Kokila (Nayanthara) hails from a lower middle-class family. Her father (R S Shivaji) is a security guard, her sister (Jacqueline) is a college student and her mother (Saranya Ponvannan) is the pillar of the house.
One day, her mother is diagnosed with cancer and the family needs around Rs 15 lakh to save her. Kokila runs from pillar to post for money, but in vain.
Hence, left with no other option, she takes the route of drug peddling. A gang involved in the trade ropes in her, as it sees her innocent face as a huge advantage to carry out shady transactions.
As she starts her ‘career’ and goes ahead with it, Kokila has to face a lot of obstacles, not just from those in the illegal business but also from the police.
Kolamaavu Kokila is yet another winner from the stable of Nayanthara, who is of late focussing on women-centric subjects. While the script and narration by director Nelson are strong, the actress makes it work with her performance.
From beginning till the end, Nayanthara steals the show as Kokila. Yogi Babu, who runs a provision shop opposite to Nayanthara’s house and falls for her innocence, is a scream.
Saranya Ponvannan is the routine mother while Shivaji and Jacquline chip in with their best. Anirudh’s music, both songs and background score, is one of the biggest highlights of the movie.
Cinematography and editing departments are the other strengths and Nelson should be lauded for bringing out the best from everyone in the team.
The movie, despite being a dark comedy, is a laugh riot and is fit for family audience. Though the second half could have been better and the climax is convoluted, you won’t regret watching Kolmaavu Kokila.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Kolamaavu Kokila: Spark in the dark
Director: Nelson Dilipkumar
Producer: Allirajah Subaskaran
Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander