90ML Movie Review: 90 ML starring Bigg Boss Oviya and directed by Anita Udeep, aims to be a woman-centric film that deals with relationship issues. However, there is nothing sensible in 90ML and you can skip it this week, says our review.
Bigg Boss Tamil Season 1 gave Oviya a new lease of life, quite literally. A lot was expected after her Bigg Boss stint. Surprisingly, it took two years for her to complete a movie. And when the trailer of 90ML was released, it shocked everyone, courtesy the double entendre dialogues and ample scenes glorifying drinking and smoking disguised as equality.
Director Anita Udeep, who calls herself Alagiya Asura, crafts a woman-centric film that intends to promote the idea that if men can drink, women can drink too. 90 ML starts off with Rita (Oviya) moving into an apartment with her live-in partner, where she befriends four women who live in the apartment.
These five women drink and get high. They have fun and go on to solve each other’s relationship issues because they’re just incapable of solving their problems when they’re sober and sane enough.
Rita is a girl who lives life according to her rules. She swears by the policy: ‘My bungalow (get it?), my rules’. After befriending four women (who look up to her), she changes the WhatsApp group name from Brindavan Beauties to Hot Chicks. Not because they want to look cool, but because it supposedly empowers them.
Thamarai (Bommu Lakshmi) is going through a rough patch in her life because of her rowdy husband. The couple consults psychiatrist Devadarshini to discuss Thamarai’s drinking problems. Slowly, Thamarai and the other women Kajal (Masoom Shankar), Paru (Sree Gopika) and Suganya (Monisha) warm up to Rita and share their sexual desires and life problems with her.
Rita is their role model and she takes it personally to solve their issues by taking drastic measures. By drastic measures, the director means kidnapping a groom and bride at knifepoint and getting stuck in a shootout.
The promos of 90ML project the film as a sleazefest, but the film far from that. There is a story, a thin plot that is inconsistent. While the film opens a conversation about women having sexual desires, the proceedings and badly-written scenes overshadow that.
The film shows women discussing their sexual lives, kidding each other about their bosom size and men who try to dictate to women. While some are crass and insensitive, there are a few moments that are unintentionally funny.
Anita Udeep needs applause for dealing with homosexuality with dignity. Many directors make the LGBQTI+ a laughing stock and look down upon them. Rita says ‘Love is Love’ and it is indeed true. Now, this is a stretch that deserves some attention, but somehow we are not able to take her seriously.
90ML is a perfect example of what happens when a director messes up a good story with a shoddy screenplay. The second half of the film has ample emotional moments but you do not feel that connection at all. Talking about connection and coherence, there is a forced climax with a cameo by Simbu. Just prepping you to expect the unexpected.
90 ML starring Bigg Boss Oviya and directed by Anita Udeep, aims to be a woman-centric film that deals with relationship issues. However, there is nothing sensible in 90ML and you can skip it this week, says our review.
2 out 5 stars for 90ML.