MEENDUM ORU KADHAL KADHAI MOVIE REVIEW
Staring : Walter Phillips, Isha Talwar
Director : Mithran Jawahar
Music : G. V. Prakash Kumar
Production : Sangili Murugan
When Malayalam cinema was going through the stereotypical means of filmmaking, it was Vineeth Srinivasan, who came up with a path breaking film ‘Thattathin Marayathu’ starring Nivin Pauly and Isha Talwar in lead roles, which was based on Hindu-Muslim love story. The film is now remade in Tamil with debutant Walter Philips and Isha Talwar in lead roles, directed by Jawahar Mithran of Kutty, Yaaradi Nee Mohini and Uthama Puthiran fame.
The film is set against the backdrops of Hindu-Muslim love story, where Walter Philips is a boy from orthodox Hindu family and Isha Talwar, a Muslim girl. When these young hearts fall in love and have their soulful emotions expressed, their families intervene and create a hassle in accordance to the religion issues. Now as the couple decides to elope from their places and start a new beginning, they are tested with trials and tribulations of some unexpected events.
What becomes an instant intriguing attraction is the star-cast. Director has done a best work on casting stupendous actors, who have given their best on good notes. Particularly, Walter Philips has managed to give a neat acting with the right expressions. He doesn’t imitate Nivin Pauly in any places and has tried to give new life to the same character. Isha Talwar has come up with better performance than her act in original version. Thalaivasal Vijay playing the role of her father and Nasser as her uncle has done a nitty-gritty performance. Manoj K Jayan too has done a neat performance and his role is very significant in the script.
Musical score by GV Prakash is one of the biggest strengths in the film and cinematography is yet another additional embellishment to the movie. The film’s editing could have been better as some of the transitions look dragging.
Overall, Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai has best moments offering breezy, joyful and emotional essence of love, which can be regarded as one of the best love stories in the recent times. Had the director Jawahar had trimmed few scenes keeping it crispy for our regional adaption, MOKK would have been more engaging.
Verdict : Simple tale of love narrated with good elements