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A journey is always filled with revelling moments and some contrastive experiences. Life is indeed a journey of bittersweet moments and that becomes the soul of this film Vijay Sethupathi starrer film directed by Biju Vishwanath as the title suggests ‘Orange Mittai’ that is tinged with sweet and bitterness. Very rarely we do see such movies surprising us in the theatres, where they emotionally let us connect and bring some smile with tears together. Well, don’t assume this is a tragic movie and keep away from watching it. This might be a spoiler alert, but again there could be some misconceptions of seeing Vijay Sethupathi as a sick patient and probably the wrong guesses might pop up. The film also features Ramesh in another lead role alongside Aarumugam and Aarshitha.
The film is a comedy drama, where an EMT Sathya (Ramesh) has completed his first year death anniversary rituals of his father. He visits the house of his girlfriend Kavya (Aashritha) and his father shocks him with some business plans of fortune for a happy married life, which disappoints him. He comes back on duty and that’s when an urgent call from a heart-attack patient Kailasam (Vijay Sethupathi). Rest of this film is about the journey of 48 hours that brings two contrastive characters Kailasam and Sathya together giving them a father-son relationship.
Very well written and beautifully crafted narration with crisp and short duration stands out to be the enthralling experience with Orange Mittai. Just a running length of 1hr 45 minutes and we are convinced with decent screenplay that doesn’t turn out to be vague anywhere. The characters are just limited, but they get a substantial scope. Be it Vijay Sethupathi or the minute one like the love failure case that gets into the ambulance, everyone etch an impressive element. Ashok Selvan appears only during the last frame, but even gets our attention. Such is the appealing sketch by Biju Vishwanath and the roles played by everyone.
The scenes involving Vijay Sethupathi and Ramesh reflect the real life instance of many fathers and sons. There are clashes, where Ramesh swears in bad language upon the annoying nature of this aged Vijay Sethupathi, but the very next second, they reconcile. This father-son relationship is something we have never seen in many Tamil movies in the recent times, but this one projects a reality.
When it comes to performance, Vijay Sethupathi throws up an ultimate vivification of absorbing completely to the character and he owns lots of awards now. Preferably, a National award for his scintillating performance and you can sense it everywhere with his portions. There is a particular scene, where we get appalled with his sickly outburst in hospital and immediately during the auto journey, he starts dancing for ‘Adiye Manam Nilluna Nikkaadhadi’. Ramesh is awe-inspiring with his naturalistic performance. Karunakaran doesn’t appear more than couple of shots, but has a very good characterisation though it’s slightly negative. Aarumugam as Ambulance driver keeps tickling our funny bones in many places and his episodes with Vijay Sethupathi are uproarious. Aashritha is a simple beauty and her performance is appreciable.
Musical score by Justin Prabhakaran is a real bliss to the film that makes the drama complete. The background score is pleasing and couple of songs ‘Payanangal’ and ‘Theerathey Aasaigal’ are emotionally binding.
Orange Mittai offers a unique experience based on emotions and relationships that is beautifully written and very well shot by Biju Vishwanath.
Verdict: A poetic emblem of sweet emotions