Love On The Tracks
Film: OK Kanmani (Tamil with English subtitles)
Cast: Dulquer Salmaan, Nithya Menon, Prakash Raj
Directed by: Mani Ratnam
Duration: 2 hrs 20 mins
Rating: * * *
Mani Ratnam’s OK Kanmani marks a return for him to the romance genre – lightweight and easy going, it provides some decent entertainment and as the case with all Mani Ratnam films, the visuals are stunning.
In terms of a plot, there isn’t a great deal happening which makes it Mani saar’s job even more difficult and hence, praiseworthy. Set in Mumbai, Adi (Dulquer Salmaan) is a gaming software developer with plans to go to the U.S. Prakash Raj plays his landlord and his wife (Leela Samson) is in the first stage of Alzheimer’s, in spite of the travails, they are as happy a couple as can be.
Adi meets Tara (Nithya Menon, terrific) an architect, and before you can cheese, the two fall in love. But they also make a pact, they will enjoy the relationship as best as they can but never get married. These things have happened in other films before so you know exactly where it is heading and how it will end.
But in spite of the predictability of the story, Ratnam manages to hold your attention. Whether it is the city of Mumbai, his favorite train rides or the rain drenched climax, there are some remarkable scenes. And even today, no one picturizes songs with the kind of zing that Ratnam does.
It also helps that the chemistry between the lead players is terrific. Nithya Menon is quite a revelation and Dulquer Salmaan gives her good company.
The film is a bit stretched specially in the later half and some trimming was the order of the day. But the flaws not withstanding, OK Kanmani still makes the cut.
Published in The Navhind Times, Goa on 19th April 2015