Oru Kal Oru Kannadi
|Oru Kal Oru Kannadi|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||M. Rajesh|
|Produced by||Udhayanidhi Stalin|
|Written by||M. Rajesh|
Udhayanidhi Stalin |
|Music by||Harris Jayaraj|
|Edited by||Vivek Harshan|
|Distributed by||Red Giant Movies|
|Budget||₹130 million (equivalent to ₹170 million or US$2.5 million in 2017)|
|Box office||₹420 million (equivalent to ₹560 million or US$8.2 million in 2017)|
Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (English: A Stone, A Mirror) abbreviated as OKOK is a 2012 Tamil romantic comedy film written and directed by M. Rajesh. It stars producer Udhayanidhi Stalin, in his acting debut, Hansika Motwani and Santhanam, whilst featuring Harris Jayaraj's music and Balasubramaniem's cinematography. 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 blockbuster. It was eventually released in Telugu as OK OK on 31 August 2012.
One morning in his house, Saravanan (Udhayanidhi Stalin) receives his ex-girlfriend Meera's (Hansika Motwani) wedding invitation. He and his friend Paarthasarathy aka Paartha (Santhanam) leave for Pondicherry to attend the wedding via car. En route, Saravanan recollects his past: He was a ruthless youth working in a film theatre with Paartha. He lives with his parents; his father, Varadharajan, who is educated and works as a college professor and his mother, Shenbagam, who is uneducated and is trying to pass an exam, just to get her college degree. One day in traffic, he sees Meera, a girl training to be an air hostress and falls for her on site. He follows her to a cloth shop and also to her Air Hostess class. He saw her house and he and Partha go to her house, as Meera calls them. There, Meera threatens Saravanan by showing her father's photo, who is a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DSP), Mahendra Kumar. But still, Saravanan follows her and asks her to love him. Meera takes him to Mahendra Kumar'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 Paartha, coming on time, etc. Saravanan tells this to Partha and Partha asks him if he or Meera is best for him. Saravanan tells him Meera is more important to him than Paartha, causing a break between Saravanan's and Paartha's friendship.
Later, Saravanan joins Paartha's broken love and asks him to rejoin his love. Partha agrees and then they go to Mumbai, following Meera in a flight. There, Meera alas tells him that she loves Saravanan. After some months, Meera calls Saravanan once, but he does not pick up the phone and tells Paartha that Meera is not his real love and it is all nothing, but a drama. But, he really said that for fun. But, Paartha had accidentally switched on the phone while Saravanan told him all this. 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), a local don, comes there with a pregnant girl and his girlfriend (Andrea Jeremiah) and reveals 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 admits to his mistake and reunites with his old girlfriend. Saravanan and Paartha walk off the marriage hall, just then Meera comes and hugs Saravanan, hence reuniting with him.
- Udhayanidhi Stalin as Saravanan
- Hansika Motwani as Meera
- Santhanam as Paartha
- Narayan Lucky as Sanjay, Meera's Fiancé
- Saranya Ponvannan as Shenbagam, Saravanan's mother
- Azhagam Perumal as Varadharajan, Saravanan's father
- Sayaji Shinde as Mahendrakumar, DC Meera's father
- Uma Padmanabhan as Gayathri, Meera's mother
- Jangiri Madhumitha as Jangiri
- Swaminathan as Ulundurpettai Ulaganantha
- Mahanadi Shankar as Traffic Police
- Arya as Rajini Murugan (special appearance)
- Andrea Jeremiah as Rajini Murugan's girlfriend
- Sneha as Jennifer (special appearance)
- Dinesh Kumar (special appearance in the song "Kadhal Oru")
Udhayanidhi Stalin had bought the distribution rights of Rajesh's previous film Boss Engira Bhaskaran. As the film emerged successful, Udhayanidhi decided to continue the collaboration, going on to play the lead role in the new project.
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. Arya, Sneha and Andrea Jeremiah were roped in to perform cameo roles. Hansika was forced to learn Tamil, for the director wanted her to speak fluently in the film. 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.
A photo shoot for the film was held in February 2011 with the lead. The shooting of the film began in March 2011. Filming was held in Tidel Park and Rajiv Gandhi Road in Chennai on 26 April. The car in which they drive to pondicherry was modified with power steering and other interesting elements. A pondicherry bar was setup in woodlands hotel campus. In the song Azhage, which was totally shot in dubai, in between bgms were recreated in VGP beach and matched by art director Jacki. Overseas shooting locations included Jordan and Abu Dhabi, where the film's team flew over to shoot a song in December 2011. 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. In the second schedule, director Rajesh shot a scene on Udayanidhi Stalin, Azhagam Perumal and Saranya Ponvannan at KK Nagar. During a schedule, Santhanam was hospitalized due to illness, delaying the shoot.
The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV. A two-minute teaser trailer introducing the main characters of the film, was screened during the screening of 7aum Arivu and Velayudham in theaters. It was released on 13 April 2012 in Tamil as a Tamil New Year release and on 31 August 2012 in Telugu.
|Oru Kal Oru Kannadi|
|Soundtrack album by Harris Jayaraj|
|Released||5 March 2012|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Harris Jayaraj chronology|
The album features five songs, composed by Harris Jayaraj. The composing sessions took place in Singapore and Ooty. The audio launch was held at the Sathyam Cinemas on 5 March 2012. Actors Karthi, Surya, Jeeva and Arya were present at the event. A three-minute trailer and song sequences was screened for the guests and media people as well.
Tamil track list
All lyrics written by Na. Muthukumar.
|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|
|5.||"Venaam Machaan"||Naresh Iyer & Velmurugan||5:14|
Telugu track list
All lyrics written by Bhuvanachandra.
|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. The Song Venam Machan Venam became an Instant hit and topped the chart for several weeks. 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."
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". 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?" 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". Behindwoods.com rated the film 3 out of 5, stating: "OKOK double OK". Oneindia stated that the film "may not have a great storyline, but watching the film is worth every penny". Rohit Ramachandran of Nowrunning.com stated that it was "by no means a meaningful film experience, but it is a portal for popcorn escapism". 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".
Oru Kal Oru Kannadi opened in more than 300 screens, with an average of 95 per cent theatre occupancy in urban regions. The film began to collect even larger sums of revenue in the next four continuous weeks, acquiring a total of ₹15.09 crore in a matter of 25 days in Chennai. The film claimed top spot for more than a month at the Chennai box office. Trade pundits declared the film's collections as impressive. Taken with a budget of ₹13 crore it grossed around ₹42 crore worldwide.
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