Finally the most awaited romantic movie for Kollywood this year arrived at the theatres on December 14th. However, it has been received with a bag of mixed opinions post its release.
Isaignanani Ilaiyaraja’s music had done wonders to the movie’s market. But now that the movie has released the songs have a new interpretation as they are part of a script that runs hand in hand with the tunes.After its screening Dhayanidhi Alagiri came out with an unrestrained remark on the director and composer’s collaboration.
Neethane En Ponvasantham is simply the love life of two individuals Varun [Jeeva] and Nithya Vasudevan [Samantha]. Varun and Nithya are school friends, meeting up with love proposals at the age of High-school and separates due to misunderstandings.
At the age of 21, suddenly the lead pair meets up in the last days of their college in a cultural fest and there starts the journey of their love again, leading to separation for the second time. Watch out Neethane En Ponvasantham, to know whether Varun and Nithya have ever made up their love to marriage?
Jeeva has given good performance as ever. As Varun, Jeeva has shown utmost maturity with slight variation in his roles as school boy, teenager, a youngster and a working guy.
Samantha has excelled with her performance and for the first time she has dubbed in her own voice, which is one of the highlights. Besides this, Samantha’s looks as a school girl are killing.
Santhanam, as Jeeva’s friend will be seen in every frame and as-usual surpassed with his one liners and comic timing.
Gautham Menon, who is king of romantic entertainers, has managed to bring out Neethane En Ponvaasatntham well. But the slow paced screenplay will not go well with many of the audiences, especially non-romantic film lovers.
Ilayaraja’s musical scores are classy and melodious, which are aesthetically shot by the makers. Cinematography is downcast and the crucial scenes are taken in long shots, care should have been taken on the camera placement. However, all the songs are beautifully captured. Editing by Anthony Gonsalves could have been done better.
Neethane En Ponvasantham is more or less like a prequel to Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. The only gripping points for NEP are cult performances of Jeeva and Samantha, especially their chemistry in some scenes are good, alongside Ilayaraja’s music and Santhanam’s comic timing such as, ‘Vaali hits madhiri Varun emails anu sollitu oru CD elithi tharen anu sollu macha” are highly laudable. The romantic scenes are well shot.
The only issue with NEP is its slow pace. First half drags a lot though Gautham Menon’s narration and lead actors fine performances keeps you hooked. The multiple-times repeated break-up scenes and the arguments could have been shortened though.
Neethane En Ponvasantham deals with a young couple, who are in love but also breaks-up several times for minor issues like possessiveness, difference of opinions, arguments between the couples et al are all realistically shown that many would relate to their real lives. Crisp editing and better dialogues could have made Neethane En Ponvasantham a perfect watch.
FC Verdict: 4/5
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