Shree Karthick’s ‘Oke Oka Jeevitham’ / ‘Kanam’, with Sharwanand and Amala Akkineni, is a beautifully written time-travel drama

Posted on September 9, 2022

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Spoilers ahead…

 The focus is on emotions, rather than on twists or frantic time machine adventures. But with this premise, I could have used a few more emotional highs.

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Shree Karthick’s time-travel drama is interestingly titled. In Telugu, it is called Oke Oka Jeevitham, which can be extrapolated to mean we have only one life, this life, to live. In Tamil, the film is called Kanam, which means moment, as in: this present moment is all we have. The theme in other words, is time, and what better way to understand how time affects us than through a time machine, which allows us to revisit the past… or see the future. Like the Dhanush character in Thiruchitrambalam, Aadhi (Sharwanand) is someone who wants to go back to a time before his mother’s death changed his life forever. But he cannot – at least, not until he gets access to that time machine. So he sits around with his friends with a perennially mopey face. These friends are also his roomies. They are played by Vennela Kishore and Priyadarshi in the Telugu version, and by Sathish and Ramesh Thilak in Tamil.

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https://www.galatta.com/tamil/movie/review/kanam/

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