Mani Ratnam’s fans were flabbergasted ever since the news about OK Kanmani’s remake broke out last year. Though the Hindi version of the romantic drama, titled OK Jaanu, didn’t get trolled as much as Premam’s remake did, all hell broke loose with the release of the 176-second trailer for the Hindi film.
Comparisons with the original cast and the Aashiqui 2-pair started floating in the web circles. Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor are good-looking actors, no doubt. But looks don’t add to the checklist of memorable performances. The playful romance found between the leads of OK Kanmani is terribly missing in the Bollywoodised relationship.
The word “Jaanu”, first of all, doesn’t do justice to the sweetly-layered “Kanmani”. And, hearing Dulquer utter “Kanmani” with a face that says he’s gazing at the stars is irresistible. Plus, the charming naivety of Nithya Menen is no match to the ‘you-blink-you-miss’ shot of Shraddha’s bareback.
Just when the dust was settling down, YouTube gave a shocker with “Humma Humma”. Immediately, Facebook statuses and Tweets made headlines – “Humma Humma” was rhymed with the Tamil curse-words involving mothers. (“Amma Amma”, you get the gist, right?)
The original “Hamma Hamma” (from Bombay) featured Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala, Nagendra Prasad, and Sonali Bendre. It was the top-rated A. R. Rahman party song of the 90s. My heart did crack a little after watching Aditya and Shraddha dance to the updated version.
I think OK Jaanu’s “Humma Humma” appears in place of “Parandhu Sella Vaa”. The gaudy atmosphere reeks of the many Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes spent on making the music video. That’s because the room in the Hindi song looks larger than what’s seen in “Parandhu Sella Vaa”. Also, the hotness quotient has considerably been tripled with the actors going all-out sexy by tantalizing our minds with their bodies.
With this sort of mega-Bollywoodisation, I’m pretty sure that the soul of the new film lies somewhere else.
When the movie releases next month, how are the clouds going to look like – gloomy or bright? OK Kanmani’sclouds have remained lovely since the release of the first look posters. Just saying!
Written by - Karthik Keramalu