Idhu Namma Aalu: Film Review – Love Triumphs


 Verdict: A breezy entertainer.

If you thought it’s common for ex-flames to reunite for films only in Hollywood and Bollywood, then you clearly haven’t heard about Idhu Namma Allu, a film in which Silambarasan and Nayanthara come together after a hiatus of 10 years. And perhaps, this is the biggest selling point for this film. The film’s plot revolves completely around the two, justifying the hype around the film. Directed by Pandiraj, Idhu Namma Aalu is a breezy love story, with ample doses of funnies.

Pandiraj’s recent films – Kathakali and Pasanga 2, were hits. However, the National Award-winning filmmaker’s best film is still Pasanga. The film was earnest, simple and a delight to watch.  With his recent films, it looks like the director has decided to work on films that are more commercial. This means that the audience will get more entertainers from the director. His latest film (released after a delay of three years), Idhu Namma Aalu too projects itself on similar lines that is partly likable. 

Love stories usually revolve around a couple and the hurdles they face. It may be the opposition they face from their parents or objection from the society. However, Idhu Namma Aalu traces the stories of two people who decide on an arranged marriage. They tell each other about their exes, their likes, their dislikes, and eventually fall in love. 

The first half of the film focuses on some light humor, and introduces us to Shiva (Silambarasan) and Mylaa (Nayanthara). The second half of the film is more intense, and focuses on the tribulations faced by the duo. Soori’s funny one-liners add humor to the film. Silambarasan and Nayanthara’s chemistry works well. However, what gives the film an interesting angle are the funny dialogues that even take a dig at Silambarasan’s personal life; something that is often discussed at length in real life.  And, it’s quite refreshing to see the actor taking these jabs in his stride. 

The biggest flaw in the film though is the treatment of the plot. The wafer-thin plot isn’t helped with any interesting sub-plot or characters and derails. This makes Idhu Namma Allu a tiring watch. The film’s characters – Shiva and Mylaa are often projected to be two manipulative individuals who deal with their relationship like an unsteady teenage romance. 

Simbu delivers a good performance. Nayanthara looks pretty and charming. Santhanam’s cameo works like magic and adds an edge to the comic sequences.


Why You Should Watch This Movie

If you’re a sucker for light love stories, then Idhu Namma Aalu is for you. A simple film, that  focuses on love and relationships. Watch out for Nayanthara and Simbu’s explosive chemistry.

Release Date: 27th May, 2016
Language: Tamil
Director: Pandiraj
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Cast & Crew: Silambarasan, Nayanthara, Jai, Andrea Jeremiah, Soori, V. Jayaprakash, Arjunan Nandakumar

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