Oru Kal Oru Kannadi

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This article is about the Tamil film. For the song, see Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (song).
Oru Kal Oru Kannadi
OKOK.jpg
Directed by M. Rajesh
Produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin
Written by M. Rajesh
Starring Udhayanidhi Stalin
Hansika Motwani
Santhanam
Jangiri Madhumitha
Music by Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography Balasubramaniem
Edited by Vivek Harshan
Production
company
Distributed by Red Giant Movies
Release dates
  • 13 April 2012 (2012-04-13)
(Tamil)
  • 31 August 2012 (2012-08-31)
(Telugu)
Running time 166 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget INR13 crore (US$2.1 million)[1]
Box office INR42 crore (US$6.8 million)[1]

Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (English: A Stone, A Mirror) abbreviated as OKOK is an Indian Tamil romantic comedy film written and directed by M. Rajesh.[2] It stars producer Udhayanidhi Stalin, in his acting debut, Hansika Motwani and Santhanam, whilst featuring Harris Jayaraj's music and Balasubramaniem's cinematography.[3] The film was named after a song from the film Siva Manasula Sakthi (2009). Releasing on 13 April 2012, it opened to highly positive reviews and became a commercial success.[4][5][6] It was eventually released in Telugu as OK OK on 31 August 2012.

Plot[edit]

One morning in his house, Saravanan (Udhayanidhi Stalin) receives his ex-girlfriend, Meera's (Hansika Motwani) wedding invitation. He phones his friend Parthasarathy aka Partha (Santhanam) to come with his janvasa car. On his way to Pondicherry, Saravanan thinks of his flashback. He was a ruthless youth. One day in traffic, he sees Meera and falls for her on the site. He follows her to a cloth shop and also to her Air Hostess class. He sees her house and he and Partha goes to her house as Meera calls them. There, Meera threatens Saravanan by showing her dad's photo, who is a Deputy Commissioner. But still, Saravanan follows her and asks her to love him. Meera takes her to her dad's office and he asks Saravanan to stop following Meera. Meera tells Saravanan that she has some qualifications required by her lover like shaving regularly, dressing well, breaking his friendship with Partha, coming on time, etc. Saravanan tells this to Partha and Partha asks him if Meera or he is best for him. Saravanan tells Meera is more important to him than Partha and this causes a break between Saravanan's and Partha's friendship. Later, Saravanan joins the broken love of Partha and asks him to rejoin his love. Partha agrees and then they go to Mumbai, following Meera in a flight. There, Meera alas tells that she loves Saravanan. After some months, Meera calls Saravanan once, but he does not pick up the phone and tells Partha that Meera is not real love and it is all a drama. But he really tells this for fun. But Partha had accidentally switched on the phone while Saravanan told all these. Meera, mistaking him for intentionally misusing her, comes there and breaks their love. Now, at Pondicherry, during Meera's marriage, both Saravanan and Partha end up drunk and tell a small story, in a comical way describing the broken love of Saravanan and Meera. Just as the marriage is going to happen, Rajini Murugan (Arya) comes there with a pregnant girl and his wife (Andrea Jeremiah) and tells that Meera's groom has a girlfriend who is pregnant by him and that the girl Rajini Murugan is with, is that girl. The groom agrees his mistake and reunites with his old girlfriend. Saravanan and Partha walk off the Hall, just then Meera comes and hugs Saravanan, hence reuinting with him.

Cast[edit]

Cameo Performances

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Udhayanidhi Stalin had bought the distribution rights of Rajesh's previous film Boss Engira Bhaskaran.[7] As the film emerged successful, Udhayanidhi decided to continue the collaboration, going on to play the lead role in the new project.[8]

During the pre-production stage, several actresses including Asin Thottumkal and Nayantara were approached to play the female lead but Hansika Motwani was eventually signed. The protagonist was revealed to be an unemployed youngster, as unofficial reports of a ticket collector and a band master were brushed aside.[9] Arya, Sneha and Andrea Jeremiah were roped in to perform cameo roles.[10] Hansika was forced to learn Tamil, for the director wanted her to speak fluently in the film.[11] Rajesh planned to retain the same crew members from his first two ventures but since Udhayanidhi wanted Harris Jayaraj to score the music for his debut film, he was signed over Rajesh's usual associate Yuvan Shankar Raja, while the makers decided to proceed with Balasubramaniam as the cinematographer as Sakthi Saravanan was unavailable.[12]

Filming[edit]

