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#IdhuKathirvelanKadhal - 2.75/5. Udhayanidhi has improved his style of acting and now fits in 2 the boy next door image. Nayan is fab.
After making a debut with one of the most happening directors and a comedian who sizzles, Udhay will be facing the litmus test of entering the league of mainstream actors. Directed by Prabhakaran of Sundarapandiyan fame, this family entertainer juxtaposes with romance and a rightful mix of comedy through the layers of the plot, so does it take you on a high this Valentine 's Day? Read more!
Who is this Kathirvel:
Walking into the theatres you are certain to compare this movie with OKOK, however as the movie traverses over time there are certain scenes that might remind you of OKOK, although not the entire lot. Udhay is Kathirvel a complete Hanuman devotee who doesn't look up to women for anything and yes right from his childhood, and there is no particular reason for this.
To make family amends he reaches Coimbatore and revives his friendship with Mayil aka Santhanam. The chemistry between the duos deserves a special mention as they go about cracking rib tickling jokes, and santhanam plays yet again a familiar role of a friend in need. And enter Nayan as Pavithra and boy! Does she looks like a million bucks and even pretty than ever playing the chirpy Coimbatore gal. The plot unveils slowly with Udhay shedding the image of a Hanuman devotee after falling heads over heels for Nayan.
Spinning in a number of tales into this movie, the director tries to bring about a lot of sub plots: The little misunderstanding between Udhay's sister and her husband, a little dispute between neighbors, a father's unyielding trust on his family and so on. However, the director takes up each of these subplots in a rather entertaining style, kudos to him.
Through the first half its Udhay's umpteenth attempt in winning Nayan's hand with Santhanam's foray of one liners on love philosophy. Will Kathirvel's impeccable love for Pavithra win amidst all odds? Well, that's to watch and find out!
Whats good and whats not:
Udhay has improvised a lot no doubt, and kudos to the costume designer for belting out some colorful costumes that really go well on him. His dancing skills are finetuned, but there is a lot of room to improve and he should really work on dialogue delivery, all said his acting skills as a boy next door is commendable. Nayanthara looks gorgeous as Pavithra a straight forward gal and it's indeed a hatrick for her. Santhanam pelts a volley of witty punch dialogues on love and that looks just spot on coinciding with Valentine's day. He indeed is the comedian of this time without a doubt and the scene in the TV showroom brings the floor down.
The rest of the cast serve their purpose, Saranya as the dutiful mom, Chaya singh, Sunder, Bharath all delivering what was intended. There are some light hearted scenes that surely will cherish you, like the one with Saranya trying to make up for his sons absence:Surely director's special.
The movie as a whole is quite lengthy spanning for more than 2.5 hours and one could surely feel the drag. The songs apart from Mele Mele, Vizhiye are average and hugely reminiscent of OKOK numbers. Though there are quite a number of relishing moments, the screenplay is mediocre, the scenes apart from Santhanam-Udhay-Nayan has nothing big to offer. Prabhakaran's story telling is sweet with an emotional climax, however does not spring you the WOW factor.
Take of your OKOK glasses and watch this movie, for it's a clean family entertainer and a perfect outing for a Saturday evening.
Verdict : Combo offer of Udhay-Nayan-Santhanam misses the six, but not the boundary!
Rating - 3/5
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