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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Surya has became well known among the Telugu audiences with his film Gajini. However, his other films dubbed have to leave a permanent mark. Very recently, his latest Tamil film Sillunu Oru Kaadhal was dubbed into Telugu as Nuvvu Nenu Prema. Though the Gemini Film Circuits was expected to release film, there was some hitch and the release of Telugu version was delayed due to unavoidable circumstances. Finally Suriya himself involved in the issue and got it released with himself becoming the presenter of the film by pitching in financially. The film was directed by debutant Krishna, an associate of Gautam Menon.
Vaishnavi (Jyothika) is a village belle. However, she is very modern in her thinking and wanted to marry a boy after falling in love with him. Her friends are able to marry the boys with whom they fall in love but Vaishnavi is not able to because her parents are against it. Vaishnavi marries Gautham (Suriya) arranged by her father. Though Gautham looked uninterested during the wedding ceremony, married life is'nt all that bad. They have a daughter and they move to Mumbai. Gautham gets a job in a big car company while Vaishnavi also goes for a job in another firm. One day, an engineer who works with Gautham insults him callling him a mechanic. Irked over his statemement, he takes him up on a challenge and prepares an engine design which gives more mileage on Indian roads.
Gautham gets an opportunity to give a demo of the engine in the US. While Gautham is away from home, Vaishnavi happens to see an old diary written by Gautham, through which she learns that her husband was in love with another girl called Aishwarya (Bhoomika), the daughter of an MP (Costumes Krishna), when he was a student.According to the dairy he married her but married her but Aish's father takes her away immediately after their marriage as he did not approve of their alliance. Aish's father sends her to Australia.
After this, Gautham married Vaishnavi. In the diary, Gautham writes that he was not able to spend even a day with her. Learning about this, Vaishnavi meets Aishwarya and invites her to their home. Vaishnavi takes her daughter with her leaving Aishwarya and Gautham alone to enjoy the day which he so badly wanted wanted. Though she leaves her home, she could not resist herself, as she could not even dream of her husband sharing the bed with some other. She returns home, only to find a letter from Aishwarya that she could not stay not even for the whole day and spent only one hour in their home. In that one hour, she claims that 40 minutes passed off silently, 10 minutes for trying to convince Gautham to talk and in the remaining 10 minutes of talk Gautham talked only about Vaishnavi. So, with a relieved feeling that her lover is in the "safe" hands of Vaishnavi, Aishwarya left. With this the film ends on a happy note. As a whole, the film gives a message that love is not just a spontaneous feeling, but the understanding of two souls.
The performance of all the three lead artistes is the highlight of the film. The entire film revolves around these three artistes, though some characters just come and go. It is again Bhoomika who walks away with honours with a brilliant performance, both as a lover and later as a rich girl who takes the life very casually. Jyothika's role had a scent of total sentiment and attachment towards her husband. Suriya also gave total justice to his character, which had different shades, as a college student who roughs up the rivals, as a lover, as a husband and as a committed employee who takes the challenge in right spirit. His histrionics were the major plus point for the success of the film. Music by AR Rahman is another highlight of the film. All the songs were melodious and proved that Rahman is a master of music once again.
The major minus point in the film is poor comedy track. Though Vadivelu is there to provide comic relief, his performance was quite boring. The slow movement of the film in the second half, especially the scenes between Jyothika and Suriya, after the flashback episode, made the audiences to lose patience for quite some time. However, the re-entry of Jyothi cheers up the audiences once again.
The Tamil version was produced by Suriya's cousin K.E. Gnanavelraja on the banner of Studio Green. The production values are good. The movie has been shot in several beautiful locales including a couple of songs in Canada. Debutant director Krishna looked promising with this film and he has a bright future. Camera work by RD Rajasekhar is nice especially during the choreography of action scenes. Dialogues by Shashank Vennelakanti are okay, while Veturi and Vennelakanti penned the lyrics to suit the lip movement for the Tamil original. Antony's editing is also crisp.
Cast: Suriya, Jyothika, Bhoomika, Vadivelu, Costumes Krishna, Sukanya, Tambi Ramaiah.
Editing - Antony
Dialogues - Shashank Vennelakanti
Story - AC Dorai
Music - AR Rahman
Lyrics - Veturi, Vennelakanti
Action - Vikram Dharma
Camera - RD Rajasekhar
Presenter - Suriya
Producer - KE Gnanavel Raja
Screenplay and direction - Krishna.
Banner: Studio Green
Released on: February 23, 2007
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