Oh My Kadavule movie review: Of friendship, romance and second chances

Ashwath obsesses over the gentle feel-good moments, but doesn’t dive deep down into characters’ emotions. At the same time, Oh My Kadavule explores relationships. They pull each other’s hair like kindergarten children. Maybe it was there, but Ashwath Marimuthu didn’t want to show. In the beginning, we get a card that reads: “Thanks for inspiring us, GVM sir”. I wish the film had conveyed this, too. Arjun and Anu are shown as lovers, but they don’t do things that lovers mostly do. We don’t see them kiss, cuddle or have sex often. Anu asks Arjun the crucial question—”kalyanam pannikalaama?” when they get drunk. The actor has a likeable presence that makes up for a bit of overacting. Certain scenes are too conveniently written. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd


Vijay Sethupathi But the course of true love is never smooth! It’s all there, but it doesn’t surface. Kaigal korthu pesinaalae dhairiyangal thondrumae.”
Generally, rom-coms are constantly written off, but the genre still thrives. I am not saying this because it has fantasy elements. We get shots of him smiling benevolently or looking wisely into the distance. The success or failure of rom-coms depends on whether we believe in the relationship of the protagonists or not—and if yes, to what extent. But Ashwath Marimuthu seems a GVM ‘veriyan’. Oh My Kadavule judges Ritika Singh’s character for making the dosa hard. Those portions are the film’s biggest plus. Anu feels disappointed, but she doesn’t explicitly say it. But why she does so, hasn’t been justified properly. Please, come on. Oh My Kadavule asks whether friends can become lovers and whether a couple can find their way back to each other even after they have broken up. It never seemed like they had a strong real connection. Right from the word go, Oh My Kadavule is interesting and it largely works because of the fantasy spin and the fun treatment to the subject matter—but the writing is problematic. She smiles, “Let things happen. It begins with a couplet from Thirukkural that emphasises the importance of friendship. With rom-coms, we only witness the “forced” happily-ever-afters. Well, Arjun could have made dosas for himself. There’s “com” (thanks to Vijay Sethupathi, Ramesh Thilak, and not Shah Ra), but where is the “rom?”
Another instance is that Meera sees her ex after a long time, and decides to patch up with him. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. Also, we take home a message that the lucky ones are those who fall in love with their best friends—which sometimes happen unintentionally. But he doesn’t do that. There’s zero sexual tension between them. Written by S Subhakeerthana
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Updated: February 14, 2020 10:49:00 pm

Ritika gets the lip-sync right, despite not speaking fluent Tamil. Yes, Sethupathi plays God, and the film doesn’t build him up so much, thankfully. The problem with Oh My Kadavule is that the on-screen chemistry between Ashok Selvan and Ritika Singh doesn’t flow seamlessly. Oh My Kadavule further insists it is okay to take chances and if you love someone, let them know. They head to the Family Court for a divorce, but something bizarre happens. Like most of Gautham Menon films, Oh My Kadavule has a Christian female protagonist, Raasali-like song in AYM, a road trip to Kerala on Royal Enfield, picturesque spots and characters who can’t make up their mind. Anu leans on the bed and initiates a kiss, but Arjun doesn’t want to. But the same film, in the second half, tells why falling in love with your best friend can be magical. Nevertheless, this is, arguably, the neatest of Ashok Selvan’s filmography post-Thegidi. Watch out for those terrific scenes where Vijay Sethupathi indulges in some philosophical banter, alongside Ramesh Thilak. However, the entire crux of the film can be summed up from the lyrics of Kadhaippoma song—”Vairam ondrai kaiyil vaithu, engae thaedi alaindhaayo? 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. And this shocks Arjun’s parents as they casually enter the house. Also, we don’t get concrete reasons behind their break up. It looks like she was saying this just because she was high. This is a film that could have been much more than what it was if it were tighter. Arjun is given a second chance by God to fix his relationship with Anu. Oh My Kadavule movie cast: Ashok Selvan, Ritika Singh, Vijay Sethupathi, Vani Bhojan, Shah Ra
Oh My Kadavule movie director: Ashwath Marimuthu
Oh My Kadavule movie rating: Three stars
Arjun (Ashok Selvan) is in “love-ay illaadha love marriage.” Despite marrying his best friend Anu (Ritika) aka “noodles mandai”, Arjun remains unhappy because “friend-a wife-a paarka mudiyadha” reason. Several scenes look staged. Ashok Selvan, Shah Ra and Ritika Singh are able to create a genuine warmth as friends, and their bond forms the emotional core of the film. Overall, if you are willing to look past the forgivable lapses and cliche-ridden scenes, you may like Oh My Kadavule. They ask, “When will both of you start living like a husband and a wife?”
The film tells the story of three best friends – Arjun, Anu and Mani (Shah Ra). Anu makes dosa, but somehow, Arjun feels it doesn’t look his mother’s dosa. But why? I’ll wait.” She doesn’t believe in forcing it. Arjun and Anu decide to take a break from each other. So, he makes a big fuzz out of the whole situation. It doesn’t “feel right”. Slowly, Arjun does realise how much he is actually in love with Anu, and I like how Ashwath has structured Ashok Selvan’s character. Also, we are shown that he has ‘feelings’ for his high school crush Meera (Vani Bhojan), an aspiring director who assists Gautham Menon (who appears as himself). She is a woman, so she’s supposed to make a flawless dosa, is it? As a debut filmmaker, Ashwath Marimuthu has done a pretty decent job in showing how second chances matter. Arjun and Anu continue to fight over petty things. He just can’t imagine kissing her because he hasn’t started to see her ‘differently’. Arjun isn’t satisfied with his job and wants to pursue a career in cinema. He scores high in the second half as much as he does in the first one. It’s impossible to miss the “coincidences”. One of the best parts in Oh My Kadavule belongs to MS Bhaskar, who plays Anu’s father.