There were times when too many romantic comedies were being produced in Tamil cinema, which made it difficult for a film to break-out due to the depth and breadth of the competition. But, of late, films that fall under the breezy romantic genre have been sparse. When there is a dearth for such films, here comes Ashok Selvan’s Oh My Kadavule, which takes a fresh approach, portraying a romance between two friends turning into a couple. The film is filled with plenty of witty dialogues intended to keep you grinning between scenes but the comedies are strictly for a specific target audience. A less exaggerated version would have made a world of difference to this plot. Right from the acting to the set work, most things about the film look fabricated, which reduces the charm of the script.
Ashok Selvan looks like a million bucks but he could have underplayed his role, especially during the comedy portions. He looks so much better and comfortable in the second half, when things are more serious, romantic and emotional. Ritika Singh with her curly hair is gorgeous but there are lip-sync issues and her expressions are functional. Vani Bhojan’s
Ashok Selvan plays a carefree boy, who has no idea of what he actually wants and doesn’t want. This character of his can be related to by most of the youngsters belonging to an urban background. The fights between the lead pair, is another thing a lot of modern-day couples can relate with. The more you associate yourself with these characters, the more you get involved with the film. The lighting was over decorative in most scenes. Even a street-side pushcart has fancy lights, which makes the film look like an extended ad-film. Some of the dialogues were repetitive, especially the word ‘noodles mandai’ which keeps appearing over and again.
The screenplay is largely predictable, you can easily tell how the film is going to end, even as the story just sets off. Dragging the screenplay with some template scenes is what hurts the film the most. Well over 10 to 20 minutes of the film, can be made away with. The BGM is funky when needed and Leon James finds a catchy tune that keeps repeating throughout. ‘Haiyo Haiyo’ is easily the pick of the album, which is shot equally well, whereas the picturisation of ‘Kadhaippoma’ has a heavy influence of ‘Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada'
Verdict A well-intended, breezy drama which loses its natural charm due to heavy fabrication!