This movie “Demands your patience” is an accepted norm in the west to level-set with the audience. We don’t ever expose our audience to such helpful prompts. Producers would threaten suicide, Actors would threaten murder and Marketing (if at all engaged) would be clueless. So the audience heads in, sums up the film with a shallow “boring” movie.
We, the audience, confuse the boring of the repetitive kind with the dull ones. Repeating the same lunch for an entire week can boring. A dull afternoon spent in a park watching life in its glorious sluggishness can be boring too, or perhaps not. Vijay Sethupathi is betting his reputation and stock on Orange Mittai, a film that aptly ends with “Journey is the Destination”.
The journey of two lost souls, searching for a human bond they missed or pushed away, finding a surrogate, couldn’t have been done more simply and drama-free. Vijay Sethupathy’s Kailasam, abrasive without apparent triggers, burns through life looking for an exit and catches Sathya. Sathya (Ramesh Thilak) bearing a heavy cross for not caring for his father, tries washing his conscience with Kailasam. Of course, Kailasam won’t play easy.
Orange Mittai’s challenge to theatergoer is, can you buy a film “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”? Vijay Sethupathi gambles our goodwill on a road movie that is deliberately slow-paced and powered only by poignancy coursing through its veins.
Orange Mittai is not without the real dull moments. While the writing (Vijay Sethupathi & Biju Vishwanath) offers very little character backgrounds, unnecessary exposition and carefully avoids getting too sentimental, certain patches can get challenging by trying too hard to manufacture “the touching moments”.
I’m in no position to judge what is “boring” for you. Orange Mittai is one of those films you’d have to sit down and judge for yourself.