ONK is a lukewarm rom-com drama that could've been several pedestals ahead of what it is.
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One more Friday. One more new release. And one more of the much attempted Rom-com type. Yet another Kollywood ritual of playing it safe that appeals to a larger set of audience. If we start frowning and looking at these type of movies with contempt, you can't get to see Tamil movies more than 3 to 4 times a year! :P
So it's all about looking at how well the director has gift wrapped the product. And to be very honest, director Nelson managed to have me by surprise thanks to his warm and cozy narration right from the act 1. Nelson etched out some laborious character arcs for every character but the best part was that, every character was convincingly well portrayed and well enacted.
The movie is based on the lives of three main characters say Dinesh, Miya George and Ramesh Thilak and the chaos they happen to face in their respective good-goings. Nelson had the knack to engage the viewer with a well plotted non-linear screenplay that moved all the three tracks with equal conviction. Supporting cast that included Bala Saravanan, Karunakaran only helped the movie get better.
Things were fair and fine until the first half. Director messed it up big time only after stepping into the second half to be precise. What was looked as a coming-of-age love track between Dinesh and his love interest, turned sour and the Ramesh Thilak track was stretched way beyond it's horizons. I couldn't help but admit that the second half managed to give nothing more than a mega-serial effect. In spite of the unpredictability factor garnished all over it, with the viewer unable to predict till the very last moment, the going was hardly convincing. The twists and turns were impressive but didn't gel with the characters' state of affairs.
In spite of scoring a mixed bag on the whole, gotta admit that this is a really decent debut from Nelson that hardly had any hiccups initially but went on to spew a lot of them towards the end. Nivetha Pethuraj is such a classy find. Superb acting and good looking. This girl is here to stay. Miya George was elegant and did her role to perfection. Dinesh was horrible in a few scenes but equally mind blowing in other.
Technically the movie was rich and eye-pleasing with special mention going out to Justin Prabhakaran. Outstanding would be an understatement. Whatever the scene is, Justin does enough to give it a better platform to stand on. Barring the quirky tones played during comedy scenes which worked the other way around, he did a commendable job throughout.
ONK is a movie I'd have loved to term it the perfect rom-com in recent times but unfortunately it fell short in conviction hence making it end up somewhere in between average and above average. One time watchable for sure but not if you're someone who's a sporadic movie goer.