- Film: ‘Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya’;
- Cast: Simbu and Trisha;
- Director: Gautam Vasudev Menon;
- Music: A.R. Rahman;
Gautam Vasudev Menon’s ‘Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya‘ is a clean romantic story without any deviation or sub-plots. While he succeeds in telling the love story in a pleasing manner, he fails to present the lead pair’s separation convincingly.
The film is about Karthik (Simbu), an engineering graduate, who yearns to become a director and falls for beautiful Jesse (Trisha), the daughter of his landlord. Karthik tails Jesse for days before revealing his love for her.
Though Jesse likes him, she tells him that her family is dead against love and advises him to treat her just as a friend. And Karthik agrees.
Then at one point of time Jesse realizes that she too loves Karthik and tells him so. But at the same time, she is still apprehensive about her father and decides to bury her feelings for Karthik for her family’s sake.
Jesse’s father fixes her marriage to a person of his choice. Jesse, who accepts it initially, ends up calling off the wedding as she cannot forgo her love for Karthik. But she isn’t ready to elope with Karthik either as she doesn’t want to hurt her father.
The film drags on with the waiting game – nothing much happens except for the lovers meeting each other. Meanwhile, Karthik gets a chance to work as an assistant director and Jesse suddenly decides that their relationship won’t work and she leaves Karthik.
What happens to the lovers and their love forms the rest of the story that culminates in an interesting but poorly executed twist.
Menon has presented the lead pair’s relationship in a lovable manner. The dialogues are sharp and sensitive as well.
The way Simbu acts out his love for the heroine is charming and the ambiguous reactions from Trisha are nice.
The problem with the film is that it tries to bank heavily on style than substance. The reason and provocation for the separation are far from convincing. The screenplay falls flat when Jesse decides to put an end to the affair for almost no valid reason.
A.R. Rahman‘s music is a class apart. The title song and the ‘Omanapennae‘ song are very good. The background score is top notch. Manoj’s cinematography is spectacular and Nalini Sriram’s costumes for Trisha are fabulous.
Trisha impresses with her mischievous looks and smile.
For Simbu, the role is very different from his earlier roles. Menon has managed to bring out the mature actor in Simbu sans his gimmicks and cliched heroism.
The movie is appealing in the first half but goes wayward in the second half due to a dragging script and unconvincing twists.
February 28, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya: Predictable but Competent
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya is blatantly guided by the mantra ‘Simple But Powerful’. There is nothing new about the film as it is a threadbare love story, but then Gautham Menon’s (the director) fascinating climax astonishes you.
Young and colorful are the two words that can aptly describe Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. It is a close-to-heart film for everyone, incisively catered to the tastes of the contemporary audience, especially, the youngsters. The film poignantly speaks about the love story between Karthik (Silambarasan), a wannabe filmmaker, who accommodates himself in a house as a tenant. Jessie (Trisha), an employee in Infosys, is the daughter of the house’s owner. Predictably, it is love at first sight for the young lad and he keeps following the traits of the hundreds of heroes who have been doing this over the years. But, after a certain extent, when he can afford to capture the heart of Jessie, he is discombobulated by Jessie. As her parents get to know about this, they arrange her daughter’s marriage with someone.
What unfolds next is a series of events that are somewhat unpredictable.
Talking about the performances, it is worth mentioning that Silambarasan and Trisha have delivered moderately good performances before. Silambarasan with his rejuvenated looks and mature performance keeps us engrossed by his gestures throughout the film. Be it the sequence where he follows Trisha to KFC and reacts to Trisha’s question– “Are you following me?” He reacts as coolly as a cucumber and responds by saying ‘not so’ and gradually keeps looking at her even though the waiter blocks his vision. There are lots of humorous quotes in order to deliver a comical effect. His emotional outbreaks and final touch of words with Trisha, where he reveals, ‘There’s a girl in my heart’ (actually he means Jessie herself)’ are reasonably moving.
Sometimes, you will feel the film resembles ‘Oru Thalai Raagam’ that was a stunning love story with a decorous approach churned out decades before.
Trisha is awesome. Maybe, she looks a little old compared with Silambarasan, but shares good onscreen chemistry with Simbhu. Gowtham Menon has keenly shaped her characterization and doesn’t let her overreact as she did in previous ones.
Kudos to Gowtham for crafting the tale with fewer characterizations and don’t miss the guy accompanying Simbhu as a cinematographer (earlier performed a negative role in Gowtham’s ‘Pacchaikili Muthucharam’ as a taxi driver).
A.R. Rahman leaves you speechless with his extraordinary music, with his ‘Aromalae’ and ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya’ as signature themes that enhance the emotional quotients of the movie. Cinematographer Manoj Paramahamsa is top-notch with his brilliant placements of camera angles and just makes the film so colorful. The elegance of Trisha’s house is superb and so are the exotic lanes of US.
Anthony’s editing looks simple and fine. But his immediate cuts for the ‘Omana Pennae’ are annoying and it’s really tedious to see an inappropriate dance steps.
When it comes to narration, the first half passes with interesting moments while the second hour has some sort of slow pace that ends up with a brighter note during climax.
For sure, the film would make it big at the box office as there aren’t any big contenders for the next few weeks.
Verdict: Feel the love