Theeni Movie Review


Dev (Ashok Selvan) is suffering from muscle spasms and insomnia due to which his life is turned upside down. He starts his career as a junior chef at a famous Indian restaurant Amara in London. There he meets fellow chef Tara (Ritu Varma) who has an OCD issue. Tara worships the Head Chef (Nasser) to the core and blindly follows the Head Chef’s recipes without any deviation. Dev differs with Tara. Head Chef, the renowned Chef, had stopped cooking long back. Why did he stop cooking? What is his personal issue? How Dev and Tara are part of Head Chef’s world forms the crux of the story.

Ninnila Ninnila has brilliant performances. The performances were subtle yet sound. Ashok Selvan, Ritu Varma, Nithya Menen and Nasser all have played their parts well. This will go down as a film with flawless acting. Kudos to the team for taking up roles that have imperfections in their lives and yet they all handled it well.

First things first. The film has a very thin plot. It hardly has a story. Writer-director Ani Sasi isn’t a great chef as he cooked a story that lacks freshness.The film banks on the performances. The cast has pulled off the film on their shoulders. The screenplay is also flat and predictable. Yet the music is a big asset that rescues the film. Emotion has been carried out through out the film. Although the film has a run-time less than 2 hours, it feels lengthy. Cinematography is neat.