Friday, February 26, 2010

Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa is a must watch - says

Rediff review - Love stories have always ruled the roost in Tamil cinema. But Red Giant Movies' and Escape Artists Motion Picture and R S Infotainment's Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya (Will You Cross The Skies For Me) puts a new spin to the age old romantic tale.



Directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon, the film is possibly one of 2010's most anticipated movies.

The best part about VTV is that it revolves around people, rather than events. It's like putting a camera into the intimate, everyday life of two people and following them on their adventures. The characters go through a whirlwind of emotions, laugh and cry, and take you along with them.

As far as acting goes -- kudos to the director for the perfect casting. Simbhu finally learns to downplay things, and is a joy to watch, especially when he's in the throes of getting Jessie to love him.

Trisha is a revelation. Shorn of her filmi make-up, she dazzles in Nalini Sriram's simple costumes. The two try to outdo each other in every scene, and the chemistry between them is palpable. And Gautam Menon has given full reign to it.

A R Rahman's soundtrack is very romantic; the background score fits in and Aaromalae is a delight. But some of the songs in the second half don't fit.

Manoj Paramahamsa's camerawork is sizzling. One moment, the tone is deep, soothing and romantic; at others, harsh and in-your-face. Antony's editing is sleek. Rajeevan's art-work is perfect. Silva's fight sequence, thankfully, segues in neatly, and is a pleasure to watch.


The ending might take you by surprise. It's unconventional, but in hindsight, is the only way this story could have ended. The characters and their emotions take precedence -- and that really is what love is all about. A must-watch. >> [ Read complete review of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa @ REDIFF ]

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