After the runaway success of “Oru Kal Oru Kannadi” & “Sundarapandian” for Udhayanidhi and S.R.Prabhakaran respectively, now, they both have come together for the film “Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal” a simple and straightforward family entertainer. The movie has Udhayanidhi, Nayanthara, Santhanam, Saranya , Sunder Ramu, Chaya Singh & others in important roles. The movie which is produced by Red Giant Movies has music composed by Harris Jayaraj, cinematography by Balasubramaniem. The immense popularity of Udhayanidhi – Santhanam combo from Oru Kal Oru Kannadi film has caught the attention of one and all for Idhu Kathivelan Kadhal as well ever since it was announced last year. With a perfect launch pad through OKOK, Udhayanidhi as hero has got another winner in hand.

Story of IKK : Udhayanidhi is a faithful devotee of God Anjaneya and doesn’t believe in love or marriage. One fine day he leaves to Coimbatore to reunite his sister Chaya Singh & his brother in law. As and when he reaches CBE and stays, he finds out a gorgeous and pretty looking lady – Nayanthara who lives opposite his house and falls for her beauty instantly and plans to propose her with the help of Santhanam. And Nayanthara is in love with Sunder Ramu for sometime, amidst this love triangle, we see a family war going on between Udhay’s – Nayan’s family and Chaya Singh’s reason to be thrown out of her house. Now how all these knots gets intertwined follows the rest of the story.

Director Prabhakaran has managed to deliver a neat entertaining movie which follows the steady path where he played with romance, comedy and family sentiments in right proportions with a potent message towards the end. Even though the main script lacks the bulky weight he has worked hard on his screenplay which is very well presentable to the audience.

Comparing OKOK, Udhayanidhi as Kathirvelan suits the character well and he has shown some maturity and improvement right from his face expressions, to his acting skills and most importantly his dance, he has a long way to go! Nayanthara as Pavithara – is a girl next door doing her job in a TV showroom company possesses her elegance and beauty in an appropriate manner. She fits the character well and her chemistry with Udhayanidhi is fresh and fine. Looks like she is on a hattrick success after Raja Rani and Arrambam.

Packed with clever & witty one-liners, Santhanam as Mayilvaganam carries the film to the winning post from the start till the end. He is in top form and no wonder, he is a comedy superstar in his own right for sure. The TV showroom scene with Udhayanidhi – Nayanthara and the scene where he swallows the pills are hilarious to the core. Mayilsamy in a cameo amazes with his mimic act!
The other supporting cast such as Naren, Chaya Singh, Saranya, Jayaprakash, Sunder Ramu have done their part well.

Talking about the technical aspects, music by Harris Jayaraj comes out with breezy numbers but wonder if even one can be a huge chartbuster like in the case of OKOK with ‘Venam Machan’. Anyhow, they were well captured, picturized and choregraphed but most of them went out of sync and act as speed breakers in the proceedings. The outfits/costumes for Udhayanidhi and Nayanthara were fabulous.
Thumbs up to man behind the lens – Balasubramaniem who gave a rich look and feel to the film. Editing by Don Bosco was fine but then the film could have been more crispier for the lags here and there atleast.

Overall, IKK is a barrel of some laughs, romance and family value sentiments with a substantial story but director S.R.Prabhakaran has made sure the presentation is impressive and there he hits the note rightly. The film could have been cut to a crisper length than its more than 150 minutes of viewing time. ‘IKK’ may fall short of Udhay’s earlier venture – OKOK to some people, but nevertheless it’s a fairly enjoyable fun ride.

And although IKK has some cliches and offers nothing new in terms of theme/story, watchout for Santhanam’s hilarious one liners, backed up by a strong technical crew & starcast and a very convincing message in the climax.

My rating 3/5