BIG SCREEN Movie: Engeyum Kadhal Cast: “Jayam” Ravi, Hansika Motwani
In the movies of yore the heroine used to tie a chit of paper around a tree and pray that she should be united with her lover. “Engeyum Kadhal” offers the same kind of soppy drama trying to make it into a sophisticated love story under the cover of spectacular Paris locales.
Why it fails?
The story revolves around Kamal born and brought up in India but believes in “foreign culture” and Kayalvizhi who lives in Paris but respects Indian culture (which apparently involves teeny dresses and coffee dates with a guy she just met).
Kayal falls head over heels in love with Kamal. But he does not believe in commitment or true love. Obviously, all of us know the rest of the story.
The only two things that seem to stand out in the entire movie is Nirav Shah's camera work that has captured Paris in a beautiful manner and Nalini Sriram's elegant choice of costumes. Raju Sundaram does make us laugh in a few scenes, but it falls as an empty gimmick trying to fill show time!
Why does the heroine have that babyish voice and expressions that seem to do nothing for her? Why does the hero believe in “no commitments” and why does he change?
These are just some of the questions that go unanswered in the almost non-existent story with a joke for a climax!
To add to this, the beautiful lyrics penned down by Thamarai for “Engeyum Kadhal” is hampered with couples kissing each other every two seconds in the visual. It does not kindle romance; rather makes me feel nauseated. The trailer may make it seem like a very sophisticated breezy love story, but in reality “Engeyum Kadhal” is just a failed attempt at I don't know what.
Bottomline: “Engeyum Kadhal” has a lot of pink, hearts, red, mush, chocolates and all the Valentine's Day crap but absolutely no love.
NANDHITHA HARIHARAN, Finished XII, Chettinad Vidyashram