2012 has become the year of small movies. Well written and wonderfully directed, these movies have made big starrers nothing but big jokes
Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kanom (NKPK) is the pinnacle for all these movies. A crown jewel that has made indie movies a reality in Tamil. NKPK is a story about Prem Kumar (Vijay Sethupathi) who temporarily loses his recent memory when he falls down while playing cricket with his friends Bajji aka Balaji (Raj Kumar), Bagavathy aka Bugs (Bagavathi himself) and Saras (Vigneshwaran). The problem is Prem loses his last one year memories and in turn forgets his own marriage scheduled in two days. How his friends get him married without anyone knowing about his temporary memory loss forms rest of the story.
NKPK is based on the premise that reality is stranger than fiction. Based on a true story from the lives of Prem (Cameraman), Balaji (director) and Bugs, NKPK doesn’t fall short anywhere to entertain the audience. There are no slapstick sequences nor deliberate attempt to create humour. All the characters in the movie are pretty serious in what they are doing but we laugh at their plight. The sequences are genuinely strange and extremely hilarious to see them from a third person’s view.
All are made possible because of spot on casting, wonderful acting and smart writing. Be it Bugs’ quirky one liners and dialogues or Bajji’s ever terrified expressions, the director has extracted the best possible outcomes. Of course, Vijay Sethupathi is brilliant. Although I missed Ved Shankar’s Crazy Minnal, Siddharth Vipin’s BGM is brilliant. I personally recommend my readers to give the sound track a shot.
A few reviews and even audiences quip that repetitiveness of dialogues are irritating but I thought it was a deliberate attempt from the director to irritate the audience. You should also have a taste of what was happening in real life. Think about it, how would you have handled such a situation if your friend had a temporary memory loss?
NKPK doesn’t have big stars nor has lavish production value. It in fact shows why Tamil movies have to reinvent themselves to suit the tastes of Tamil audience. The movie is stubbornly honest and radically different. One more important thing is, it has chosen an age old theme of mental disease that has been beaten to death in Tamil movies yet the director gives a different treatment to it. Wish more NKPKs happen in Tamil cinema.
A deserving 4/5 and a must watch for NKPK. For once, you will not feel guilty about laughing at other’s plight 🙂