IB Times, India Rating : 4
'Enakkul Oruvan' is one of those experimental films which come close to perfection in every aspect of filmmaking. From the plot to narrative, direction, technicalities and performances, the movie has managed to pull off one of the finest movies in Tamil in recent times.
The plot and the narrative of this psychological thriller are absolutely fresh and have brought director Prasad Ramar's name into the list of best directors in Tamil cinema in recent times.
Plot and Narrative
The story of "Enakkul Oruvan" revolves around a young man Vignesh/ Viggy (Siddharth) who is an insomniac. In an effort to find a solution to his sleepless nights, he stumbles upon a drug named "Lucia" – a dream pill, which lets a person sleep and dream of a life he wishes to live. The rest of the movie talks about how these dreams conquer his life and his psych.
The most impressive aspect of the movie is the narration style of the movie which goes back and forth between the dream and reality of Viggy. The smooth transition between these two phases of his life is visualised so well that audience never gets entangled in the complex story line and narrative.
Kudos to script writer Pawan Kumar (who was also the director of the original version 'Lucia' in Kannada) for his detailing in the script and dialogues. He has made sure that nothing is left out of place in the narration to bring the movie to an astounding climax.
In terms of performance, Siddharth has proved his versatility again with his double role in the movie and the actor has started the year 2015 with a bang. His varied reactions and attitude is close to perfection and his dedication to his role is much visible on the screen.
Another actor who stands out with his restrained performance is actor Aadukalam Naren. His appearance at the right times with right dialogues ensures the stability of the narrative and the actor has managed to pull off his supporting role with great clarity.
The lead actress of the movie Deepa Sannidhi has got a good role which gives her ample scope to perform and she had done justice to her role. The other actors of the movie including John Vijay, Jog Japee, Mahadevan, Uday Mahesh, Ajay Rathnam and Vettri have perfumed their parts well.
When it comes to the technicalities, the first thing that you will notice is the cinematography of the movie done By Gopi Amarnath. At some places the camera itself becomes a character and contributes immensely to the visualisation as well as to the narration of the movie.
"Enakkul Oruvan" can also be one of the best examples of editing in recent times. The movie, which deals with the concepts of reality and dream sequences, are very well weaved by editor Leo John Paul. The use of colours in the movie which differentiate the characters and the space of the story is also something which stands out.
The music by Santhosh Narayanan is impressive and fit well into the plot.
To conclude, "Enakkul Oruvan" is by product of efforts from some fresh thoughts and a movie like this deserves to be applauded by good audience participation in theatres.