Indru Netru Naalai- Rib tickling Brain teaser
Sci-fi is a genre that is seldom undertaken in the Tamizh film industry. The reason is pretty simple; the audience in the past has always shunned any movie that makes them think too much. Unlike the western world, here the viewers only like movies they are able to understand at first watch. They aren’t the biggest fans of movies that require you to exercise your grey matter. This is not necessarily a problem as it is quite understandable that cinema is more of a medium to entertain oneself for two hours and only then appreciation of ideas or art. What I am trying to say is that it is difficult to come across a director who would dabble with things like time travel around here. But the magic of Indru Netru Naalai is that it doesnt require so much of a headache. It does not put one in a mood to pick on the minute logical fallacies because you’re far too busy laughing.
Debutant Ravi Kumar has directed a fast paced entertainer that mixes the right amount of science and humour to keep our ribs and minds tickled. Now there were a lot of loopholes and inconsistencies, but they hardly matter when you’re enjoying every minute of the movie. It is quite brave to start off you career on a road not taken but his choice seems to have paid off. He has shown that even at its simplest form, cinema can be wonderful. The little connects he has plotted throughout unravel beautifully (kudos for bringing Bagavathi aka Bux towards the end).
Indru Netru Naalai narrates the tale of a common Indian, full of lofty ideas but without the means to make them materialise, trying to get his life together. He and his astrologer friend chance upon a device that helps them travel through time. The movie goes on to talk about how much the smallest of our actions can change things around us. Despite having one of the best narrations and screenplay in recent times, a lot of scenes seem to be superficial and forced. You see people through the movie being ‘mildly thrilled’ about what has always been the dream of any creator. You see TM Karthik (of Evam fame) as a scientist who seems to consider the entire machine as something one could stumble upon any day. The little wonder that the cast shows is through a few forced cheers. Towards the end we could see the words *insert social message* being written in the script as it almost comes on cue. Now this may seem like nitpicking but when you make a movie of high quality, it is the little things that stop it from being greater. You are left bemused at times rather than amazed.
Vishnu’s career seems to be a fairytale as he jumps from one fantastic script to another. 2014 was a fantastic year for him with ‘Mundassupatti’ and ‘Jeeva’ and now he follows it up with another enjoyable performance. His choice of working with offbeat scripts seems to have been a brilliant one. But the true hero of the movie was Karunakaran. The only other time I remember laughing so much was for ‘Boss Engira Baskaran’ when Santhanam was in his golden period. His “natural humour” has us in splits in almost every scene. Although due credit has to be given to the script for humour, his magic worked to perfection. The rest of the cast seemed to be pretty ordinary and like a lot of movies, the villain comes off as comical rather than scary.
Technically the movie was quite outstanding. The graphics and special effects were pretty realistic and highly commendable for an industry struggling that area. The music seemed to be nice and it was infused with the movie thereby ensuring there were no sudden breaks in a script that required no less than the 5th gear.
On the whole the movie is a positive step forward in an industry that is slowly growing leaps and bounds and breaking its stereotypes with its potential stars in cast and crew. 2015 has already been a great year for movies.