Starring: Silambarasan, Trisha.
Direction: Gautham Menon
Music: AR Rahman
Production: Escape Artists Motion Pictures And R.S. Infotainment
‘A unique love story between Trisha as Jesse and Silambarasan as Karthik’ is what Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (VTV) is all about - love. Releasing this weekend, VTV is what would have been a perfect Valentines Day release for Kollywood. But, here we are, two weeks after Valentine Day, ready to receive the first all-out romantic release of 2010. After the cute and lovable debut that he made with Minnale, a film that is still popular for the wonderful way in which it depicted romance, Gautham Menon moved on to more serious and action-packed stuff. Kakka Kakka and Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu whetted his appetite for cop subjects (of course, there are now talks about the Gautham-Ajith combination which might once again be a cop story) while he surprised us with an unusual attempt in Pachchaikili Muthucharam. Late in 2008, he showed signs of going back to the more mellow stuff with Vaaranum Aayiram. Now, looks like Gautham Menon has come full circle (may be too early in his career to say such a thing) and is back to love, romance and all the sweet things in life.
Love stories are predictable. Boy meets girl, a little bit of wooing, rejection and then acceptance, a few songs, the hero going down on one knee to propose and they lived happily ever after… But, the magic of love stories is that despite their predictability, they can still keep you hooked and charmed. The only requisite is that the lead pair must look like a couple worth envying on screen. In VTV, we have a rather under-explored combination in Tamil cinema - Silambarasan and Trisha. Yes, they have worked together before in Alai, but that was hardly the sweet romantic tale that can firmly establish the worth of a pair. VTV will be that litmus test for this young pair to prove that they can really create magic together on screen. And, they are being helmed by a man who is known for handling romances in a very endearing way, even in his action films. It had been pointed out some time back by a visitor to the site that Gautham Menon has a unique way of showing his heroines in a different light, as beautiful rather than glamorous. Looks like Gautham is set to do the same with Trisha too. Even in the trailers, Silambarasan’s voice describes Jesse as a classy, educated, well-read and stylish woman. So, Trisha’s fans can expect a new look and feel to their favorite heroine. But, it is not just Trisha, who is in for a makeover; Silambarasan looks a wholly different and new person as Karthik, the assistant director who is out to woo the girl of his dreams. The locations look rich and exotic, the kind of visual treat you would expect in an as sweet as it can get romance, Manoj Paramahamsa (DOP) is the man behind what you see on screen. And finally getting to the most talked about aspect of VTV - the music of A.R. Rahman. There is no need to say a lot about the reach or impact that ‘Hosanna’ has had in just a few weeks. It is pure magic, something unique to Rahman and something that will serve as one of the biggest strengths of VTV, especially with the way Gautham is known to picturize his songs. It is Gautham and Rahman together for the first time, and as much as we hope for Gautham and Harris to reunite, the combination that has been unearthed in VTV is definitely worth savoring. With the season of love still lingering on, with some liltingly romantic tunes and potentially sparkling pair on screen, VTV has all the elements that can make the youth melt. Let’s wait and watch. And, we have heard that Gautham is ready with alternative climaxes which may be used depending upon the audiences’ reactions. All the best!