Doing a comedy caper that is convincing and clear from the word go is no easy task. Director M Rajesh in his previous outings 'Siva Manasula Sakthi' and 'Boss Engira Baskaran', blended romance and humour in right mix with Santhanam as the mainstay. His third offering 'Oru Kal Oru Kannadi' (OK OK) is no different. He treads a path that guaranteed success to him. 'OKOK' has caught the attention of one and all since it hit the floors for it is the debut acting venture of producer Udhayanidhi Stalin.
With Rajesh teaming up with Santhanam again and Harris Jayaraj in the scheme of things, expectations soared high. Loaded with witty one-liners, comical punches (that are quite typical of Santhanam) 'OKOK' lives up to all its pre-release hype!
Rajesh seems to have caught the pulse of young audience well. His youthful narration of the script devoid of cliches and quick unfolding of events makes the movie an interesting watch. Friendship, love, emotions all find a place in 'OKOK', but living up to his signature style, Rajesh ensures the comical element is driving force in the movie.
Cheers to Udhayanidhi for he brings before our eyes a typical Chennai youth. His body language and dialogue delivery are cool and comfortable. He seems to be at ease before the camera. The producer-turned-actor seems to have done enough home work and gets his act right in the end. Welcome addition to Tamil screen, his debut venture promises aplenty.
Hansika Motwani plays Udhay's ladylove. The bubbly young girl sways to songs, has enough scope to emote and also pitch in with comedy in few scenes. She is tailor-made for the role that is quite typical of an upper class girl.
The innocent portrayal by Saranya Ponvannan as Udhay's mother, Azhagam Perumal as his father besides Shayaji Shinde - all give their best on screen. But the scene-stealer is Santhanam. Caught between his friend and his romance, Santhanam plays Parthasarathy who livens up the proceedings.
When he is on screen there are no dull moments. He shares equal footage with Udhayanidhi. Watch out for the laugh-riot involving him and Udhay on board an aircraft that brings the roof down with laughter.
As in his previous films, Rajesh has managed to get some big names like Sneha, Arya and Andrea Jeremiah for cameos.
The movie unfolds in flashback. Saravanan (Udhayanidhi) is a happy-go-lucky-youngster, who works in a multiplex along with his good friend Parthasarathy (Santhanam). Saravanan's mother (Saranya) is innocent and strives hard for over twenty years to get his graduation, since it is her husband's (Azhagam Perumal) dream desire.
One day, Saravanan meets Meera (Hansika), student of an aviation school, who wants to become an air hostess. Daughter of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shayaji Shinde), she is cool and bubbly. Saravanan falls for her instantly. He even expresses himself only to be rejected by her.
He desperately runs behind her to win over her heart. He even takes the help of his friend Partha. But all their plans fail. As it happens, it is a cat and mouse game between the two. But things take a turn and Meera's wedding gets fixed with an industrialist's son.
The highlight of this comedy caper is a brilliant technical team that stands by Rajesh. Balasubramaniam's cool lens captures the comical scenes well. A song sequence in Egypt is a visual treat. Vivek Harshan's editing is crisp. His scissors add momentum to the script that has no fiery punch lines or pulsating stunt sequences.
Harris Jayaraj is in full flow. His re-recording and songs go hand-in-hand with the script. The songs including 'Venam Machchan...', 'Azhagae...' and 'Kadhal Oru...' are pleasant and nice to hear.
Produced by Red Giant Movies, 'OKOK' thanks to Rajesh's splendid and shrewd handling of humour is a double OK. It is a clean and convincing film that makes you laugh every minute.