Starring: Simbu, Manjima Mohan, Baba Sehgal, Sathish and many more
Editing : Anthony
Music : AR Rahman
Cinematography : Dan Macarthur
Directed by: Gautham Vasudev Menon
Here its coming.. Yeah this month sure.. No this week confirmed.. These were few of the many news which came regarding the release of this highly expected movie. But it released finally amidst the currency issue that the country is facing now. Lets see how the movie has fared.
Simbu is a carefree youth who has just completed his studies and in a thought of what to do next. Manjima (Leela) is the friend of his sister who happens to stay in his house for her work. When he tells about his road trip to Kanyakumari, Leela too feels that she has to join him to experience the new feel. They both start the trip and what happens during the trip and the events that follow the trip forms the rest. A breezy bike ride, the girl of your dreams behind, wind on your face. All these words sounds like dream come true. Such what is the feel the movie gives in the first half.
Ultimately it is the screenplay that lifts the film above the ordinary. It is bright and breezy, emotionally engaging and superbly acted drama that is subtle and nuanced. One of the highlights in the movie is the way Gautham has narrated the blossoming romance between the characters of the lead pair. The pace is slow in the first half but thoroughly enjoyable. The last 20 minutes of the film was a bit too hard to believe with no logic. Simbu is back to form and has given a very powerful performance.
Manjima has given her best in her debut film. She shares a comfortable chemistry with Simbu that make this film an easy watch. Sathish as STR’s friend Mahesh and Baba Sehgal as the police officer is perfect casting. Thanks to some suave lens work by Dan Macarthur the whole road trip makes us fall in love all over again. Rahman has gone overtime with this movie by making it look like a musical with back to back songs in the first half and every one of them blows your mind away including ‘Thalli Pogathey’ even though the song comes at a crucial juncture. The BGM silently creeps in during the love portions and leaves but making a heavy mark indeed.
GVM’s strength lies in his immense trust on romance, he clearly has used love again as the driving point of the movie. The climax feels rushed as if the director took it upon himself to right all the wrongs done to the hero and his people in 10 minutes flat and that is something we can afford to overlook. If we can afford the ending, we can enjoy the romance and thrill this film offers for two hours. Can can..!! 🙂