Motivational speakers often recount the story of how an employee accidentally gets locked in the company’s deep freezer and all his colleagues go to their homes. The watchman of the company remembers that the employee has not left even when he is on leave because he comes and goes by saying hello to him while coming and going every day. This short story written on the importance of the relationship of that one Namaste is a film adaptation of this film. In 2019, this film was first made in Malayalam under the name ‘Helen’ and now its Tamil version has been released on Amazon Prime.
To make the story more interesting with the help of sub-plots such as the conflict between the girl’s conservative widower and financially struggling father and the girl’s ex-boyfriend, the negligence of the police and the preparation for examination for a dream of a better future in Canada Has been tried. The pace of the film seems a bit slow and some scenes are also unnecessary. However, when we try to see this speed real-time, the story seems to be quite solved.
The film is completely focused on the heroine Umberkinial ie Kirti Pandian. Kirti has previously worked in the Tamil adventure film “Thumba”. This is his second film. His work was also praised in the first film and his work will be praised for playing a lively character in this film too. Kirti’s performance has been worth watching after being locked in the deep freezer. Small scenes of survival instincts have been seen as very powerful. They have also been successful in arousing audience sympathy. In the first part, the film kills due to the speed. Many scenes have been put in place to install Kirti, which could have been removed. Kirti’s father is played by Arun Pandian who is also a father in his real life and is also the producer of the film. Arun Pandian, who is associated with films as an actor, producer, director and president of the South Indian Film Exporters Association, also intervenes in the politics of Tamil Nadu. After joining the DMDK for years, he joined Jayalalithaa’s party AIADMK. Years of experience is clearly visible on his face and he is the most influential role in the entire film. From the helpless father to the father who attacked the police officer who insulted his daughter and the conservative father who met his daughter’s Christian boyfriend for the first time, Arun has fulfilled this journey efficiently.
The third character of the story is Praveen Raja i.e. Charles in the role of Kirti’s boyfriend, this is his second film. The first film was Chennai Palani Mars which was written by Tamil superstar Vijay Sethupathi and Praveen’s character as a cocaine addict was well-liked among the youngsters in this funny storytelling film. The film also received some international awards.
The film was written in Malayalam language (Helen) and was co-written by authors Alfred Kurien Joseph, Madhukutty Xavier and Nobel Babu Thomas. Nobel Babu played the heroine’s lover in Helen who was a Muslim character, it has been changed to Christian in the Tamil version. To avoid any kind of contravention.
Mahesh Muthuswamy, who received a diploma in cinematography from FTII, has shot the film, though he has done cinematography of at least one and a half films till now and his diploma film was sent as India’s student entry at the Oscars. , Has not done anything special in the cinematography of this film. There was scope to do a lot in the scenes of deep freezer.
Pradeep Raghav as editor disappointed. Initially, the scenes between father and daughter have been used poorly to establish the character. There was also a lack of editing in the scenes looking for the heroine. The film is 2 hours long while 15-16 minutes could have been saved easily.
As far as directing is concerned, Gokul is an emerging name in the Tamil film industry and his hard work is seen in this film. Although the film is a remake of the Telugu film Helen, there was no possibility of doing much. If Gokul used to do a little more work in tightening the story of this film and taking better shots, then the film’s hold would probably remain on the audience the entire time.
The film can be seen with the family. The film is in Tamil and the sub-titles are in English. Instead of grunting on the OTT platform, if you want to see good content, then definitely watch the film.