Verdict: This film has a blend of good writing and amazing performances.
Gautham Vasudev Menon is back after a three-year hiatus with his much anticipated Dhanush starrer Enai Noki Paayum Thota. The film also stars Megha Akash, Sasikumar, Senthil Veerasamy and Sunainaa in pivotal roles. The film’s music is composed by Darbuka Siva and the songs are already superhits. Enai Noki Paayum Thota also has some famous technicians working behind the screen like Jomon T John, Manoj Paramahamsa and S R Kathir handling the camera and Praveen Antony at the editing department.
What’s Enai Noki Paayum Thota About:
Raghu (Dhanush) is a college boy who meets Lekha (Megha Akash) during a film shoot. He instantly falls in love with her. Lekha also notices Raghu and there is a bond created between them. Soon, they both fall in love with each other and become inseparable. However, the good times do not last for long as circumstances separate them. When Raghu has learned to move on, he gets a call out of the blue from Lekha after four years. She tells him she knows Thiru (Sasikumar), Raghu’s long lost brother who is in trouble now and requests Raghu to help him. A confused Raghu decides to go to Mumbai where they both are located without knowing the danger and chaos that he would be getting into.
Dhanush has proven once again that he can handle any role with much ease. Raghu is safe in his hands. His expressions, especially in the second half, are extraordinary. And it is commendable how he manages to pull off two shades of the same character. Though Enai Noki Paayum Thota had a much-delayed release, this is technically Megha Akash‘s first film but she does not have any traits of a newcomer. Sasikumar also shines in his role though it’s quite small. Gautham Menon‘s movies always have an element that keeps you hooked to them, and the same is present in Enai Noki Paayum Thota as well. The screenplay is enjoyable, especially the dialogues. Enai Noki Paayum Thota can also be considered as a musical with its back-to-back songs which are truly melodious, all thanks to Darbuka Siva. His background score sets the mood of the movie really well. In fact, it is one of the major highlights. Stunt Silva’s action is commendable too. The camera work is amazing and as are the cuts. Though there is a 3-4 years delay in the release of the movie, it seems very fresh and new, unlike many other movies that get late releases. The film definitely has a GVM signature imprinted on it and is definitely an interesting watch.
What Could’ve Been Better:
One thing GVM always adds in his movies is the background voiceover by the protagonist. Raghu’s voiceover fails to impress you as it seems dramatic, used too often and spoon-feeds the audience with what is happening on screen. It is easy to figure out the events happening but Raghu narrates it every single time, compromising the movie-watching experience. The second half of the movie completely shifts from the mood set in the first half, which may seem jarring. It gets predictable at times as well. However, the good performances and the strong story base keeps you glued to it till the very end. This may not GVM’s career-best, but it’s totally enjoyable.
Why You Should Watch:
Enai Noki Paayum Thota, the most anticipated movie of this year (or maybe of all time?) has a compelling plot and some good performances. Watch it for its songs, the well-choreographed action scenes, some amazing songs, and shots.