Has Gautham Menon seriously lost it? I mean did no one...NO ONE absolutely tell him that this was a seriously stupid movie that he was making?
O.K... It had been a long time since there were talks on this movie and the couple looked good together. It was a 'Gautham Menon' movie with A.R's music. Whoa, I thought, it definitely cant be bad and I wanted to be done watching it before all started cooing their 'Oooooohhs' and 'Aaaaaaahs' and 'Aaaawwwwwwweesommmme, you still dint watch it?!!' , in the characteristically irritating musical high pitch. So, there I am, all seated, grinning slyly at the thought of how lucky I was, compared to my friends, to be in a place, where you can easily get the first day tickets unlike in Chennai.
(Warning: Review contains spoilers..do not read it if you are planning to watch. Oh btw, try not to watch!)
The movie begins. Hero is sitting at the wedding of his love, Trisha. (Ummm... doesnt this seem familar?..seri ok..paapom) Hero is an engineering graduate passionate about film-making against the wishes of his parents. (Engeyo paatha maadhiriye irukke...Hmmm). Fine...nostalgia is a pardonnable crime. Afterall, in an industry prone to get creatively challenged, repetitions are bound to happen. But stupidity?!
The first shred of stupidity was the blossom of love between our 2 main characters. Trisha passes by him and BOOM! he falls madly in love. True, they have shown in numerous movies as to how the guy feels swept off merely by seeing the girl once. Yet, atleast for formality's sake, they would keep a lot more 'coincidencial' meetings..probably to justify stuff in our minds. Whatever! Fine..passable. But here.... no! just 2 minutes of seeing Trisha and he is jumping, sommersaulting, dancing, crapping..what not! On top of that, a song for this with AR music. (Dei... idhellam overa illa...). (Mr. Gautham,I dont expect my on-screen heros to be sensible Mr.Practicality, yet in an age of neo-realistic movies, this seems rotten folly. Grow up!)
The next many scenes show how our Hero is chasing the girl. Yet, they fail to reach us - the scenes seem stretched ... no, sssss-ttttttttttt-rrrrr-eeeee-tttttttt-ccccchhhhhhhhhhhhh-eeeeeeeeddddddd and flicked. Trisha's character seems to be having split personality disorder in the movie and we bear the brunt of this.
Scene 1 - She avoids him.
Scene 2 - It seems like she is starting to like him.
Scene 3 - She allows him to touch her and kiss her.
Scene 4 - She again asks him to get lost.
Scene 5 - She invites him for a movie.
End of scene 5 - She tells him she hates him. (Whoa! Slow down, Mr.Gautham! What are you trying? To characterize your heroine as an intense, confused person? Sorry, you have failed and she merely comes across as someone under hormonal mood swings.)
Trisha cancels the wedding and runs out of the church. After all the torture, I could have cared less had she even run away with the Priest. I am relieved. Thats all - atleast the movie has gotten over! Phew! And then, the words flash on the screen - Intermission. WHAT?! It is just the intermission? $#%^!*%
After the intermission, the lead couple is romancing and we are wondering what more could the movie hold for an hour. Are there going to be scenes as to how they convince their parents? Mr. Gautham probably heard our thoughts and gleefully gives his come-back - "Aaahha! I gotcha! Here is where I give my 'TWIST' - Trisha gets more mood swings and she herself calls off the relationship. Dint expect it - did you?" ( No, Mr. Gautham Menon, we seriously dint expect you would have gone this crazy. )
Towards the end, the hero takes a movie of this crap story (We feel like warning him not to) and sees Trisha in America. (Wow, the phrase 'small world' never held more true than in this movie). This is where Gautham Menon was probably in the peak of his dementia, for he tries something new and leaves us feeling like we are gonna be on the beginning stages of dementia soon. Oh, and note it! - For all the brashness in the world, the scenes in the end suggest that this movie is liked by all and is becoming a huge hit. (Yeah right!). Gautham Menon was probably getting insecure and hence kept those scenes.
The success of a movie depends on how well we connect with the on-screen lives of the actors. Over here, Gautham wanted to depict the love of a couple from two religions whose backgrounds do not allow for a happy ending. Yet, the love stays. He seems to have failed since we never connected with the couple's love in the first place. It seemed shallow, adolescent and yes, CONFUSING!. Probably some psychologist who researches on womens' changing state of emotions would endorse. Not us! Give us a neat story. Do not beat around the bush.
Verdict- " Olagathula ethanaiyooo padangal irundhum, naan yen indha padatha paathaen?"
P.S - Was this G.M's own story? If yes!, Dude, dont waste producers' money and people's time to indulge in self-fulfilling narcissism to celebrate yourself. We really dont care about your personal love stories.