“Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren”… The latest Vijay Sethupathi starrer is a disjointed, monumentally unfunny ‘comedy’

Posted on February 2, 2018


Spoilers ahead…

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To consider what passes for comedy in P Arumugakumar’s Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren (I’ll Let You Know when the Time is Right), let’s look at Harish (Gautham Karthik). He lowers his pants in a police station and asks, “Naan yaaru theriyuma?” Later, when the story shifts to a forest in Andhra Pradesh, he asks if a share auto is available. And when he sees the long-haired Yaman (Vijay Sethupathi, who clearly says yes to every movie that comes his way) from behind, he thinks it’s Sowmiya (Niharika Konidela), the girl he’s in love with, and he gives Yaman a tight embrace. At one point, his friend Sathish (Daniel Annie Pope) voices the feelings of the audience, when he says, “Dei, nee olarriya, illa olarra maari nadikkariya?”

A fair question. A philosophical question, even. If a character does inane things, is the actor off the hook? Or is he to blame for the inanity as well? I’m not trying to be deep. I’m stalling here. Otherwise, I might have to tell you about the scene where Harish, in a veshti, stands in front of an audience at an Electronic Music Festival, and begins to belt out an English song, and the angry audience members ask him to sing in Tamil, and he continues to sing in English, and they begin to pelt him with footwear and tomatoes, which is when Sowmiya falls for him, with Yaman gazing at her. Finally, I seemed to have an answer to the question: “Just what on earth am I watching?” A love triangle, apparently.

Continued at the link above.

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