Helmed by debutant Arumuga Kumar, Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren is an Tamil adventure comedy drama film, which hit the big screens on February 2, 2018. The film revolves around three characters – Yaman, the leader of a tribal village, who has vowed to mar, ry Abhaayalakshmi, the daughter of a couple, who has moved away from the tribe and settled down in the city and a college boy from the city, whom the girl has a soft corner for, stands in Yaman’s way when he comes to the city to kidnap the girl.
Oru Nalla Naal Paarthu Solren, that stars Vijay Sethupathi, Gautham Karthik and Niharika Konidela in pivotal roles, is a film about a tiny 200-people village that’s notorious enough to have its own police station. The music for the film has been scored by Justin Prabhakaran, who not only gave us whacky songs but also amazing background score which definitely made the film more enjoyable. Here’s take a look at what the critics have to say.
Times of India: Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren (ONNPS) is the kind of film that might have seemed funny as a concept. But it is also the kind of film that is very difficult to translate from script to screen. Even if you have actors who can capture the spirit of the film, you need filmmaking flair that makes the comedy come alive on screen. And this is where ONNPS fails, for what we get is a comedy that isn’t funny — mostly.
Behindwoods: The film runs for 2 hours 28 minutes, but feels like you are actually watching the movie for a longer duration. Sluggish screenplay turns out to be one of the blatant minuses of this film, but the main issue is the narrative imbalance. The lack of clarity during the first hour trivializes the intensity. The director’s idea to induce humour in even serious scenes is appreciable, but the way it has been executed, might not work for the majority. Except for a few really good laughs, the majority of the film might not be an enjoyable ride. ONNPS often becomes slow-paced and director Arumuga Kumar could have literally focalized into this attribute keeping illogical traits at bay. Though the premise is promising, it has been let down by many factors, such as forced humour and the lack of emotional connection. ALSO READ: Touch Chesi Chudu Movie Review: Critics Give Thumbs Down, Call It Ravi Teja’s Most Disastrous Film
Indian Express: The idea might have been to show how minuscule the village is. But by the end of the movie you feel that is probably the director setting you up for how the rest of the film is going to be — we are taken on a wild hunt where the jokes are hidden underneath a lot of noise. Thanks to a completely unpardonable runtime of almost two and a half hours, what starts as funny, ends up leaving us exasperated.
The News Minute: The plot perhaps looked funnier on paper than when translated to the screen. The problem is that nearly every character in the film is over-the-top, and they speak in the same way – screaming through their dialogues. It looks too deliberate to be funny. To its credit, ONNPS is one of those rare Tamil films where a woman’s “no” actually means something. The film takes a familiar trajectory on consent, trying to manipulate the characters on screen and the audience into believing that a good man’s relentless ‘love’ is enough to override a woman’s “no”, but takes a surprising and welcome turn. VS is probably the only ‘mass’ hero today who’d be willing to risk his ‘manliness’ by doing such scenes. ONNPS is an attempt to do something fresh and original in a crowded space with star vehicles and horror comedies dominating the market. It’s a decent debut, but the film needed some more thought to bring it all together. Watch this space for further updates.