Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu
Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu: A Meaningful Tale That Will Make You Experience a Plethora of Emotions
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
At a time when Tamil Cinema audiences seem to be bombarded with one dull thriller after another, there comes a heartfelt film like Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu to re-instill your hope in earnest story-telling. The story is simple, but the way in which it evolves is so admirably sincere. In his debut, director Suresh Sangaiah has masterfully helmed a relatable film in a subtle yet meaningful manner.
The closely knit village members of Naduvampatti set off on a journey to their family deity’s temple to sacrifice a goat in honor of the newlywed couple Ramamurthy (Vidharth) and Seetha (Raveena Ravi). Their expedition takes a sudden turn for the worse when they meet with an accident that results in the death of a stranded villager.
One of the first things you can’t help but notice is the film’s unapologetic approach. From the very beginning Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu owns up to its relatively slow pacing and delivers just what it intends to with no allegedly commercial compromises. This wise approach should be attributed to director Suresh Sangaiah’s inherent clarity.
The film doesn’t have a separate comedy track. The comedy is organically embedded in the narrative which makes its presence feel refreshing and light-hearted. Such a rooted tale demands authenticity and Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu gets it right by retaining originality through its rural slang and underlying naiveté.
There is a masked social message in the film but director Sangaiah places it in a manner in which it never overpowers the story. He uses the goat as a symbol to subtly convey his message. So, when the pieces of the tale come together towards the end, you can’t help but admire his usage of adept symbolization and gentle metaphors.
The true quality that provokes thought in this film is the fact that it fills you with hope even though there has been a terrible turn of events. This particular quality reminds us of director Manikandan’s films. This notion of portraying people with shades of grey without showcasing them as bad characters seems to be a quality director Manikandan shares in common with his assistant director Suresh Sangaiah.
In one particular scene, Seval, the village cook lectures the local butcher on the importance of loyalty. Scenes like these remind us to see the good in people. Oru Kidayin Manu is delightfully filled with such heart-warming sequences that rekindle your faith in humanity.
The film isn’t completely without its faults either. The first half ends on a powerful note but the second half lags for about thirty minutes. The film runs for a little over two hours, if the director had cut down on a few unnecessary yet prolonging sequences, a one and half hour runtime would have been more suitable to the fictional path it takes. The slow pacing of the film isn’t a flaw but if you’re not used to it, the story-telling could take some time to grow on you.
A fitting cast who’ve delivered masterful performances lend immense strength to Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu. Director Sangaiah’s characterizations have a sense of vulnerability and rootedness, this balance is achieved by actors who retain a natural screen-presence till the end. No character is ever small or big in the film, from Ramamurthy to the Judge who makes a final appearance; they all have their own nuances that make them significant and memorable.
Cinematographer’s R.V. Saran’s rejuvenating visuals go hand in hand with director Sangaiah’s subtlety. It gently establishes the story without unnecessary grandeur. Having said that, the visual story-telling isn’t entirely dry either, the location establishment is done invigoratingly well. The insert shots of wonderful landscapes and benevolent shots of night-time remain beautifully etched in your mind long after the movie ends.
R.Raghuram’s music bears a succession of both good and bad qualities. The introduction song and the back ground score are suitable and exhibit a gloriously rural undertone. But the rest of the songs in the film seem to be undeniably average and misplaced.
On the whole, Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu’s subtlety and sincerity will make you laugh, cry, sympathize and empathize. It is safe to say that director Suresh Sangaiah’s career is off to a promising start.