Ithu Kathirvelan Kadhal
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 14 February 2014
Ithu Kathirvelan Kadhal
S. R. Prabhakaran
Udhayanidhi Stalin, Nayantara
Twenty minutes into the film and you know you are in for some kind of cocktail with all the essential Kollywood ingredients for a typical comedy.
You have a Mr Nice guy hero and a ?Hanuman devotee? who flips for a beautiful girl-next-door, a friend as love- guru, father- son sentiments, songs in foreign locations served with a rom-com garnish.
Kathir (Udhayanidhi) a Madurai lad goes to Coimbatore with a purpose and very soon flips for the charms of a beautiful Pavithra (Nayanthara) who is their neighbour. But Pavithra is already in love with her friend Gautham (Sundar) who is ?not a nice guy?. Kathir who was looking out for his friend at college Mayil (Santhanam) bumps into suddenly and as expected he turns love advisor for our hero!
Meanwhile our hero who is head-over-heels in love with Pavithra has already sung two dream songs in some exotic outdoors!! But when Pavithra tells Kathir that she is already taken, our poor hero decides to go back to his home town not before telling her that Gautham is not the ?Mr perfect? for her. On hearing this, she asks him to leave but in lightning speed realises her lover?s true colour. She comes back into Kathir?s life and they sing more duets (a kuthu song now) in Pollachi.
All hurdles for the lovers are sorted out and they live happily ever after. Is it the same SR Prabhakaran who gave us that interesting Sundarapandian ? Here the story is wafer-thin and weak and none of the characters are well-etched out. Every scene looks contrived and manipulated.
This film doesn't work because it's hard to empathize with any of the characters and the actors fail to rise above the flawed script. Udhayanidhi has improved leaps and bounds in all departments of acting; Nayan looks good and does what is expected from her. Santhanam repeats his friend act for the umpteent time and his one-liners falls flat. Songs by Harris are ok but placements are wrong and at times in your face.
The film is made in the template of a regular Tamil film style romcom which means hero and heroine fall in love for no particular reason and everything else falls into place with an emotionally manipulated climax. On the whole, it?s impossible to find much love for this film!