INJI IDUPPAZHAGI (2015)

INJI IDUPPAZHAGI  (2015)


Director: Prakash Kovelamudi
Casts: Anushka Shetty, Arya, Urvashi, Prakash Raj, Sonal Chauhan
Music: M.M.Keeravani
Language: Tamil
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Inji Iduppazhagi has been in the news mainly for the immense dedication and physical transformation by the talented actress Anushka. With her hard work joining hands with the Nation Award winning director, Prakash Kovelamudi, the potential and anticipation for this film has been sky high.  Does it fulfil its expectation?

Synopsis
Sweety a confident, overweight young lady finds it difficult to find a pair in her life. She then comes across a ‘Prince Charming’ Abhi (Arya) who is a fitness freak. Simaran (Sonal Chauhan) then enters the picture in between their friendship and makes Sweety upset about her weight for the first time. She takes a hasty decision to lose her weight through a weight programme that might just leave her health in risk. What happens forms the crux of the story.

Story Screenplay
First of all a grand applause for Prakash Kovelamudi and Anushka for working very hard to make a film with a big budget revolving around the message of accepting one’s weight and leading a healthy lifestyle. The message even though a little preachy at times, manages to stick in our hearts.

The fist half is breezy, cute and thoroughly enjoyable thanks to the realistically etched out scenes with believable characters. The triangular romance track of Arya-Anushka-Sonal is interesting to watch. By the time hits the intermission, the audience might be excited to witness a fun candyfloss romance film. Sadly it doesn’t sustain that.

In the second half, Inji Iduppazhagi diverts into a preachy health info entertainment where the sequences focus more on the health scams of overweight programme.  The film somehow loses its tone and translates into another region that might leave audience a little puzzled and off. Despite being novel, those episodes on the health scams seem duller and draggier compared to first half.  

However, the cute and charming climax compensates the dull second half and leaves us smiling when we leave the cinema hall.


Casting & Performance
Undoubtedly, Anushka steals the show and oozes with confident despite the physical transformation. She is cute, bubbly and delivers an exceptional performance. However, we might feel that the story and sequences did not fully utilize her hard work she has put in the film.

Urvashi is at her usual best as the mother of Anushka. Her usual wit and comic sense drives the tone of the film. Arya looks dashing and apt for the role of ‘Prince Charming’. Even though the film does not warrant much from the actor, he must be certainly commended for accepting a heroine-oriented film just for the novelty of the plot.

Master Baskar returns back after some time for a Tamil film and successfully does his role as the main comedian of the film. He shows immense promise with a great show that keeps the second half alive through his comic antics. Prakash Raj does a average job in a feeble role that gets triumphed over quite effortlessly.

Many Telugu and Tamil actors come in for cameo at the end, Even though it’s nice to see what actors do for friendship but their appearances look misplaced and forced.


Technicality

Technically, Inji Iduppazhagi is presented in a colourful way.

Nirav Shah’s lens elevates the story through his vibrant colours and the circular narrowed frame scenes are just too cute.

M.M.Keeravani’s songs that come with heavy Telugu flavour but suit the film. The ‘Inji Iduppazhagi’ remix song that comes at the end is a sheer delight. Anushka-Arya’s sparkling chemistry certainly a reason too! Great idea by director Prakash.

Prawin Pudi’s editing is crisp and keeps the film just a little more than two hours.



Bottomline
Besides the predictable, wafer-thin plot, 'Inji Iddupazhagi' is a thought provoking, colourful fun entertainer.

Verdict:
Rating :  3.25/5


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