Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaya (VTV) Review

There are few directors in Tamil cinema, who create soulful, beautiful and meaningful characters to his film’s heroine… One such director is Goutham Vasudeva Menon… The lead lady in his movies will usually have a significant role to play doing justice to the ‘Female Lead’ tag…

Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaya (VTV)…

“First time Goutham and ARR joining together… First Tamil music scored by ARR after his Oscars… First time Simbu acts under a big director…” all these created hype and hoopla to this movie… Being a big fan of ARR and Trisha I wanted to watch the movie in the first week-end… Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to catch it during first although I got it in the second…

Film started with Karthik (simbu) narrating why and how he fell in love with Jessie (trisha)… An aspiring director falling for a mallu Christian girl forms the crux of the film… The movie revolves around only these two characters from start to end… No nonsense comedy track or any masala elements that usually drags a film away from its central theme… But after interval the film loses its pace and becomes a bit slow and boring… Goutham should make sure he gets the best out of his editor to make his film a block buster from a average grosser… His last film Varanam Aayiram too had the same issue… Once the film started moving towards the climax there was a different treatment which made it better than Varanam Aayiram… A good paced first half with humor blended in it followed by a dragging and not-too-impressive second half, except for the brilliant climax, amalgamated with marvelous music score will be my one-liner about VTV…

The character ‘Karthik’ required subtle, soft, suave expressions, which was not simbu’s forte… Though he scored well in some places there was something lacking in his performance which failed to take the character to greater height… In some parts of the movie his face was not able to bring out the delicate romantic emotion which was always a part of Goutham’s film hero… There was no question about Simbu’s talent here and neither was he a wrong choice… But it was a bit too soft for simbu’s to handle… An area which he may have to concentrate…

Jessie – A neat and excellent characterization complemented by perfect performance from Trisha… There has been two ways of portraying heroines in Tamil Film industry ‘Homely’ or ‘Glamorous’… But Goutham introduced a third dimension in making his lead lady as elegant, stylish and attractive too… From Reema Sen in Minnale to Jo in Kakha Kakha to Trisha in VTV his female artists were lucky as they wouldn’t have seen themselves more beautiful than they were in the film… By far the best film for Trisha in looks as well as character wise and she has been absolutely ravishing… She is the life-line of this movie taking into account the below-par performance by her co-star…

When an Icon of Indian film music (ARR) and a talented director with great skill to extract best out of his music directors join together to give a film expectations will always be huge… ARR has proved why he is the best in the business… Being first Tamil music after Oscars, the album and background score turned out to be refreshing… It’s really amazing how Year after year, film after film, he was able exceed the expectation of all his fans and imprints his stamp on all his songs… All songs were amazing with ‘Aaromale’ standing tall from the rest…

Most of the songs were shot well (in Goutham’s film it’s expected one) except for couple, which I thought could have been taken even better… But as a director Goutham did disappoint a bit with the screen play in the second half with some needless portions…

Q: Why Karthik chose Jessie as his lover of all the girls in the world
Answer to the above question was a convincing one with some needless explanation…

Overall – A practical love story with a realistic climax and out-of-the world background score…

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  1. I do not watch Simbu’s movies but my kid and I are big fans of his songs!

    My son listens to it everyday on the way to school! It is so lame and meaningless..It goes like this : If I show one finger, 2 finger, 3 finger ..!

    Agreed it is our guilty pleasure! :-)

  2. This is the first time I liked Simbu. The film is a bit long. IMHO Trisha has not done a amazing job, its more a subdued performance.

  3. Interesting review … but perhaps the reviewer suffers from the same “stereo-sickness” that he/she has hinted at about film makers –

    The film – apart from being a romantic tale also has a huge questionmark as an under- current – why is Jessie the way she is – The age-old tamil writer’s (often male) perplexity with what goes on in a woman’s head – or the romanitcisation of this perplexity – is what irritated me the most – A huge novel lies as the base of Jessie’s confusion – that is, if you don’t give it the trivial explanation that she just was not that into him!

    Hmmm Simbhu I thought was brilliant – yes it was not his usual style, but isn’t that what makes a good actor — being able to step out and tackle non-image roles? I thought his role was totally consistent and his experssions spoke volumes – sometimes in self-effacing humour which was the most lovable part of the male character Karthik’s characterization.

    The film did slack a bit after the interval… it could have been shortened, why not have a feature film that runs for just 1.5 hours? you can have colour cartoons to make up the rest for the audience, or documentaries of the places where the film was shot, or any such thing…

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