BOTTOM LINE: Highly Routine, With A Few Funny Moments In Between
|Platform: MX Player||Genre: Comedy|
What Is the Story About?
Selvam (Ajai Prasath), Alex (Vinod Kumar), and Chandran (Vikkals Vikram) are software employees. They are working under Deepak, their manager. What happens when instead of one of them getting promoted as new team leader, Simran (Avanthika Misra) arrives from Delhi? How the equations between them change with her presence? And where it ends is what the series is all about?
One good thing about the short series is the casting; each of the characters looks apt for the part given to them. Among them, Ajai Prasath is the lead. The role is a typical good guy who does the right thing. The girl eventually starts liking for his honesty and frankness. Ajai Prasath gets that aspect right. There is no scope for any drama, but the small sentimental feel that is needed is carried out neatly.
AL Abanindran and Devanshu Arya are the joint creators and director of the series. It is a short one with hardly anything new story-wise.
There is a small gang, the small group of buddies in software set up. How they react to an outsider amidst them who happens to be a beautiful girl is as routine as it gets in the setting.
Like mentioned previously, what makes things tick is the casting and silly, but stereotypical gags and dialogues. The north versus south humour is so predictable and borders on almost irritation. It is the actors who manage to pull them off with their chemistry.
Story-wise, there is nothing in Tandoori Idly. It is just a collection of gags in the software company environment. A couple of jokes do manage to bring a chuckle, here and there, but that’s about it. The characters of Raj, Alex and Chandra, provide the fun.
Most of the writing is based on the online chat and conversations which we frequently hear whenever topics about Tamilians or the North vs South debate arises. There is no surprise at all. The fact that a couple of gags still are likeable despite such sheer predictability is where the series scores.
Overall, Tandoori Idly offers nothing fresh. It still manages to provide fun in parts due to the casting and their chemistry. Give it a try because it is short and will be over soon. At the same time, if it doesn’t interest you, don’t worry, you are not missing anything. It is purely timepass affair that can be passed if you don’ have the time.
Avantika Misra as the female lead, the ‘North’ Indian Delhi girl, oozes the charm and possesses the quality to make the character work and the take the proceedings forward. Vikkals Vikram, Vinod Kumar, Whatsapp Mani, Mirchi Saba and Suhasini Sanjeev get their moments to shine within the small time frame. Among them, Vikkals Vikram doubles up as the writer, too.
Music and Other Departments?
Technically there is nothing much to talk about in Tandoori Idly. It is also not an entirely disastrous effort at the same time, as we see with similar outings. The music by Jerry Silvester Vincent is okay, and so is the editing and cinematography by Christopher and Vinod Sounder respectively. The writing (by Vikkals Vikram) is par for course bringing together the various social media debatable elements involving the Tamil population.
A few Funny gags
Did I Enjoy It?
Yes, tiny parts
Will You Recommend It?
Yes, only if you have nothing else to do and have time to kill
Review by Siddartha Toleti
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