CAST AND CREW
Production: V Chandran
Cast: Bindu Madhavi, Dinesh, Nakul
Direction: Ram Prakash Rayappa
Screenplay: Ram Prakash Rayappa
Story: Ram Prakash Rayappa
Background score: Thaman
Cinematography: Deepak Kumar Padhy
Dialogues: Ram Prakash Rayappa
Editing: Sabu Joseph
In a world where mobile phones are no more a luxury but the most important necessity, what will happen when they get shut down for one whole day? The intersection of the consequences of the above scenario and few other unrelated incidents form the crux of Thamizhukku En Ondrai Azhuthavum (TEOA).
Nakul plays a techie who follows his passion and doesn’t care about the basic system of ‘taking a job’. He has underplayed his role in the movie. He is like a cyborg who accepts a love proposal from a random girl, without any hesitation. He plays his part well, considering his character description, which is a stereotypical geek.
Dinesh is a happy go lucky person in the movie who eases off the film’s tension with his romance and comedy. Sathish again finds a role which has immense scope for comedy; a character that travels all through the film and like most of his previous movies, his comedies were all the ‘no-brainer’ kind.
Though there were too many technical terms used here and there, leaving the common man in the crowd puzzled, the director does give simple explanations to most of the concepts later.
The good thing is that the movie doesn’t have any unwanted songs or goofed up scenes, which help the narration of the film run smooth. However, the comedy quotient at places, though not hampering the story telling, wasn’t very effective. The CG work was a bit tacky in parts but that’s definitely excusable.
The movie features two parallel love stories – though both the stories had adequate weightage and a fair share of good moments, as a whole they still fall a little flat due to the lack of detailing. Cutting down a bit on the romance part, heavier focus on the core subject could have made the film tighter.
A principal with no brains, Electronics & Communication Engineering students who haven’t got the slightest idea of how the telecom system works and a chairman of a leading multinational company with no swag and nothing whatsoever to do, other than waiting for some random techie to fix a serious alarming issue – though all these look too filmy they nevertheless add some excitement to the proceedings.
The director takes a dig at the educational system in a very subtle way by emphasizing the fact that our structure is more ‘bookish’ and less practical. He has pointed out that you need not go to the IITs or any other top institution to become a tech wizard; with passion, conviction and the right frame of mind even a smart person from the streets can become a most sought after technologist.
Bindu Madhavi looks very simple and pleasing and her scenes with Dinesh are lively, while the other lead actress Aishwarya Dutta’s role doesn’t offer her beyond one song and few romance scenes with her pair. Urvashi, even with very limited screen space makes a towering impact. Though Thaman’s contributions were limited to just a couple in the songs department, his background scores were apt and served the purpose.
In all, TEOA is a technically inclined social entertainer that grabs the audiences’ interest from the scratch to finish. The director must be appreciated for a tight story, which could have been more engaging had the romance portions been cut short.
Verdict: A decent thriller with minor glitches