It has become a rarity to see an entertaining movie with a simple story that makes you laugh and generally have a good time. Oh My Kadavule (2020) was a movie that delivered that and only that.
The film is about the hero getting a second chance to fix his love life. We see have this in Time-Travel (SCI-FI) films and in films like Click (2006) but OMK comes out fresh due to its simplicity. Arjun (Ashok Selvan), Anu (Ritika Singh) & Mani (Sha Ra) are close friends from childhood days. After completing their engineering together, one day Anu suddenly proposes to Arjun and he agrees to marry her, but due to absence of any “romance” between them, their marriage falls apart. When explaining the reason for the failure, he says it to be a loveless love-marriage (காதலில்லாத காதல் கல்யாணம்). That’s when, by the grace of “Gods”, Arjun gets to rewind and take a different path in his love life. Did it work?
Director Ashwath Marimuthu has taken everyday incidents and turned them comical. For example, the job Arjun gets is to be Toilet commode (Toilet Closet) tester. In two other scenes, it was brilliant timing in playing audio of Vadivelu’s “How did you know I was a toilet cleaner in Dubai” comedy and “Edhukku Pondatti” (எதுக்கப் பொண்டாட்டி) song from Kizhakku Cheemayile (கிழக்கு சீமையிலே).
With all the political marketing of Swach Bharath toilets and movies like Joker (2016) exploring the idea of “free” toilets, the subject may have become banal, but the context in which it was mentioned in the film by Arjun’s father-in-law (played by M S Bhaskar) makes it appropriate.
From her debut in Irudhi Suttru (2016), I like Ritika Singh and with her Non-Glamorous looks and measured acting, she was perfect as the heroine in this film, the story wouldn’t have worked with any of the Barbie girls of Kollywood. Ashok Selvan has given a good performance, I enjoyed his acting. Vani Bhojan (Deivamagal TV-Show fame) as the second heroine has done her role well! And with some luck, she should be doing well on the big screen too. Vijay Sethupathi and Ramesh Thilak have done a slightly-big guest role(s).
Overall, go for this one with your family and you can be sure of an enjoyable two-hours.