a disaster.
The action portions try to be the saving grace but end up being even more ridiculous. The meta dialogues in this portion, like the references to Pokkiri work decently.
The voiceovers of Dhanush are shoved down our throat and unbearable beyond a point. The sentences never seem to end and it goes into a zone where it is describing things in to a person thinking that he is blind. The film doesn’t take its premise seriously despite trying hard to establish it. Beyond a point, the hero’s journey becomes sort of a parody/satire where the hero wins anyway neglecting any collateral damage.
The casting and acting is totally off. This is primarily due to the lack of depth in writing. Dhanush is stranded between three phases – Cool dude, beast mode and Autopilot mode.
The second and the third modes are unintentionally funny. Megha Akash is the text book damsel in distress and has only a small range of emotions. Sasikumar becomes a early 2000s Vijaykanth. Sunaina is reduced to a “are you okay?” repeating friend. It is such a shame to see GVM who has given memorable villains like Daniel Balaji (Vettaiyadu Vilayadu) and Arun Vijay (Yennai Arindhaal) gives us a one note villain Kuberan.
The music is the biggest positive of the film. Darbuka Siva has composed tunes that will rule our playlists for a long time to come. Maruvaarthai pesadhe is undoubtedly the pick of the lot.
GVM quotes bharathiyar’s Veezhven endru ninaithayo (Did you think I have fallen?). Ironically, he has fallen very bad in this film. The title roughly translates to the “Gun after me”. After watching the film, we are bound to feel that the gun is after us, The audience.
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