When ardent love switches gear to obsession mode, it could lead to brutality and bloodshed, as it does in Eppadi Manasukkul Vandhaai (U/A). Director P.V. Prasath who made a hit of his debut attempt, Kaadhalil Vizhundhaen that had Nakul and Sunaina in the lead, returns with another film based on a similar theme.

Just like in KV, EMV is about a poor boy passionately in love with a rich girl. If falling in love involved delusions and illusions in the former, it leads to murder and mayhem in the latter. The suspense element has been handled quite effectively in this second romantic thriller from Prasath. Yet if the film tries your patience now and then, narration is the culprit, and length, its bane. Otherwise, why should a strong line, which has the potential to bring the viewer to the edge of his seat at many a turn test your patience, particularly towards the end? Prasath may wish to project his verse-writing skills (he’s the lyricist too) but seven songs in rather quick succession are pace breakers most of the time. For all that, new composer A. J. Daniel’s songs are quite engaging. Wanting to repeat the ‘Naaku Mooka’ craze that Vijay Antony brought to KV, Daniel has tried out the ‘Oorakaali’ number!

It is love at first sight for Cheenu (Vishwa), the son of a washerman, when he sets eyes on Mitra (Tanvi Vyas) in college. He’s willing to go to any length to make her respond to his overtures, but he’s unprepared for the quagmire of crime that he gets caught in. He has to run away from the chasers, which includes the police force, and also not allow the girl he loves slip through his fingers.

When the law enforcers act with acumen matters gain momentum, but the moment you see their chief becoming a blackmailer, the director’s grip loosens.

Vishwa, the new hero, is energetic enough but ought to work more on the spontaneity aspect. The amazing screen presence of heroine Tanvi, a debutante, should take her places. She exudes freshness and charm throughout. EMV is a worthy break for Irfan, a familiar face on the Vijay TV circuit about a couple of years ago. As Sam, Mithra’s friend, he garners notice.

The screenplay is complicated but V.T. Vijayan makes it reasonably easy to comprehend the flow — his deft editing deserves praise. Vijay Milton, the cinematographer of Kaadhalil Vizhundaen, joins Prasath once again to wield the camera for EMV — he’s its dialogue writer too!

EMV doesn’t hold the viewer’s attention completely, mainly because Prasath has allowed ample space for avoidable elements.

Eppadi Manasukkul Vandhaai

Genre: Romantic thriller

Director: P.V. Prasath

Cast: Vishwa, Tanvi Vyas, Irfan

Storyline: In a moment, ardent love makes the hero’s hands bloody. He has to run for his life, and get his girl too …

Bottomline: Interesting premise, yet not wholly riveting