Review – Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya

Star-casts: Silambarasan, Trisha, Uma Padmanabhan, Babu Antony, Ganesh, KS Ravikumar and Others.
Banner: Escape Artists Motion Pictures, R.S. Infotainment
Production: Madhan, Ganesh Kumar, Jayaram
Direction: Gowtham Vasudev Menon
Music: A.R. Rahman

It looks like Tamil Cinema has been travelling through a horrible phase as most of the previous week’s releases have been letting down with big disappointments. This week’s release ‘Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya’ isn’t an exception as the film fails you terribly.

Gowtham seems to be very much overconfident with his scripting and scatter-brained screenplay, which is so lethargic during most of the film’s course.

If Silambarasan overreacted with his commercial tactics in previous films, this one shapes him down in a different way, which is again a sort of unnatural disorder. His very mannerisms of speaking lines with tongue-bitten-teeth efforts looks absurd and his mannerisms are more or less simulated from Surya. Trisha looks so aged and Gowtham has tried a lot over making her look young that goes horribly disappointing.

We could hear one of the audiences yelling at her – Kaelevi (Old Woman) and her voiceless dialogues again turns the situation wretched.

The film is about an aspiring filmmaker Karthik (Silambarasan) accommodated in house as tenant and falls in love with house owner’s daughter Jessie (Trisha). Karthik follows the same tactics of making her fall in love and on one day proposes her. Jessie is totally confused and doesn’t accept his love at first. But lately in time, reaffirms that she would marry him only if her dad accepts their proposal. But regrettably, Jessie has yet more complications propelled by herself that in no way gonna lead to happy ending.

Can Karthik break her ambiguities and finally join hands with her forms crux of the story…

As mentioned earlier, Silambarasan looks cute with his charming makeovers and bleached facials. Though Trisha is depicted as an elderly aged than one year to Simbhu, it looks as though she’s really 4 years aged than him. Gowtham Menon could’ve attempted by drawing such complex lines to add more to the reality grounds. The person taking on the role of a cinematographer adds more humor to the script and if he wasn’t there, the film would doubtlessly run on dull notes.

Naga Chaitanya’s cameo role with Samantha (they play lead roles in Telugu version while Simbhu-Trisha in cameo) is fantastic. Samantha would woo you down with her bubbly looks and with 4 of her Tamil films ready to release shortly, she’s gonna make it big in Kollywood. It’s so evident with her confident performance during penultimate sequence.

The biggest drawback of the film is indefinite and reasonless conflict. Though, Gowtham touches the realistic grounds that women are always complicated and their decisions are quite complex than themselves, it doesn’t merge well with the storyline. The second half’s duration could’ve been cut by at least 20mins.

Technically, the film is perfect with A.R. Rahman’s stunning background score and Manoj’s cinematography that brings you eye-catching visuals of Kerala backwaters and foreign locations. But the songs aren’t choreographed properly as the roadside hustlers keep annoying in every song with Gowtham’s stereotyped portrayal of theirs. K.S. Ravikumar in cameo role as a filmmaker is enjoyable and the one playing Trisha’s brother role is perfect. He can better look out for challenging roles with lots of vitalities.

Gowtham Menon can better avoid letting the lead actors walking straight the airs in almost all the songs and style of uttering dialogues in Manirathnam’s pattern.

If the second half was narrated with crispness and trimmed with duration with a favorable ending, the film could have made it bigger amongst B and C centres as well. As of now, the film may be savored to the tastes of miniscule audiences.

Bottom – Line: Fails your expectations

Verdict: Doesn’t cross the skies…

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