Prakashraj’s penchant for meaningful movies is known to everyone. His production ventures never failed to entertain and appease the film- loving audience. After a handful of such films like ‘Mozhi’, ‘Vellithirai’ and ‘Abhiyum Nanum’, he has come out with ‘Inidhi Inidhu’, a remake of Telugu hit ‘Happy Days’, which speaks about love, friendship, fun, hatred and jealousy in a college campus, in a realistic manner.
A feel-good film, this Tamil version by cinematographer-turned- director Guhan is breezy and takes one to the college campus. Though a host of films set in college life is there in Tamil cinema, what works wonders for ‘Inidhi Inidhu’ is its fresh casting, catchy visuals and simple and casual dialogues.
The story penned by Shekar Kammula is straightforward and a sincere attempt. It doesn’t get preachy or goes too dramatic. Close to reality, the movie shows the life of teenagers, their pressures in academics, friendship and the bond they share with parents.
Sidhu (Adhith), Tyson (Narayanan), Vimal (Vimal), Shankar (Shravan), Madhu (Reshmi), Jiya Umar (Sangee) and Appu (Fenas) are a bunch of freshers in a college. They all together make a fine gang. Soon Sidhu and Madhu, Shankar – Sangee, Appu and Vimal make a pair. Meanwhile, Tyson ends up falling in love with a senior Sravanthi (Sonia).
There comes a host of fun-filled moments besides hatred, jealousy and emotional moments in their lives. The rest of the story is how they spend their four years of their education in the campus and express love for their respective dear ones.
All the new kids have done well. Narayanan as Tyson walks away with all honours. As an innocent and intelligent youth, he is an apt cast. Vimal who plays a comical role is fresh and impresses with his one- liners.
Reshmi in the female lead (enacted by Tamannah in the original) plays it with ease and elegance. Sonia as final year student puts up a dignified performance, while Fenaz is impressive. Unfortunately Adhith as Siddhu fails to recreate the bubbly energy when compared to the one who performed the role in ‘Happy Days’.
Guhan has not just wielded the megaphone well but cranked his camera in an engrossing way. He has brought out emotions well in the scenes of separation and reunion between the pairs. Also the visuals are soothing. A couple of songs by Micky J Meyer is ok. But the rest sounds very alien.
On the flip side, at many places, the ego clash between the pairs reminds one of ‘Kushi’ and also the narration becomes very slow towards the second half. However on the whole. Prakashraj and Guhan deserves credit for giving a feel-good and a healthy entertainer amidst mindless masalas.