Vinayak Chandrasekaran’s ‘Good Night’ is an easy watch with a few good laughs, but it struggles to hang on to a single tonality

Posted on May 12, 2023


Spoilers ahead…

This is why the film never realises its potential: the central relationship starts off well enough, but it becomes very repetitive – and in the second half, it becomes extremely contrived.

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Good Night, written and directed by Vinayak Chandrasekaran, has been sold as a comedy about a man with a snoring problem – but it’s actually more of a drama, and it’s about a lot more than that man with the snoring problem. But let’s begin with the beginning, where we meet the family of this man, Mohan, played by Manikandan. We meet his mother, his two sisters, the brother-in-law who lives with them, and also a neighbour who comes and freely asks for a favour. The milieu is instantly established in a matter of minutes – and it’s the same with Anu, played by Meetha Raghunath. She’s a loner whose only “family” is the lovely old couple she rents her room from. The casual rapport between this older duo is fantastic. I wanted to watch a whole movie about them.

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