Nayanthara is having a dream run at the box office with back to back hits. Her meteoric rise as a heroine to the ‘Lady Superstar’ is an inspirational tale to many aspiring talents who want to make it big in the industry. This week, it’s Nayanthara Vs Nayanthara at the box office. While her Tamil film Imaikaa Nodigal has hit the theatres on August 30, her Telugu dubbed Coco Kokila has hit the screens today. Ultimately, she has taken over the theatres in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Kokila (Nayanthara) hails from an economically backward family. Her father (RS Sivaji) works at an ATM and he lets the women at his house call the shots. One day, Koikila’s mother (Saranya Ponvannan) is diagnosed with cancer and the doctors suggest that they would need at least Rs 15 lakh for the treatment. To get her mom back in shape, the entire family enters into drug peddling business. Will the novices be successful at their ‘new job’? Director Nelson Dilipkumar has made a commendable debut with CoCo Kokila. The film oozes out some applause-worthy moments and more importantly, it stays true to its genre – black comedy. In any serious situation, he manages to evoke laughter, which is a huge plus to the script. CoCo has ample whistle-worthy moments and Nayanthara has carried the whole film on her shoulders with so much elan. In a way, Nayanthara’s performance is an extension of her character from her Tamil film Naanum Rowdy Dhan. Usually, most of the films based on drug peddling will have men playing the lead roles. To see a timid girl heading a team of novices in a dark work was refreshing. Kudos to Nelson for convincing Nayanthara to be part of this venture. CoCo Kokila has many commercial scenes which draw the attention of people. While the first half of the film shows how Kokila’s family gets into this business, the second half concentrates on how successful they are at it despite being newcomers. The second half is memorable, thanks to Yogi Babu’s one-liners. He has given one of the best performances in his career. His love for Kokila is expressed in a funny manner and he is aided by Anbu Thaasan’s (who plays Yogi Babu’s brother in the film) quirky characterisation. The supporting cast including Saranya Ponvannan, Shivaji and Jacqueline have delivered solid performances as well.
Another huge advantage of this film is Anirudh Ravichander’s songs and background music. Watch CoCo Kokila to have a fun and entertaining weekend.