A photo shoot for the film was held in February 2011 with the lead.[13] The shooting of the film began in March 2011.[14] Filming was held in Tidel Park and Rajiv Gandhi Road in Chennai on 26 April.[15] Overseas shooting locations included Jordan and Abu Dhabi, where the film's team flew over to shoot a song in December 2011.[16][17] Some shots were canned at the PVR theater in Ampa Mall, Aminjikarai. Hansika Motwani and Saranya were spotted doing a scene together in the theater.[18] In the second schedule, director Rajesh shot a scene on Udayanidhi Stalin, Azhagam Perumal and Saranya Ponvannan at KK Nagar.[19] During a schedule, Santhanam was hospitalized due to illness, delaying the shoot.[20]

Release[edit]

A two-minute teaser trailer, introducing the main characters of the film, was screened during the screening of 7aum Arivu and Velayudham in theaters.[21] It was released on 13 April 2012 in Tamil as a Tamil New Year release and on 31 August 2012 in Telugu.[22] Sun TV bought the satellite rights.[23]

Soundtrack[edit]

Oru Kal Oru Kannadi
Soundtrack album by Harris Jayaraj
Released 5 March 2012 (5 March 2012)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Tamil
Label Sony Music
Producer Harris Jayaraj
Harris Jayaraj chronology
Nanban
(2011)
Oru Kal Oru Kannadi
(2012)
Maattrraan
(2012)

The album features five songs,[24] composed by Harris Jayaraj.[25] The composing sessions took place in Singapore and Ooty.[26][27] The audio launch was held at the Sathyam Cinemas on 5 March 2012. Actors Karthi, Surya, Jeeva and Arya were present at the event.[28] A three-minute trailer and song sequences was screened for the guests and media people as well.[29]

Tamil Tracklist

All lyrics written by Na. Muthukumar

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Kaadhal Oru"   Aalap Raju, Hemachandran & Sunitha Sarathy 6:07
2. "Azhage Azhage"   Mukesh & Srimathumitha 5:55
3. "Akila Akila"   Aalap Raju, Chinmayi & Sharmila 4:44
4. "Adada Oru"   Karthik 3:46
5. "Venaam Machaan"   Naresh Iyer & Velmurugan 5:14

Telugu Tracklist

All lyrics written by Bhuvanachandra

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Just Like"   Aalap Raju, Hemachandran & Sunitha Sarathy 6:07
2. "Areree Areree"   Mukesh & Srimathumitha 5:55
3. "Akila Akila"   Aalap Raju, Chinmayi & Sharmila 4:44
4. "Kalala Oka Devathe"   Karthik 3:46
5. "Vaddura Maavaa"   Naresh Iyer & Velmurugan 5:14

The soundtrack received generally positive reviews. Behindwoods.com claimed that it "definitely has a few like-able singalongs to keep the audio outlets happy", providing a rating of 3/5.[30] Indiaglitz.com mentioned that the composer had "fulfilled the director's expectations, as the songs strike a chord during the first-listen itself. 'Oru Kal Oru Kannadi' music album celebrates love and reflects youngsters, like the previous films of Rajesh."[31]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Sify called it a "rollicking comedy", stating: "If all you're looking for is a relaxed time at the movies, then, this is Good Fun. Go with your buddies, you'll laugh till you have tears in your eyes".[32] The Times of India rated it 3.5 out of 5 and said: "M Rajesh is a rarity in Tamil cinema. How else does one explain sitting through almost a three-hour-long movie without realising the passage of time?"[33] IndiaGlitz said "Oru Kal Oru Kannadi – Humour At Its Best!" and wrote that it was a "clean and convincing film that makes you laugh every minute".[34] Behindwoods.com rated the film 3 out of 5, stating: "OKOK double OK".[35] Oneindia expressed that the film "may not have a great storyline, but watching the film is worth every penny".[36] Rohit Ramachandran of Nowrunning.com stated that it was "by no means a meaningful film experience, but it is a portal for popcorn escapism".[37] Pavithra Srinivasan from Rediff.com rated it 2 out of 5 and said: "OKOK is a slightly torturous friendship story of two guys and that's pretty much it".[38]

Box Office[edit]

Oru Kal Oru Kannadi opened in more than 300 screens, with an average of 95 per cent theatre occupancy in urban regions.[6] The film began to collect even larger sums of revenue in the next four continuous weeks, acquiring a total of INR15.09 crore in a matter of 25 days in Chennai.[6][39] The film claimed top spot for more than a month at the Chennai box office. Trade pundits declared the film's collections as impressive.[6][39][40] Taken with a budget of INR13 crore it grossed around INR42 crore worldwide.[1]

References[edit]

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