• Sandeep Chandrasekar

Enai Noki Paayum Thota Movie Review

Enai Noki Paayum Thota is a romance/action movie directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon starring Dhanush and Megha Akash in the lead roles with music composed by Darbuka Siva. The film starts off with a bullet fired towards Dhanush thereby giving a small justification to the title of the movie which follows immediately. The scene quickly shifts towards the budding romance between Dhanush and Megha Akash in the first half.

Darbuka Siva has done an excellent job with his lovely songs which garner more shouts and whistles than action sequences by Dhanush. GVM has visualised each of the songs to the impending situation. For example, songs in the first half are easy going and romantic showing love and happiness everywhere, while in the second half, though still romantic, are dark and shows the desperation and separation anxiety suffered by Dhanush and Megha Akash.

Many sequences in the movie be it romance or action has been beautifully shot by the cinematographers with the required amount of colour correction depending upon the scene. While Dhanush aced his performance, Megha Akash though beautiful could have improved her dialogue delivery which is noticeable in a scene. Emotions of Dhanush is quite suppressed by GVM when a tragedy occurs yet manages to portray it in a subtle way as there are no impulsive decisions made by Dhanush. Sasikumar manages to have a strong presence on screen when accompanied by the background score and visuals.

Though many people might feel that the voiceovers are tedious after a while, I felt that its the one which carries the story forward. It didn’t feel like a mere narration but more of the thoughts of Dhanush from his point of view. Dhanush faces several hurdles in the film and though are not literally bullets, do seem like bullets which he manages to dodge at every stage.

From a larger perspective it is a generic action/romance/(thriller) but the subtle details that GVM manages to incorporate in it are what sets it apart from other movies in this genre. Some details in the voiceovers felt unnecessary and gave away most of the plot. The film adopts a non-linear narration so the editing felt effective when shifting between the past and present. I do feel that GVM has justified the title of the film in many instances and the story telling felt very poetic in the first half. In the end it’s a movie which to many people might seem like any other romantic action movie but anyone loving superbly crafted scenes or incredible songs (which are a no brainer in a GVM film) or the voiceovers will be able to appreciate what GVM thought of when he directed the film.

(This being my first review, I haven’t delved into the characterisation of the lead stars)

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