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April 24, 2010

Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya


A few weeks back, in our dance class we had a discussion about happiness and sadness and their ability to move the audience. "You know happiness moves readers too, don't you? You don't always have to write stories that carry a tinge of sadness with them...", my dance teacher said. And I guess she is right. I do tend to stories with pathos more than outright humor and simple happily ever afters. After several comments from people that I ought to give that line of writing a shot, I did write "The prophecy" which for the most part was a lighthearted, feel-good story but that story was the exception. And I feel the same about this movie...

*spoiler alert*

It could have ended with a happily ever after and I would have liked nothing better but then the story and it's poignant moments wouldn't come back to haunt me with what ifs, would it? Boy meets girl, falls in love and they walk hand in hand into the sunset. All is well and we leave with a smile on our lips. But then it sort of fades into the background. When Karthik sits on the bench with her and explains why he couldn't have forgotten her -- her funny gait, her straight and curly hair and how he coped with the Jesse in his heart, the tears that fall from his eyes stay back with us because in the end, in spite of everything, it's all lost and they cannot be together. And somehow the poignancy of that situation outweighs the bliss of a happy ending.

This movie has touches of Alaipayuthey to it and the scenes just after Jesse's canceled wedding reminded me of the terrace scenes in DDLJ but then VTVsmacks us in the face with a surprise ending. And the what-could-have-been scenes that Karthik weaves into his first movie make the ending that much more powerful. Because, the audience is with Karthik and Jesse celebrating their union after what seems like a lifetime and then suddenly it all turns out to be a mirage, an unattainable wistful concoction of the mind and the palpable disappointment and hurt in their glances and words cuts through our hearts as well. I liked the way Gautham deals with the capricious workings of a woman's mind -- "Naan appadithaan", "Apo venumnu thonichu, ipo vendamnu thonardu". And the veiled vanity in Jesse's eyes when she asks, "You are crazy about me-nnu sonna? Yen?" is a dialogue nicely rendered by Trisha. Silambarasan as the forlorn lover is believable -- he delivers his lines with an understated flourish. An entirely enjoyable (although a tad repetitive) flick by Gautham Menon and the music by Rahman is to die for!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am surprised that Gautam Menon is an engineer. I have seen his other movies and one thing I did notice (a commonality) is the blue background (similar to the white backgrounds that PC Sriram trademarked in Mani Rathinam's movies)
I have not seen VTV yet ... shall watch it now.

Anonymous said...

'a tad repetitive'??
I thought it was tooooooo repetitive, which spoilt it for me. Also Simbu, I hate him :--( May be if Surya had done the same role, I would have fallen head over heels with the movie ;--)

-SK

Sudheer Narayan said...

Dialogues for trisha rendered by Chinmayi.

RS said...

anon -- Now that you mention it, yes there is a lot of blue esp in the village scenes...

SK -- lol! Give him a chance...he has tried something different in this movie :)

Sudheer -- Ah ok, I did like how she acted it out too :)

Lavs said...

The prophecy was my fav story from that book.you must try comedy...when is the next book coming out?

duh said...

this is what i got from VTV. boy meets girl. they like each other. girl ends all sentences with boy's name. idhu karthik, adhu karthik, po karthik, va karthik. 1500 identical scenes later, boy doesn't get girl.

RS said...

L~ -- Lol! I am sucker for surprise endings, so liked the movie but even otherwise thought it was a neat movie. And your name is supposed to be the sweetest sound to you usually :p...maybe the director was trying to capitalize on that fact.

Anonymous said...

Watched VTV. The direction, choreography, camera work were outstanding. Yes, I am deeply disappointed with the ending.
In the male lead I miss(ed) Suriya or even Ajith. The twists & turns made me tensed!
My final verdict , VTV is not in the same league as Mouna Raagam.

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