Review: Oru Kuppa Kadhai - Engrossing & engaging

By Santhosh Mathevan Published on May 25, 2018 07:49 PM IST

Having seen a lot of cheating wife tales in the past, Oru Kuppai Kadhai starring dance choreographer-turned-actor Dinesh and Manisha is something not just about the extramarital affair but is about the life and struggle of people who reel below poverty line.

As the name of the movie suggests that it is something to deal with garbage. The plot revolves around a rack picker and his micro family put up in Chennai slum.

However, things get messed up when the family moves to a posh locality and finds new neighbours. The filmmaker Kaali Rangaswamy has scripted Oru Kuppai Kadhai in such a way that the story is not complicated, but the screenplay is very predictable. The way he tries to deliver the message is good.

Dinesh who we have shake his legs in peppy numbers before has an end-to-end screenspace here. The organic innocence that his face possess adds to the strength of the movie. He emotes well. Manisha has a meaty role to do. She delivers it with aplomb. Yogi Babu with his one-liners tickle our funny bone.

Kaali has a very subtle way of storytelling in which he documents the struggles of sanitary workers.  Their life, how people dwelling in slums find happiness in even the smallest of things, the way the society treats married women who elope, and how friends meet up over weekends to drink and smoke are narrated well.

Oru Kuppa Kadhai is a different film but for a predictable climax.