Oh My Kadavule Movie Review
Oh My Kadavule directed by Ashwath Marimuthu stars Ashok Selvan, Ritika Singh and Vani Bhojan in the lead roles with the music composed by Leon James. Vijay Sethupathi plays an extended cameo in the film who is perfectly cast for that role.
OMK starts off with three best friends Arjun (Ashok Selvan), Anu (Ritika Singh) and Mani (Sha Ra) in a bar. All of a sudden Anu asks Arjun to marry her. Finding no reason to reject her, he accepts her proposal and they get married. Soon after, problems start cropping up in their life as Arjun is disgusted with his job of working in his father-in-law’s company and Arjun and Anu fail to see each other as a wedded couple. Arjun and Anu’s relationship reaches it peak and they decide to take the ultimate step. Seeking divorce, they go to a court only to get the hearing delayed. This is when the story starts to becomes less conventional. He visits a ‘love court’ where he meets Vijay Sethupathi and Ramesh Thilak.
A slight idea of the story is required to understand this review, so bear with the spoilers. He narrates to Vijay Sethupathi and Ramesh Thilak how he hates his job and his wife’s extreme insecurity. Arjun blames God for writing his fate this way and we are greeted with a stylish Vijay Sethupathi with butterflies around him introducing himself as God. Vijay Sethupathi gives Arjun a ticket which is a second chance in his life.
Just before the interval, it feels quite similar to Bruce Almighty where Morgan Freeman makes Jim Carrey a God. But over here the hero isn’t given any power, but merely a second chance at his life. One cannot complain about the logic here as this is the secret ingredient which makes the movie refreshing.
The reason OMK is engaging to watch is the fact that it beautifully links scenes. Details which felt straight out of a Gautham Menon movie are shown to have significance later in the movie. For example Meera played by a perfectly cast Vani Bhojan says that she likes to watch a movie alone in an open air theatre, and Arjun makes that into a reality in the second half.
Like how Mysskin paid homage to Alfred Hitchcock in Pyscho, Ashwath Marimuthu pays a tribute to Gautham Menon by having him play a cameo, start OMK’s songs with lyrics of GVM movies’ songs, directly playing Vetaiyadu Vilayadu songs in the background, by giving a typical rom-com a different treatment, and making songs a part of the narrative. The editing feels really crisp and the movie doesn't slog anywhere. It keeps a right pace not rushing things ahead.
Mani’s character is sketched out very well since, as a friend he supports both Arjun and Anu. He doesn’t stick with the hero alone like in many other movies.
In many senses, the first and second half feel juxtaposed as everything happening in the second half feels the exact opposite of that in the first half. Arjun still feels the pain, not because of the insecurity of his wife or his job, but because of the separation between him and Anu.
At one instance, Arjun wears a shirt which says ’True False’ in it. This might indicate Arjun’s state of mind in his second chance as he still doesn’t understand which is real and which is false. He says to Meera that the everything is a coincidence but when in reality he knows how the situation will turn out. But he gets shocked when he see’s Meera’s lover and that becomes the real coincidence in the film. This dilemma is the driving factor in the second half of the movie. Arjun and Anu embark on a bike trip to gather wishes for Meera’s birthday, but for Arjun its about realising his true love and nothing else. This reminded me of Rajiv Menon’s Sarvam Thaala Mayam in which GV Prakash travels across the states to find his love for percussion.
After a whole lot of sonna puriyadhu in the movie, we are about to be greeted with the age old tradition of the bride running away from her marriage. But for a second, Anu thinks about the efforts put in by her father, and how he would feel if the marriage comes to a halt. Though the end result is cliched, this thought felt little impressive.
The title of the film is directly attributable to the story; there’s nothing hidden here; Arjun experiences new things which is a part of God's plan. It brings an implied message that there’s only one life and one must learn to adjust, work with passion and live with the people they love. In the end, according to me, OMK is like a stretched rubber band. Its start and end are the same. But the elasticity in the middle explains a whole ‘life' more.