Director and Writer: Nelson
Cast: Nayanthara, Saranya Ponvannan, Yogi Babu, Jacqueline
How does a family deal with losing a loved one? Kolamaavu Kokila starring Nayanthara, Yogi Babu, Saranya Ponvannan and Jacqueline is a dark comedy that asks such difficult questions and yet makes you laugh as you think about how torturous life can be for a certain section of people.
Director Nelson has managed the right play of emotions by underlining certain scenes and being subtle about others. For instance, this film has an iconic scene where Yogi Babu’s Sekhar proposes to Nayanthara’s Kokila. As Anirudh’s music plays in the background, we are shown how Sekhar fell in love with Kokila. When he finally confesses his feeling to her, Kokila simply says that her parents might get a heart attack on hearing this and asks him to keep his emotions to himself. The straight face with which Nayanthara shuts him down is the most memorable part of their encounter.
In fact, it is her straight-faced innocence which firmly establishes her character in the film. She comes across as innocent and timid, but Kokila is no babe lost in woods. As someone who is smuggling narcotics, she would happily have her detractors killed despite her fear of guns. In fact, she uses her fear as a weapon. This contradiction plays out beautifully against the plot of the film. After all, who would have thought that a girl with fake bravado can smuggle 100 kg of cocaine?