WILL YOU CROSS THE SKIES (FOR ME)?
For the non-Tamil speaker, a title like “VINNAITHANDI VARUVAYA” sounds like a tongue twister and since quite a few of my dear friends are those who do not follow Tamil, the closest English translation which I could think of is what has been mentioned in the title. VV was released early this year as a Tamil production and also as a Telugu version with a different star cast; the Hindi version is currently under production and I am unable to visualize as to what could be a fitting Hindi translation for this lyrical title.
Thanks to my wife, who had kept track of when this Tamil DVD would come to our library (she knew that I would like to watch the movie with sub-titles considering my less than perfect knowledge of the language), we got to see this movie today. VV is written and directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon, who is credited with light romantic movies and has a reputation for generating a feel-good ambience in the audience. VV also has the great A R Rahman as its music director and as the movie unfolds, all that one expects from the maestro is fulfilled and more.
VV is a little over two and a half hours long: it is by no means a fast paced movie. It is a beautifully crafted love story against the background of current times. It captures all the nuances of a loving relationship as it evolves from the time the protagonists see each other first to the twist in the tail. There is infatuation, envy, anger, passion, sadness…virtually every emotion that couples in love experience and this is brought alive on the screen by the brilliant performances from the lead cast, Silambarasan and Trisha. The story is like any other love story and addresses the age old question: can love bloom in an atmosphere of parental objections? But what makes the treatment outstanding is the extremely sharp etched characters of the hero and heroine, who (like what happens in reality) are coloured in shades of grey. The dialogues are short and crispy; there are no long pontifications. The short and down-to-earth dialogues amply supplement the emoting of the actors and the romantic lyrics of the songs add to the ethereal and earthy flavor of the film.
VV is a must see for all die-hard romantics: anyone who has been in love will surely be able to relate to some phase or the other of the relationship as presented on the screen. A few scenes tug at your heart gently and Gautham Menon’s mature handling is clearly visible from how he manages to sustain viewer interest with virtually no melodrama. And for the benefit of all those who might miss a line of criticism in the above, I might add that Gautham could have trimmed its length and perhaps clipped a few songs. But if you are truly in love land, would you look at your watches?