The Tamil movie Let’s Get Married is now playing in cinemas across the UAE. It is directed by Ramesh Thamilmani and stars Harish Kalyan, Ivana, Nadiya, Yogi Babu
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Let’s Get Married review
When India’s cricketing legend MS Dhoni announced that he was getting into film production, there were raised eyebrows in surprise. After all, it is not his allied field of interest. But when it was known that his film venture would be in Tamil, the surprise kind of subsided as Thala (which is what MSD is fondly called in Tamil Nadu) is a much-loved adopted son of the State.
His exploits as the captain of the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL have endeared him to the cricket-and-film-mad public of Tamil Nadu. And there was also hope that his first film as a producer and his wife Sakshi would offer his brand of fun and fireworks.
But even halfway into the film, you feel stumped — not in typical Dhoni style. This feeling is more out of exasperation over what is happening on screen. Things are anti-Dhoni — amateurish and shoddy. The problem mostly rests with the director Ramesh Thamilmani, who shows no control over the proceedings. If he were in charge, Captain Dhoni would have sent him back to the pavilion.
It is tough to be sympathetic or even empathetic to a movie filled with all the cliches and, to boot, is made with no redeeming technical finesse. The computer graphics work is so shoddy that you wouldn’t want it in your reels on Instagram.
The film is exactly what we saw in the trailer. Two young lovers, Gowtham (Harish Kalyan) and Meera (Ivana), tie the knot. Their parents, too, have no issues. So where’s the hitch? Meera has misgivings about living with her mother-in-law-to-be (Nadiya).
It would be silly to attempt a live-in plan with your prospective mother-in-law. So Meera proposes a family trip to get acquainted with her husband’s family. And all hell breaks loose in the trip as things go haywire. But eventually, all is well because the film mercifully ends.
Harish Kalyan, Ivana and Nadiya all look earnest. But whatever they do in the film is of no consequence as the narrative treatment is everywhere. Yogi Babu, the driver of the vehicle, tries to tickle the funny bone. But no joke lands. But the entire film is a bit of a joke, in a manner of speaking.
Certainly not the kind of start Captain Dhoni would have wanted in his new innings.
An engineer-turned-journalist, K Balakumar’s career began in print publications as a sports writer. That also opened doors for other journalistic avenues like films, music, finance, technology and politics, which nobody can escape in India. After 30 yrs in mainstream journalism, now a freelancer for various digital publications.