Directed by Mani Ratnam, O Kadhal Kanmani (also stylised as OK Kanmani) is a Tamil-language film that offers a unique perspective on contemporary desi relationships and the challenges that come with balancing personal aspirations and companionship. However, time is of the essence for those who wish to catch this film on Netflix, as it bids adieu soon.
OK Kanmani follows the story of Adi and Tara, two young and ambitious professionals. Set against the backdrop of the bustling city of Mumbai, the film beautifully captures the aspirations and dilemmas faced by many contemporary urban couples caught between tradition and modernity.
Aditya Varadarajan (Dulquer Salmaan), a video game developer, meets Tara Kalingarayar (Nithya Menen) at a wedding. Tara plans to study in Paris, but even with the idea of impending long-distance, they grow closer, eventually falling in love during a vacation. They decide to go in for a live-in relationship, still a taboo idea to many in India, throwing caution to the wind with the silly idea that they will be able to simply go their separate ways when the time comes.
The movie’s portrayal of Adi and Tara’s relationship is genuine and reflects our evolving attitudes towards commitment and companionship. Their initial decision to avoid marriage and commitment in favour of pursuing their dreams is a sentiment that resonates with many young people who are struggling to strike a balance between their personal and professional lives.
Ratnam, known for his classic romantic movies made for audiences of all ages is also a masterful storyteller. He captures the essence of the characters amid colourful sets and an overall vibrancy all too familiar to young 20-somethings raring to take on the world.
The film’s charming screenplay and catchy music composed by A. R. Rahman made this one an instant hit. They even remade it in Hindi, with Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead. Despite being an almost frame-by-frame remake, this one just didn’t have the spark of the OG. Salmaan and Menen’s magic was just superior.
So catch it on Netflix before it leaves on August 17th.