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Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu review

Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu
Gautham Menon
Nani, Samantha, Krishnudu, Anupama Kumar
C Kalyan
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The story is about Varun and Nithya and how their relationship changes from school days till they get married at 24.

Varun (Nani) and Nithya (Samantha) are childhood buddies and they study in the same school. Nithya belongs to a rich family, Varun to the middle class. They both love each other and enjoy life but a moment comes in Varun's life to focus on studies and career and work for the economical development of his family. He works hard to get a seat in IIM and start neglecting Nithya. A small tussle makes them part their ways at that weak moment.

Each of them is right in their own way. Will they finally unite and live happily ever after or the ego problems between them completely spoil their relationship?

No one understands modern relationships like director Gautham Menon. Egos, emotional chasm, confusion of what they really want are the main problems today`s youth face in their love life. Like in his earlier movie, Ye Maaya Chesave, he also dwells on these aspects in Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu too but in a different context.

Varun, Nithya and their fights, separation and the longings are the base of this plot written by Reshma Ghatala and screenplay by Reshma and Gautham Menon.

The film starts off lazily but it picks up momentum as the film progresses. One can derive real joy from this movie only in the second half. Aided by superb performances by the lead pair Nani and Samantha, Gautham Menon`s deft handling towards the climax leaves the audiences in emotional tangle. A bit slow, but it has some fine moments of love and emotion in the second half. Bear the dull moments in the beginning and you would be rewarded later.

Scenes that make great impact are - Nani`s father talking to him about his economic status and the love he has for his sons, and the entire episode in the last twenty minutes. The break-up scene of the couple is a huge put-off.

Being the most important scene of the film, the director should have given it double attention. How we the wish the cameraman knew the importance of this scene. Looks like the team was in a hurry to see the couple break.

Like in all Gautham Menon's films, the film's heroine walks away with the honours finally. Yes, it is Samantha's film all the way. As Nithya (incidentally, Gautham Menon wanted to title the film Nithya), Samantha shows much maturity in her perforance. She brilliantly delivers a gamut of expressions through her eyes. She is perfect as school girl, and equally at home in the role of 24-year-old woman.

To see what a good actor Nani is, you have to watch out for him in the film's climax sequences. He looks best in the role of matured youngster and his emotional outburst in the climax sequences show what a talent he is.

Krishnudu is a total miscast. Among other cast members, Ravikanth is good. Anupama Kumar and Ravi Raghavendra make an impression.

After Sri Ramarajyam, this is Maestro Ilayaraja's best musical work. Gautham Menon has used Raja's mellifluous numbers as narrative device. `Layi Layi` and `Yedi Yedi` are the numbers that make more impact on screen.

The maestro's BGM is outstanding. Ilayaraja`s music speaks volumes in the film. When words fail, emotions go void, its Ilayaraja`s music that does all the talking.

Cinematography by M.S Prabhu and Om Prakash is just okay. In fact, probably this is Gautham Menon`s first film that fails on good cinematography.

Looks like the film has been chopped up liberally at editing table, at most places the flow is not smooth.

Dialogues by Kona Venkat are natural. Both writer Reshma and director Gautham Menon have made the love scenes look natural, devoid of artificiality. As a director Gautham Menon has gone notch above in dealing this love story.

The only itch is that they should have worked on the first half, which is unpardonably slow.

Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu is a realistic and modern love story from director Gautham Menon. Samantha steals the show with her performance, by delivering her best to date.

Nani's performance in the climax scenes have made the movie more believable.

Though slow pace is the problem in the movie, second half is its soul. Have patience, and you will be rewarded.

Rating: 3.25/5


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