‘Idhu Namma Aalu’

It is nice to see STR fitting himself into a role that is confined within the scope of the storyline. His role doesn’t provide the feed that could pacify his calibre in acting as the sole objective of the script is to provide ample entertainment. With his charm and the references from his personal life, Simbu has supported the screenplay to a much a larger extent. Humorous portions involving STR and Soori have been an absolute delight.  An entertainer involving Simbu isn’t complete when the movie is devoid of a perfect dance number partnered with the vibrant dance moves of the ‘Vaalu’ star. One such song in ‘Idhu Namma Aalu’ is ‘Maaman waiting’.

Nayanthara has an equal screen presence as that of STR in this movie. Her appearance seems to be simple as well as prepossessing and she has proffered a decent performance.

Andrea has been provided with a role that has a considerable scope in the pre-interval half of the movie. But, it tends to diminish in the post interval part. She has given a vivacious depiction to the role that she has enacted.

Fun moments in ‘Idhu Namma Aalu’ have heavily relied upon Soori. He hasn’t let down the responsibility that has been vested upon him. Soori’s natural innocence in his appearance accompanied with his dialogue delivery, timing and delineation has worked big for this movie.

Jayaprakash, Uday Mahesh, Dheepa Ramanujam and Madhusudhan Rao have been offered with decent roles which they have executed effectively.

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One could witness a long list of cameos in ‘Idhu Namma Aalu’. It comprises of Santhanam, Adah Sharma, Jai, Producer Dhananjayan Govind and the director himself. Santhanam has done an extended cameo and has spilt his usual quirky one-liners. Actress Adah Sharma, who has previously made her presence felt in Hindi, Kannada and Telugu Film Industries has forayed into the Tamil film fraternity by shaking her legs alongside STR for the song, ‘Maaman waiting’. Jai has appeared in a fun-filled cameo. Both Dhananjayan Govind and Pandiraj have provided decent portrayals in their respective cameos.

For a rom-com, captivating songs and background score should be vital which Kuralarasan has delivered despite ‘Idhu Namma Aalu’ being his debut flick.

Prem Navas has rendered posh backdrops. Balasubramaniem’s cinematography has been simple, fresh and cool. There are few noteworthy aerial shots as well. Clarity has been quite evident in Praveen KL’s cuts.

Pandiraj has leveraged the real life personas of the lead stars of this movie, penned a simple story accompanied with striking and quirky dialogues and extracted a decent job from each and every department of the movie. Thereby, the end product has come out as an interesting entertainer. In the beginning of the movie, the day-to-day happenings of the IT professionals are presented in a nutshell in a playful fashion where Pandiraj has pulled their legs. Elements such as the display of the ‘Calling’ template of a mobile phone whenever a phone call arrives, ‘Loading…’ messages in the electronic devices, ‘WhatsApp’ message structure and the emoticons being utilised in the chat windows, that the youth could well interpret with, have been optimized and placed effectively in the movie by Pandiraj. The manner in which the leads save the mobile number of each other using different names in various occasions of the movie has been presented well by the director. A scene where Madhusudhan Rao expresses his stand over his daughter’s marriage using the hand gesture to Jayaprakash and the way in which Jayaprakash gets the point has been panned out well.

With ‘Idhu Namma Aalu’, Pandiraj has proved that he could engage the audience by coming up with a story that is completely set in the metro backdrop and has once again made a point that he is well versed in retrieving the best from each and every department of the movie.

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