Language : Tamil
Director : Vishal Venkat
Writers : Manikandan K, Vishal Venkat
Cast : Ashok Selvan, Nassar, Bhanupriya, Abi Hassan, Manikandan K, Anupama Kumar, Anju Kurian, KS Ravikmar, Riythvika.
Genre : Drama
Streaming on Aaha Tamil.
Debutant Vishal Venkat’s Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal, is a moving film that strikes the right emotional chords. Told in an hyperlink format, the film is a single day drama surrounding a road accident and how it impacts the lives of various unconnected individuals.
If you keep aside the accident bit, SNSM for a major part of its runtime is a feel good drama that takes a stab at human emotions and interpersonal relationships. You have a son who controls his father in the name of love, there is an aspiring young actor who is ignorant of his fathers success and ideologies, a dejected housekeeping incharge who has stopped giving his 100% to anything and finally an IT employee who values materialistic possessions over relations. Through the accident, Vishal effectively intertwines their lives and explores each of their realisation journeys.
Although an emotionally hefty subject, Vishal has treated the film in a lighter manner by refraining from taking the melodramatic route and placing the characters in a realistic space. The only drawback that can be pointed out is in the Abi Haasan portions where the dialogues felt amateurish and events unconvincing, especially towards the end. The diligence shown in writing the other portions were clearly missing here. Prasanna GK’s editing that seamlessly shifts between characters was impressive and so was the cinematography by Meyyendhiran.
All actors have done justice to their roles but my favourites were Ashok Selvan, Manikandan, Reyaa, Rishikanth and the thespian Nassar. Even within a short screen time, Nassar, through his innocent body language and dialogue delivery made sure the audience empathises with his character, a pivotal aspect to the film’s success.
Overall Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal is a satisfying and impactful drama that is bound to leave you content by the end of its runtime.
Verdict – 4/7 stars