3 is a moving drama that will undoubtedly leave you with a lump in your throat. Intuitively written by Aishwarya herself, it is emotional and sure to leave you teary-eyed. Much of the credit for that must go to the protagonist played by Dhanush who delivers a measured performance in a myriad role.
The film keeps you engaged on the strength of its plot, as it does for the interesting characters who inhabit it. The first half is poetic and takes you on a journey through the love story of Ram (Dhanush) and Janani (Shruthi) who are 12th standard students. The romance has a slow build-up and an earthy charm.
The scenes between Ram and the delicate Janani, played by a Shruthi are a scream. Silences convey so much more than irreverent banter, and nowhere is this more evident than in the interactions between the lovely pair whose romance is told through their eyes and longing expressions.
For Dhanush, 3 is yet another milestone in acting. Investing in him a boyish charm, he exploits the role with full-blown impact. He effortlessly pulls off the restless, charming Ram and brings depth to his character. Aishwarya has brought the best out of Shruti in her school portions but she tends to overact, especially in the crying scenes towards the end.
Siva Karthikeyan as Kumaran and Sundar as Senthil, Ram?s friends never miss a beat. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the supporting cast and watch how cleverly Aishwarya uses them. It's a joy to watch veterans like Prabhu, Bhanupriya and Rohini.
An impressive achievement both in writing and direction, the film is full of fine nuances and sharp observations that stay with you. Comedy and romance are beautifully weaved into the story in a realistic manner.
Songs by Anirudh are a major plus for the film and they go with the flow of the story. The most anticipated Kolaveri number does not overshadow the narration and is picturised in a simple manner by Aishwarya, without any gimmicks. The Kannazhaga and Podi Po stays with you even after the film is over.
Velraj?s camera is good while Kola Bhaskar could have made the film crisp in the climax. On the whole, 3 has its heart in the right place, though the second half seem scattered. Overlook these faults, and make it a point to watch 3.