It is not without reason that Mithran R Jawahar is rated so highly when it comes to making remakes. The director keeps his reputation intact as his Tamil film, Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai, comes across as a film that more or less measures up to the original Thattathin Marayaththu.
What makes Jawahar’s rating shoot up is the fact that he has used a new comer, Walter Philips, to play the lead role of Vinoth in the remake and yet managed to reproduce almost the same magic that Nivin Pauly delivered in the original Malayalam film.
Jawahar’s touch and mastery are established from the way Isha Talwar, as Ayisha, has been showcased in the Tamil film. Isha Talwar’s performance in Tamil assumes great significance as Isha had played the role of Ayisha in the Malayalam version as well. Therefore, if one were to compare both versions, Isha’s performance would definitely be one of the factors that one would need to take into consideration.
Most people who have watched both performances would find her performance in Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai much much more classier than her performance in the Malayalam film. If her performance in Malayalam was good, her performance in Tamil is excellent.
The first half of the film is a little slow and almost gives no indication of the interesting second half that is in store. However, the second half more than makes up for the boring bits in the first.
Newcomer Walter Philips shows promise as he handles with relative ease the difficult portions of the film. Special mention must be made of Cinematographer Vishnu Sharma, whose visuals are nothing less than brilliant. Each scene has been so beautifully picturised, that it is hard for one to even take one’s eyes off the screen for a moment. However, a part of that credit t must go to director Jawahar Mithran and to costume designer Manju as well. Every costume is apt and goes well with the background and the lighting of each scene, indicating the team has worked together.
On the whole, Meendum Oru Kadhal Kadhai might not be as exceptional as Thattathin Marayaththu but it definitely is in the same league and comes across as a fulfulling romantic story that’s been told elegantly well.