Direction: Prasad Ramar
Cast: Siddharth, Deepa Sannidhi
Running time: 136 minutes
Debutant director Prasad Ramar presents a neat and tightly scripted Tamil film, Enakkul Oruvan, (Someone Within Me) about dream and hallucination. Made originally in Kannada as Lucia by Pawan Kumar, the movie was a crowd-funded effort that went on to garner rave reviews and a box-office bonanza.
Ramar's creation may well go on to clinch kudos, especially the superb way dream and reality has been juxtaposed. Some intelligent intercuts divide hallucination/dream and the real through colour and black-and white imagery. Explained in a very simplistic term, Enakkul Oruvan is all about the often unreachable desires that men and women have. We saw this years ago in Roman Holiday, where a princess on an official tour of the Italian capital slips out of the royal palace and spends a whole day as a commoner -- and in the company of a newspaper reporter.
Kumar/Ramar, probably inspired by that kind of human craving for the unreachable, weave the tale of two men, played with marvellous ease by Siddharth (last seen in Jigarthanda and Kaaviya Thalivan), who as Vignesh or Vicky is an insomniac star. Pushed into a state of physical desperation, he pops pills, called Lucia, which not only lull him into deep sleep, but also allow him to dream of the kind of life he yearns for. Which is to be an ordinary man on the streets, maybe a usher in a dilapidated cinema theatre . Or, is it the other way round. The helmer never lets us into this little secret of his, though there is the subtle clue through colours.
Performances add to the film's stars. Deepa Sannadhi (normally seen in Kannada movies) as Divya essays Vick's lover on either side of the spectrum, and though a little stiff at times, her chemistry with Siddharth is comfortingly warm. Yes, Siddharth sans the macho image of the Tamil hero is a delight to watch, particularly the way he disappears into the two Vickys -- one a bumbling illiterate usher and the other, a suave actor at the helm of stardom.