Gautam Vasudev Menon’s ‘Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya’ (VTV) is a romantic story sans any sub plots. He has succeeded in presenting the love in a pleasing manner but failed to present the separation and the consequent events convincingly.
Karthik (Simbu), an engineering graduate, yearns to become a director. He falls for beautiful Jesse (Trisha) and tries to woo her in all possible manners. Jesse enjoys his overtures but she tells him that her family is dead against love and advises him to treat her as a friend. Karthik agrees and they move together as friends.
After a few meetings Jesse realizes that she too loves Katrthik and reveals her heart to him but she is still apprehensive about her father. Meanwhile, Jesse’s father makes arrangements for her marriage to a person of his choice. Jesse, who accepts it initially, breaks the arrangement, as she cannot forgo her love for Karthik. Even after the incident she is not ready to marry Karthick, as she doesn’t want to hurt her father.
The film drags on with the waiting game during which nothing happens. Meanwhile Karthik gets a chance to work as an assistant director. The director makes Jesse suddenly decide that the affair won’t work and she ditch Karthik. What happens next forms the rest of the story.
The love episode has been presented well. The dialogues are sharp and sensitive. The way Simbu nurtures his love for Jesse and the ambiguous reactions from Trisha are nice.
The problems with the film are it drags after a point and it fails in making the separation convincing. The reason and the provocation for the separation are far from convincing. The screenplay looks pathetic when Jesse decides to put an end to the affair for almost no valid reason.
A.R. Rahman’s music is a class apart. The title song and the ‘Omanapennae’ song are very good. Manoj’s cinematography is fabulous and Nalini Sriram’s costumes for Trisha are eye catching.
Trisha with her mischievous looks, flooring smile, minute and delicate facial expressions, is quite impressive. She acts well too in emotional sequences.
Simbu gets to show that he is a fine actor, who can impress without going overboard. Menon has brought out the mature actor in Simbu.
The movie is appealing in the first half but the second half lets down because of sluggish pace and unbelievable twists.