OK Kanmani (Review): A Remarkable Romantic Film. Beautiful, Incredibly Beautiful. 4/5

OK Kanmani

How many times you’ve watched a romantic film where you could relate to or like you want to live like? This is a straight, sweep-you-off-your-feet romantic film, says P.S. Arjun

“Malargal Kettean Vaname Thandhanai
Thanneer Kettean Amirtham Thandhanai

Edhai Naan Ketpin Edhai Naan Ketpin
Unaiye Tharuvaai Unaiye Tharuvaai”

This is the story of ‘love’. I don’t want to reveal anything more here. Just go and watch this movie. This will give you a satisfaction more than any other recent movies. You will be happy. ‘OK Kanmani’ is not one of those cheesy chick flicks that often come out, it is a well written and brilliantly visualized intriguing love story. You immediately fall in love with Adhi and Thara, and you will want to follow every step of their love story. Spellbinding. For anyone who’s been through the dissolution of love, OK Kanmani is sure to resonate with you.

It makes you feel like you are reading a diary that is how detailed and wonderful this film is. After watching this film I thought, what was wrong in it? After about half an hour of thinking I realized that this was a hopeless effort. The scenes are so beautiful, and loving. That the best thing about the film is that while watching I ended up getting wrapped in the story and characters, rather than thinking what will be coming next. Majority of us is going to love Kanmani for the longest of the infinity, may be till Maniratnam makes his next romantic flick.

OK Kanmani - Nithya Menon

OK Kanmani is directed and put together wonderfully by Maniratnam with all the characters’ chemistry being on point. Maniratnam is as fresh as he was while making Mounaragam Karthik and Alaipayuthey Madhavan episodes. Amazing. Every scene is beautiful and every actor is amazing. Almost every scene in the film gives us something to smile, cry or to feel about. Dulquer Salman plays a believable handsome next door guy, as usual and Nithya Menon plays a believable gorgeous girl. All the characters are very very likable. Actors turn in engrossing and compelling performances. Technically, this movie is exceptional, too. PC Sreeram is at his best for Maniratnam. Everything about this film is wonderful.

Then there is the magician – AR Rahman. What can we say about this genius! Truly magical and spell-binding. He is in many ways a character in the film. It is he who takes you to the world of magical romance first, even before the characters, story and visuals. Without the range and level of the music Rahman has given for OK Kanmani, ‘Kanmani’ would have been handicapped. The music truly forms the soul of the film. The songs stay in your head for a very long time. Breath of fresh air. Try to beat this. It is mesmerizing. There is a soulful music track associated with every scene. Awesomeness.

It’s a cute movie that will make you happy and also perfect slap on people who marked Maniratnam as an outdated lion. You will love it for the characters and hate it for wanting you to have a love like this. It will make you smile now and then with absolute zero doubt. The combination of crazy love and AR Rahman is absolutely wonderful. This is probably one of the most beautiful, refreshing and romantic films you will ever see!

Warning: 1. The film is breath taking. 2. The romantic scenes will make your stomach burning. 3. You will want to marry ‘Nithya Menon’. 4. You will want to watch the movie again. 5. Your respect for Maniratnam will take another giant step above. 6. If you are married, you might want to be a bachelor again to fall in love again.

Plumeria Rating

review by Arjun P.S.


Film-Critic. Column Writer. Cinephile. Learning the art of Filmmaking. Madly in love with Cinema.

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