After a long wait, Enai Noki Paayum Thota (ENPT), directed by Gautham Menon and starring Dhanush in the lead, has finally hit the screens.
As usual, ENPT has all the Gautham Menon touch—the right mix of action, suspense and romance. However, the bullet seems to have just missed the mark.
Just like his previous flicks, Vaaranam Aayiram which was about love and separation, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa about the quest for love and Neethaane En Ponvasantham which was about the unpredictability of love, ENPT is about love, and death.
The movie begins with Dhanush's character Raghu being tied up and a few henchmen getting ready to execute him. We see mixed emotions of fear and courage in his eyes. A bullet is fired at him and there begins the story about how he got there.
The action then shifts to an engineering college where Raghu is a student. Megha Akash, who plays Lekha, an actress, comes to the college for a film shoot. They two meet and fall in love. His love for her takes him to a crime scene, to more troubles and to the aforementioned bullet. Will the bullet that was fired at him miss the mark?
After the blockbuster Asuran which had him playing an old man, Dhanush is back to playing a carefree youngster. He is the adorable lover boy in the first half, but as the second half begins, Dhanush gets into the action hero avatar, with his eyes seething with fury.
Megha Akash is perfectly cast in the role of an actress who is forced into the profession, a girl in love and a helpless victim of harassment from her guardian.
There is the unmissable Goutham Menon touch in the first half of the film, including love at first sight, a friend of the hero telling him that he will now see the 'divine' and the intimate moments between the lead pair.
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However, the film fails to keep the audience engaged as it tries to bring together three narratives, Raghu’s love for Lekha, his hunt for his brother Thiru and the harassment faced by Lekha from her guardian. The continuous narration by Dhanush too comes as a dampener.
The cinematography and action sequences do stand out, but they do not do enough to bring the audience on to the edge of their seats. The over-reliance on narration in the second half reduces the interest in the proceedings.
Film: Enai Noki Paayum Thota
Directed by: Gautham Menon
Starring: Dhanush, Megha Akash, Sasikumar