It is Monday and a start of another fabulous week that promises to be great in terms of the content ahead. The previous weekend has been quiet owing to the lesser number of releases. But times ahead are truly promising. With that, I finished watching the new Tamil film Good Night which is now streaming on Hotstar.
This year has been a bit of a mixed year for the Tamil Film Industry. On one hand, the big commercial films haven’t quite been great on content, it is the smaller films that have left a lasting impression, being commercial successes as well as critically acclaimed ones. And I was particularly impressed with the content being served in smaller films with a big heart. One such film that I had my eyes on was Good Night that worked big time owing to a glowing word of mouth. While I missed out on its theatrical release, I had my eyes on its OTT release. And I got my chance to watch it last night when Good Night premiered on Hotstar. So then, is Good Night worth your time, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Good Night follows the story of a protagonist whose habit of snoring starts affecting his personal life after marriage. Will he find a solution to the problem? The story here is a wonderful comedy which taps into a genuine problem for so many people across the globe. There have been divorces for the most trivial things between couples, and one of the reasons that I had heard was the ‘snoring’ trouble. The topic itself was frivolous and trivial that it almost guaranteed a good time while watching the film. The screenplay standing at a shade under 150 minutes does guarantee you moments of laughter and drama that does make for a refreshing watch.
The drama does open with the introduction of the protagonist residing with his family, who finds himself in the middle of a chaos. There was a nice little opening as the chaos around the protagonist was also symbolic of the kind of embarassment that he may have been privy to previously. Soon, you are given a glimpse of his issue of snoring that also results in his breakup leaving him heartbroken and dejected. But destiny has different plans for him while the biggest hindrance being his habit of snoring. And it is here that the writers create some hilarious and heartwarming moments along the way.
The proceedings are engaging and light hearted particularly in the first half. The budding love story was just so organic and sweet that it did put a smile on my face. The contrasting personalities of the couple can be attributed to some wonderful character development that makes for a heartfelt watch. Even the issue that was introduced was more related to the self-victimizing of the protagonist as opposed to being the center of argument due to contrasting opinions between the couple. I also did enjoy the writing that did want to get a little into the psyche of the protagonist and how he dealt with his shortcoming. The loss of confidence was a part of his personality during this phase that did lead to his marriage life going sour, again very well tapped into.
The tone of the drama shifts in the final act with the comedy drying up(relatively speaking), and the focus being more on the dramatic turn of events. Thankfully, the writing is controlled and it doesn’t get melodramatic to a point that would derail the drama. There is a minor dip for sure, but the writing still focuses on creating moments which are quite interesting without losing sight of the central issue. The final act did leave a smile on my face that accurately sums up the screenplay which is very well written and thoroughly enjoyable while addressing a frivolous but an important issue.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are funny and some of the lines had me in splits. The music and BGM are melodious and they do their bit in elevating the drama. The cinematography is quite good with some wonderful frames to support the narrative. The editing is pretty sharp for most parts of the film too. Director Vinayak Chandrasekaran does a wonderful job in creating ticklish situations while addressing a quirky issue. His ability to keep things organic was a thing that I really enjoyed in a drama which was quite engaging.
The performances are incredibly good by the ensemble cast. Jagan Kishan and Nikhila Sankar have their moments to shine. Sree Arti as Mohan’s sister is first rate. Raichal Rabecca as Mohan’s elder sister is absolutely brilliant in a well enacted role. Ramesh Thilak as Ramesh is quite a heartwarming character and he is sincere and earnest in his performance. Meetha Raghunath as Anu is wonderfully restrained in a character which is subdued to begin with. I did like how the viewers were given a glimpse of her past life that justified her vulnerability. And she has such expressive eyes that elevate her performance too. K Manikandan as Mohan is quite an affable character too. He has his own set of insecurities to deal with and he portrays them brilliantly. He is just excellent to watch here!
Good Night is a snoring hit with great performances that will put a smile on your face. Available on Hotstar and Highly Recommended!