Vimal, a favorite among Tamizh cinema directors for rural and semi-rural based roles, makes an attempt to change that image with a cool, foreign-return character. His attempt, sadly goes in vain, due to his struggle in imbibing the body language and dialogue delivery senses of a typical city-slicker, and that too, someone who comes after spending a lengthy time in the United States ! Its very evident that he is very uncomfortable in such roles and its even more appalling to see him play a teenage-school student ! What was Ravi Lallin thinking ? There are two heroines in the film, and they are Dipa Shah and Oviyaa, respectively. The former takes the bigger piece of the cake, in terms of screen presence. She was adequate for her role, but her character was poorly written and lacks depth and originality. Oviya, has an extended-cameo type of role, and appears once in a while. The rest of the cast such as Manobala, Charu Haasan, Ashwin Raja, Velmurugan and etc had nothing much to do, and most of them lack substance in their performances. But the blame should fall on the director for writing such poorly-etched characters.
The technical work in the film was just average and there's nothing much to shout about. P.Ganesan did a decent work in the costume department, making the characters look good on screen. Dhilip Subbarayan's action choreography was not bad and he must be commended for choreographing it, in a manner which suits Vimal's style and mannerisms. R.D Vijay's art direction was minimal but suffice, especially for the props used as house decors and for the class room setting. Suraj Kaviq's editing was just plain ordinary. Rajesh Yadav and Aaro's cinematography was simple. The shots of Ooty were pleasant to the eyes and the color tone used throughout the film, was suitable for the script. S.M Faizal's songs were just below average. Since Ooty served as the backdrop of script, all the songs were picturized in the cool Ooty region. "Adi Aathi" the only hummable number was picturized on Vimal and Oviya, in montage sequences, depicting their developing relationship during their teenage days. The song appears another time, during the latter part of the film, and is again shot on the same pair, but with more dialogue portions and some unnecessary picturization done in Malaysia. "Bussey Bussey", was literally shot with the bus being used as the backdrop, with the addition of glamorously-clad item girls. "Min Miniaye" is a montage song with some dance choreography in between, and was shot on Vimal and Dipa Shah, this time. "Yaayum Yaayum" is a situational-cum-dream song, shot on Vimal and Dipa Shah, with the heroine being subjected to some glamorous portions.
Ravi Lallin's script was very amateurish and shoddily written. The characters lack depth and originality, as mentioned earlier, and its unbelievable to watch Dipa Shah perform a heroine character so rooted in Tamizh culture, which is such an out-dated idea ! Also, boos to Ravi Lallin for the inclusion of crass and distasteful comedy portions, which borders vulgarity, where female characters are shown in unnecessary angles, for no apparent reasons ! The director had some messages which he wanted to convey, but it was done so, in a very preachy manner, which was too boring and lame ! The screenplay lacks cohesiveness and some of the sequences stick out like a sore thumb and did not gel with the overall storyline. As said earlier, the characters look too caricaturish and none of the artistes had a decent role to play !
'Sillunu Oru Kadhal' is a poor product, with nothing new and fresh to offer.
Ratings: 1.25/5 STARS