Enai Noki Paayum Thota Movie Review: This Gautam Menon film is confused to be in a particular genre.
Last Modified On: 29 November 2019 | Reviewed By: Saurabh S Nair
GVM is known for portraying romance in films and he is good at it but when the film turns entirely into an action thriller in the second half and ruins entirely.
Cast: Dhanush, Megha Akash, Senthil Veerasaamy, Sasikumar, and Sunainaated
Directed By: Gautham Vasudev Menon
Enai Noki Paayum Thota is in the same zone has GVM's previous film Achcham Yenbathu Madamaiyada, the only different thing is with different actors. But the problem with both these films is lazy writing and it is even more evident in his latest outing.
ENPT has a solid storyline with a promising cop story in the backdrop. But, as the film progresses, the story goes haywire. If one is willing to look past umpteen crazy coincidences and some logical loopholes, there is a nice story in there, a cliched one at that.
Gautham Menon's trademark writing is visible in every frame, but one could wish that he had concentrated more on the screenplay, which would have made the proceedings far more engaging. Dhanush gets seriously injured more than once and rises like a phoenix just because he's the hero of the movie. Now, this is some lethargic writing you don't expect from Gautham Menon.
Dhanush is earnest in his performance and one cannot take their eyes off him when he's on-screen. Especially during the emotional sequences, the actor makes you buy the pain that he is in and that's the trademark of a brilliant actor. Megha Akash, too, delivers an arresting performance as the helpless Lekha.
The romance portion featuring Dhanush and Megha Akash needs special mention. Throughout the story, Lekha takes the first step and Raghu is hesitant. He proceeds only when he knows that Lekha is comfortable. Gautham Menon treats women as they should be treated and it hasn't changed one bit in this venture as well.
Just like his last film, ENPT too takes a needless action detour around the interval point and brings in elements like underworld, dirty cops and undercover agents. The story shifts from a college campus in Chennai to the busy streets of Mumbai. We follow Raghu in search of his long lost elder brother Thiru (Sasikumar), who, out of nowhere, gets introduced as an undercover cop. Raghu gets called to Mumbai by Lekha after she realizes Thiru’s life is in danger. We are later told that Thiru saved Lekha at some point and when she learns he’s in danger, she seeks Raghu’s help. From here on, the film goes nowhere and it makes the entire second half unbearably boring to sit through.
The soul of ENPT lies in Darbuka Siva's songs and background music. It is classic stuff that will stay relevant for years to come (it's already been four years since the album released). Three cinematographers (Jomon T John, Manoj Paramahamsa, and SR Kathir) have worked on the film and their work seamlessly blends into one another's.
ENPT took 3 years to release and this might be also a drawback for the film.
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