I have watched many good movies and reviewed them too. For the first time this review will be in 1st person as I find it to be more appropriate to describe an experience. Indeed director Mysskin’s ‘Onnaiyum Aatukuttiyum’ was not purely an indulgence to get entertained but an experience to remember. After the colossal disappointment with his last movie ‘Mugamoodi’ which neither had the substance nor the style, I should say I was eagerly waiting for this one. And now 60 minutes after the credits rolled and @ 1 am in the morning, I feel this experience which lasted 2 hrs and 20 minutes deserves my burning of the midnight lamp to review it. Yes, director Mysskin is back to his forte and reigns as a ‘Master’ in this genre of movies. Just like it took the great Hitchcock to make ‘PSYCHO’ by himself, coincidentally this happens to be the directors home production.
To keep it simple, the travails of a hired killer in his attempt to seek redemption forms the crux of this brilliant script. Right from the first scene with a person shot in the highway until the heart wrenching climax in the basement of a car park, I was hooked on to it. With no commercial escapism’s whatsoever there was nothing to distract me in this riveting thriller. Thoroughly impressed, I was, by the leads of this movie – ‘Sri’ of Vazhakku En 18/9 fame who plays a medical college student and the director himself who plays the hired killer. The former personifies the meek lamb and the latter – the Wolf. I felt a similarity in the treatment to his Yudham Sei where all which the story establishes pre-interval unfolds to enlighten the audience in the 2nd half.
To me there is another ‘Hero’ in the movie. Though only behind the scenes his soul stirring BGM added a different dimension to this experience. Despite no songs at all, our Maestro ‘Illayaraja’ reminds us of why he is an ‘Isai Gnani’. After a long time, I sat through the entire credits to listen to Raaja sir’s composition. There are many many beautiful scenes which left a lasting impression in me, be it the first 20 minutes (or) the sterling climax sequence in the basement (or) specially the scene in the cemetery in which the premise to this chase is narrated as a story to a blind child and his parents symbolized with animals.
Verdict: While ‘Yudham Sei’ is still closer to my heart, don’t miss this gem for Mysskins midas touch!