Director: G.N.R. Kumaravelan
Cast: Sakthi, Prithviraj, Karthik Kumar, Priya Mani, Anuja Iyer, K. Bhakyaraj, Vishnu, ‘Lollu Sabha’ Jeeva and Ilavarasu.
Storyline: Spun around a group of four classmates, who meet after eight years.
Bottomline: Interesting but could have been crisp.
V>ijay Antony, music composer, and cinematographer Balasubramaniem have helped director GNR. Kumaravelan in no small measure in the making of Gemini Film Circuit’s ‘Ninaithale Inikkum,’ presented by Sun Pictures.
A rehash of the Malayalam hit ‘Classmates,’ it is a campus story revolving round a group of four — Sakthi (Sakthi), Siva (Prithiviraj), Vasu (Karthik Kumar), Meera (Priyamani), Sali (Anuja Iyer) and Bala (Vishnu).
Siva and Vasu are always at loggerheads and it is Siva who emerges winner. He is in love with Meera but does not tell her. Sakthi loves Sali, but Sali’s parents are against the match.
One night Sakthi dies in the generator room of the college. Siva leaves the college midway and so does Sali. After eight long years, all the students of the same class meet at a party. The puzzle pieces fall in place as they talk about the past.
Prithvi Raj as Siva does his part well particularly where he fights with Karthik Kumar to retrieve the photo from the ballot box.
Sakthi, the peacemaker, is very natural. After his death it is Anuja Iyer as Sali who hogs the frames and she comes out with flying colours. But she must watch her make-up which lets her down in close-ups. Karthik Kumar is also improving day by day. Priyamani has little to do in the film dominated by men.
Ilavarasu as the canteen keeper breezes through his role. Another natural performer is K. Bagyaraj as Pazhaniyappan, father of Sakthi, who helps the students find answers to all the questions bothering them.
Kumaravelan’s screenplay bubbles with youthful spirit in the first half while the knots are unreeled in the second. The director should have changed the scene here and there as the campus atmosphere gets slightly monotonous.
Vijay Antony has worked over time to make it a lively experience for the viewers and he has succeeded by giving some best tunes like ‘Kalluri’ (Sheba) and ‘Alla’ (Vijay Antony) and ‘Azhagai Pookuthe’ (Prasanna and Janaki Iyer). His background score has also improved a lot. But the only problem is the placement of the songs, some of which hinder the free flow of the screenplay.
Cameraman Balasubramaniem is an asset to the film as he gives some of the enchanting visuals particularly in the songs and the night effects shots.
National award winning editor Sreekar Prasad is an apt foil to the director but he should have made the first half taut. Kumaravelan passes the test creditably if not with distinction.S.R. ASHOK KUMAR