Film: Ninaithadhu Yaaro
Cast: Rajith, Nimisha, Richard, Kartik Yogi
He had carved an enviable niche for himself as a maker who could depict relationships beautifully in his films. Be it family ties, sibling bonding, friendship or romance, all were handled with sensitivity and sensibility. Vikraman now returns after a fairly long sabbatical with ‘Ninaithadhu Yaaro’. But the director seems to have lost his touch, struggling as he does to blend the traditional with the modern.
The film is about five strangers - three boys and two girls -who meet, form a group with a common agenda and stay under one roof. After failures in love, they go on an anti-love mode. But the actions they indulge in to further their cause are, however, juvenile. They include bashing up a florist who comes to enquire if they needed a bouquet for Valentine’s Day; and disturbing a romantic pair at the beach, berating the guy for his ‘love’ and bad choice, and showering ridicule on the girl for her simple looks. Appalling is this scene and the message it conveys.
The time to rethink for the group comes when they go to interview Mohan, a successful film director renowned for his romantic tales. Mohan (Rajith from the Malayalam screen) narrates to them his own love story. It’s a long dreary flashback, and films within a film. Actors Iniya and Harish play themselves. Appearing as the lead pair of Mohan’s film, they take up a lot of screen space. Nimisha plays Mohan’s love. Mohan ends his story, saying he owed all his success to love.
There is a twist here, which provides some unintended humour. The whole flashback story is based on lopsided logic and confused sentiments. But the group of five seems to be convinced on the power and sanctity of love.
In a scenario such as this, no actor makes his presence felt. The only watchable moment in the film is where the director has assembled many top heroes and most of the top directors, to be a part of a scene. Apart from this, there is nothing going for the film.
Vikraman has to re-invent himself if he wants to make a film for a contemporary audience. Else, he’s likely to lose whatever image and reputation he earned over the years.