When I first heard that Myshkin (of Anjathey and Yudham Sei fame) was making a movie titled “Onaaiyum Aattukuttiyum” (which literally means The Wolf and The Lamb in English) how could my interest not be piqued. While the title itself was intriguing, the fact that I have enjoyed almost all his earlier movies (including even the not so good Mugamoodi, which for all its flaws had a nice underlying theme) meant that I would surely get around to watching this movie sooner or later.
However, as fate would have it, Star Viijay decided to premiere the movie at 11 AM on Diwali day, the one day that my wife and me had chosen to catch our first movie together in a theater in 2+ yrs, Gravity (read my review of Gravity here if you haven’t already done so). That meant we could see only the first 20 odd mins of OA before we had to sneak out of the house to see Gravity without letting our little girl realize that we had disappeared leaving her with the grandparents. But this small glimpse of OA was enough for both of us to plan catching up with this movie as soon as we got back home. And man, did it turn out be an awesome decision or what.
The plot itself deals with how medical student Chandru (played by Sri of Vazhakku Enn 18/9 fame) helps a wounded man who he comes across on the street in the night and ends up in a lot of trouble with the cops as that man turns out to be “Wolf”, a wanted killer on the loose (played by Myshkin himself). A botched up plan by the cops goes horribly wrong and Chandru ends up as a hostage of the Wolf. What follows thereafter forms the crux of the rest of the movie.
All the events in this movie take place within the space of a single night and consequently the entire movie has been shot at night. As if the natural settings of the story didn’t add enough darkness in the movie, the theme it deals with is also quite dark in nature. Overall, this is a movie which is somewhat brooding and heavy with its subject, and it works beautifully well in keeping the audience engaged. Even in his earlier outing with Yudham Sei, director Myshkin has shown a preference for setting his scenes in the night and in darkness and he takes this particular trait of his more than a few steps forward in OA.
At the heart of the movie is a fable that the director weaves telling us all about how his world is jungle and how people are only judged by their past deeds without any consideration or opportunity for them to change or reform. His tale talks about morals, redemption, and revenge in his own patented style. In earlier interviews Myshkin has mentioned about how he has been hugely influenced by Korean gangster movies and this movie pushes the envelope even further in terms of his own interpretation of this genre of movies in Tamil cinema.
I could go on and on gushing about this movie and how wonderfully it has been made, but I would rather that you watch it for yourselves and immerse yourself in this wonderful experience. Miss it at your own risk, especially if you are a lover of well made cinema.