Enai Noki Paayum Thota directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon has Dhanush and Megha Akash in the lead roles while Sasikumar and Sunaina play crucial supporting roles. The film is produced jointly by Escape Artists Motion Pictures and Ondraga Entertainment and is presented by Vels Film International.
Raghu (played by Dhanush), is a Computer Science Engineering student who falls in love with an actress, Lekha (played by Megha Akash). However, they are separated due to circumstances and then they meet after 4 years. But this lands him in trouble as he gets in a cat-mouse game between Thiru (Sasikumar) and a set of gangsters. Whether he gets out of it and what happens next forms the plot of the film.
The film is driven by the performances of the lead actors Dhanush and Megha Akash. The latter especially is very expressive and emotes with a certain elegance. Or to put it in Raghu’s friend’s words, she is divine. Dhanush, as usual, scores really well and gets into the shoes of Raghu quite comfortably. Among the supporting characters, Sasikumar does justice to his role.
Another factor that looked a little overdone is the voice over. Although it works until a certain point, it becomes repetitive and overused. This is because the voiceovers explain the scenes while the actor’s emotions and the proceedings already do that job. So when something is told to you for the 3rd time, it does make you a tad tired. In the process, the engagement also takes a hit.
Apart from the voice-over, there are a lot of Gautham Menon moments sprinkled all over. The man has it in him to portray a romantic relationship with realism and succeeds here too. The chemistry between the lead pair is also a big plus. It’s amazing to see how Gautham Menon gives importance to the female characters in the film by treating them with dignity and giving them a lot of scopes. ENPT also sees the trend continue and Lekha will go down as a memorable ‘GVM character’.
Darbuka Siva’s music and its popularity makes the song sequences look like a dream, that’s slightly overstretched at places, but more importantly, they help in keeping the mood of the scene intact. The cinematography, especially the choice of lighting and colours works like a charm and that is one department where a GVM film never fails. On the whole, the film could have been a bit shorter, which could have engaged us even more, but nevertheless ENPT deserves a watch.