VTV released almost a month back, a bunch of people loved it, some hated it, and people like me think it is absurd. The reviews were very mixed. I did like the movie in parts – ARR’s Music, the visuals and the sarees. My love ends here.
Before I begin, let me make my stand very clear – I am not anti love or an extremist, save the pink chaddis for another day or another person. I am all for soppy love stories with lots of mush, if it gets too mushy I will even shed a few tears if needed. VTV failed to strike that – oh my God, I feel like crying now moment.
Now I will tell you why I found the movie absurd.
a) There is no such thing called – love at first sight. Ten days back, I fell off the bike right in front of my mom’s office. A really cute looking guy held my hand, helped me get off the bike, switched off the ignition for me and put the bike in the parking lot. Tamil movies portray this as love at first sight right? Guy looks at girl, girl looks at guy, and then the guy breaks into a lovely song – hosanna in VTV. But none of it happened with me, the guy went away on his bike in his direction and me in mine after first aid. The guy did not run amok all over Besant Nagar looking for me. You get the drift? Stuff like this doesn’t happen in real life.
b) Stop demonising brothers – please! Honestly, brothers are the best things that have happened to girls. And Mr. Gautam Vasudev Menon, I’m quite serious about this. They are the only ones who’ll stand up for you when the whole family is against you and will make sure you feel better. They don’t go about beating guys.
c) Hindu-Christian, Tamil-Mallu. Inter religion Inter caste marriages don’t work out. Who told you that? Alaigal Oivadhillai released in 1980, when my dad was in his early 20’s. But things have changed now. I will give two examples to prove my point. Case 1: - Tamil Iyer guy – Spanish American girl. This guy turns out to be my cousin. My perima did fake a heart attack, but when you are convinced that he/ she is THE person, you can always convince the grey haired junta at home. Case 2: - Iyer guy again, Mallu Christian. This guy turns out to be a family friend’s son. He managed to convince the people. I mean, if staunch orthodox Iyers or tam-brahms can do it, you can do it too!
d) Parents are not monsters, mister. I’ll agree to the fact that we girls are scared to bits of our dads. But they’re not monsters. They are good natured men who only want the best for their little girlies. And there is nothing wrong in it. If you think you are right, you can always tell the appa character that this is what you want. They will not give in immediately, but eventually they will budge.
e) Why do you have so many clichés in the movie? Why does the hero have to name his move ONLY Jessie, Karthik nu peru vecha padam odatha? Love or affection or even that, deep emotion connect wears off over the years when you lose contact with that person. You will miss them a lot in the beginning and very soon they become just memories. People get over their exes in a matter of 3weeks, you are talking about 2yyrs. Konjam over ah ille?
f) All love stories need not have happy endings, but all love stories do not end because of parental opposition. There might be so many other things that can mar the progress, personal issues, ego clashes, and sometimes people just grow out of it.
I have another major doubt – why would a woman who hates movies, fly to god forsaken Madras to catch a flick?
Bottom line: Ulagathala evalavo padam irundhu, naa yen vinnaithandi varuvaya pathen?
Prash, thanks for saving 120 bucks for the ticket, 80 bucks for the food :P