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    My best Tamil movie of the year - simply because there have been so many outlandish and mediocre ones these days. The plot is not totally original or revolutionary, but the movie never lacks in pace. It begins with the story of an orphan (Dhanush) moving to the city to study, where the fashionable people think him to be uncivilized and boorish. A kind girl (Sonia) takes sympathy on him and they become close friends - a relationship Dhanush mistakes for love without realizing Sonia's love for someone else. When you think the movie is going to be another love triangle, it takes an interesting turn - Dhanush has been a victim of child abuse and will do ANYTHING to win his lover!

    Great acting by a relatively new set of actors, decent music score, and for a change in Tamil movies - A Story Line!

    I would give it an 8/10, among my favourite Tamil movies of the year.
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    Selvarhagavan has proved yet again that his style of directing and rendering romance on screen can be very sweet, sad and realistically plausible at the same time. The chemistry and love between dhanush and sonia agarwal is refreshingly deep,delightful and heartfelt. This is not due to any one factor such as acting only or dialogue, but a brilliant combination between great, understated acting, thoughtful and uniquely directed scenes and gossebump inducing music from Yuvan. At the same time, the transformation of Dhanush's character Vinod from a lonely, isolated but intelligent boy to a violent man with sociopathic tendencies is very organically done. One can easily sympathise with and understand Vinod's lonliness and emotional constraints as his character is established very well and played by Dhanush in a very gut wrenching manner. This is one of the biggest strengths of the film. If Dhanush didn't draw empathy from the audience, or if Sonia agarwal failed in her acting, or if the chemistry between them was offbeat then the film would have failed. As well as this, the sequences where Dhanush's obsessive love and psychotic tendecies are displayed are very intense and effective without being over the top violent.

    It also helps that both portions are done very uniquely. An example is, take the scene from the first half where Vinod is sleeping in a maths lesson and the angry teacher throws the duster at his face. One half of his face is littered with chalk, whereas his other half is empty. This symbolises both the lonely, isolated side of Vinod which yearns for love and the slowly growing monster of anger and obsession within dhanush as a result of the way in which society has branded him. Or take the very charming scene where Divya offers Vinod her upma, and he starts ravenously gobbling it but stops when Divya looks at him, and starts eating agian when she isn't looking at him. Or even take the sequence when Vinod subtly kidnaps Divya, into a cave but surprises both her and the audience with his cooking and the way in which he gets water, puts on a bed etc. Yuvan's soundtrack is absolutely brilliant as usual. It encompasses everything: Vinod's search for love, his sexual desire, his lonliness, his anger, his scars and Divya's compassion for him. Vinod's flashback is very well meshed into the screenplay and doesn't feel out of place like most flashbacks in other films, and is also uniquely done with the shock and sense of creepy unsettlement deriving from our knowledge of what could have happened rather than directly showing the images on screen. There is a particular scene involving an orphanage revoluting in a very "French-revolution-bastille-day" way that is totally badass and bloody whilst still being grounded in reality.

    The only flaw with the movie I would say is Aadhi's character. His performance as a playboy yet lovable college student is very charming and believable, but his characterisation lacks the depth of Vinod and Divya. The love triangle works because of Sudeep Sarangi's acting as Aadhi otherwise I don't think it would have been effective. If Aadhi's character had more depth then I think this film might have been absolutely perfect.

    Overall, a brilliantly directed, and acted film that stays with you long after you finish it. One of Dhanush's best performances, and of Tamil cinemas best movies.
  • Good Movie. Everybody acted very well in the movie. Songs and BGM in the movie were excellent. This is one of the Best Movie of Dhanush and Selvaraghavan. The movie was so interesting and thrilling. The movie had many vulgar scenes that were worst in the movie. Good Movie.
  • Must watch for cinephile who enjoy a thorough character study in stories many avoid on those days of it's release. Writer/director Selvaragavan is blessed with such a talent in writing and making it a movie could be watched any period in future and still feel for those character which are strangely relatable. Movie is a journey about Vinod (Dhanush). We get to know he lives with a christian missionary who NEVER HAD ANY CHOICE TO CHOOSE ANYTHING IN LIFE. Story is written in more simple way by starting as Vinod who is an introvert joins college and does part time job for his survival. Divya is classmate of Vinod, a kind-hearted person is the only friend, well-wisher to Vinod. Things are smooth until Aadhi helps Divya in a incident and wins her heart though they had rough days in college. What Vinod does after knowing what's going on between Divya and Aadhi's the rest of the story. Watch it for it's character growth, it's depth and how a story could be made in such a way one would feel for Vinod for his struggling with his past and truly feel sorry for him. And Divya who plays important role in Vinod's life as more of an Angel or God, who as a person keeps their friendship as pure/holy/Devine and her want was to see Vinod live happy life forever till the end was a well written character of a girl with heart at right place. Movie is about confusion of a Vinod turning into a man facing problems of understanding what is love, care, affection, betrayal of Divya who has his own understanding of life because of his dark past. All the actors did their part very well, especially the lead, music was the soul of the movie, technically good work and writer/director has given us unforgettable characters and story.. it is kind of Unadulterated friendship from Divya to Vinod who is deeply and possessive love to her. His transformation of innocent friend to Divya gradually changes into possessive yet battle between good and evil within himself to keep Divya was told in a subtle way is highlight of the entire film. Again it's a must watch film which tries to avoid the cliches and the ending will may leave you emotional.