The first frame of Gnabagangal, in which lyricist Pa. Vijay makes his debut as an actor, unfolds with his voice informing the audience that it is the love saga of his good friend, poet Kadhiravan. But the way the narration flows, one feels it may be Pa.Vijay’s own love story.
The tale is a mix of O. Henry’s ‘The Gift of the Magi,’ Mithaq Kazimi’s short film, ‘Through Her Eyes’, and Rituparno Ghosh’s ‘Rain Coat,’ especially the second half. The only difference is that Pa. Vijay’s male protagonist is a poet.
A young poet, Kadhiravan, wants to make it big in the film industry as a lyricist and his ultimate aim is to get a national award. In his quest, he is helped by Meera. They love each other. But Meera’s father marries his daughter off to a wealthy diamond merchant. In the meantime, Kadhiravan fulfils his ambition by making a name for himself as a lyricist and his dream comes true when he is also selected for the national award. He goes to New Delhi to receive it. From there he goes in search of Meera, who is living in Haridwar. They meet, talk and pretend to be happy.
Pa.Vijay should have worked more on his debut role rather than concentrating on the storyline, screenplay, dialogue and production. As writing dialogue is part of his job he is at ease with it. He passes muster as an actor in some scenes.
The heroine, Sridevika, looks older than the hero, but she does a good job in some scenes in the second half. Except for the lead pair, the others do not have meaty roles. Chandru and Jeevan are adequate. ‘Nizhalgal’ Ravi comes as a popular lyric writer in one scene and does his job with ease.
Although making his debut as the music director with this film, Jamesvic has done a decent job. The climax song ‘Gnabagam Illayo Thozhi,’ in particular, is sure to fetch another award for singer S.P. Balasubramaniam, whose golden voice seems to suit all the actors in the industry — young or old. The background score is also up to the mark.
Cameraman-director Jeevan along with Vijay should have worked more on the screenplay to make it gripping with interesting insights and incidents. Most of the songs do not blend well and seem to have been thrust into the scenes. The narration lacks the much-needed punch.Gnabagangal
Cast: Pa.Vijay, Sridevika, ‘Nizhalgal’ Ravi, ‘Silandhi’ Chandru and Jeevan.
Storyline: A young poet aspires to make it big in the film industry, meanwhile his love is married off to someone else. Years later, after his ambition has been fulfilled and he gets recognition for his work, he meets her in Haridwar
Bottomline: Pa.Vijay should have worked more on the screenplay to make it interestingS. R. ASHOK KUMAR