I heard great reviews about the Kannada movie Lucia (2013) and wanted to see it. Once I learned a Tamil version is being made of it, I decided to wait and not see the Kannada original. Today I saw the Tamil version – Enakkul Oruvan (எனக்குள் ஒருவன்) starring Siddharth as Vicky and Deepa Sannidhi as Divya. It was a fine movie and I could understand why those who saw Lucia appreciated it so much.
Kamal Haasan’s Enakkul Oruvan (1984) was about a previous life, but writer (original Kannada Director) Pawan Kumar’s Enakkul Oruvan is about one real world and dream world inside each one of us. The film is 100% based on the protagonist Siddharth, who dons two roles – the real one and dream one, Siddharth has utilized the opportunity well and after Kaaviya Thalaivan (2014) yet another memorable performance from him. Deepa Sannidhi has a limited supporting role in both worlds, in a few scenes she gets to bring out her talent, but nothing to highlight, which is probably what the writer and director wanted. Music is by Santhosh Narayanan, Prabhalamagave song has been on the charts for some time now and was enjoyable.
The film moves across three different planes, present, past and dream, still, we find it easy to follow the story (s) thanks to the brilliant script. Real-world and Dreamworld are nicely differentiated between colour and monochrome cinematography, to coincide with the long-held belief that people dream only in Black ‘n’ White. A recent study at Dundee University have disproved this, but that doesn’t make this storytelling technique any less useful. Though there are three sets of happenings, the Director has kept the length of the film to be less than two and half hours, for which I wish to applaud Director Prasad Ramar.
The film starts with a hospital ICU where Siddharth is lying in coma condition after a near-death incident. The police crime inspector sees a set of tablets which he learns is called Lucia, an addictive drug. For the next 2 hours, we are gripped by the happenings on the silver screen, expecting to see a drug gang crime story, but the climax turns to be completely different and that provides the answer to who is inside each one of us (எனக்குள் ஒருவன்).
Don’t miss it!