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Nenjathai Killadhae – Novel yet tiring

Posted by harino1 on February 18, 2008

A rich boy (Vasan, played by Vikrath) indulges in various bizarre experiments to have different experiences. He eats in a five star hotel without money, he wears girls’ outfit in a show room, he prefers to go to jail just for the heck of it, and he hires a sex worker and lets her sleep alone…

We have a girl (Aanandhi played by Bharathi), daughter of an NRI, staying alone in the city. She is making a documentary film on persons belonging to the fringe world. She meets the convicts in the prison and the sex workers for her documentary.

Surprisingly, sparks don’t fly when Vasan and Anandhi meet. In fact she develops a sort of aversion towards his behavior. But she is impressed with him when she hears about his experience with the sex worker.

She can’t believe that a boy can behave like this. According to her, the physical proximity would definitely lead to love or sex between a boy and girl. The boy denies. They challenge each other and set for an experiment.

The boy emerges winner while the girl is impressed by the sensitive behavior and gentle gestures of the boy. She proposes to the boy but he refuses to accept her love. When she insists him to accept her, he just makes mockery about her feelings.

The girl is deeply hurt. She is shocked to see a man, who approaches life just as a bunch of experiments to gain varied experiences. She feels cheated and humiliated.

Later on the boy realizes the dormant love within him and comes back to the girl but she is not ready to accept him. She cannot believe that he can get into real love. Her dejection and conviction are too strong to consider his change. Now he challenges that he would make her love him and she accepts the challenge. The emotional game between them leads to an unpredictable climax.

There are some side tracks involving Vasan’s family members. Vasan’s handling of the personal problems of his father and sister try to show his approach towards love and relationships.

Ahathyan, who redefined the way love had been portrayed in Tamil films by his unique approach in Kaadhal Kottai, has come up with a novel theme. He tries to deal with the difference between the natural experiences and the doctored ones. He also drives home the point that those who see life as just a bunch of experiences might fail to experience the life naturally. He has penned some sharp and sensitive dialogues. He is ably supported by some good performances, pleasant cinematography (D. Shankar), and effective background music (Yugendran).

Where he lacks is the way he goes about telling you the story. The narrative is dragging and the scenes are redundant. Many of the ‘experiments’ by the protagonist are inherently weak and obviously unconvincing. His approach towards the problems of his family members and his response to the girl who proposes to him, do not match. The director has taken too much of screen time to tell us the character of the protagonist. Post interval, the way he goes about convincing the girl is quite wearing.

Ahathyan has chosen a novel theme that explores the experiments of experiences. He has got the emotional quotient of the girl right. But he loses track, as he has worked out the screenplay with a lot of dragging and redundant incidents. This has marred the impact of the theme and made the film a tedious experience.

Vikranth as the protagonist is by and large impressive. He looks better and handles many scenes, especially the lighter ones, with ease. But he is less convincing in emotional sequences. His body language and dialogue delivery need to be improved.

Bharathi steals the show with her emphatic portrayal of a girl with zeal and natural feelings. She is more impressive in emotional sequences. Her expressive eyes and varied smiles convey more that her words do. She is particularly impressive when she tells her love (twice!). Her reaction to the response of her lover is noteworthy. The girl in a role that sans glamour, looks smart.

Others including Manivannan, Saranya, VIkramaditya, and Nizhalgal Ravi have done their part well.

Premji Amaran has made the songs sound well. They are tuneful. The last two songs (Nera Varattuma and Kaadhale Nee Ennodu) stand out but the placement of the songs is not appropriate.

Ahathiyan impresses by his theme, execution of emotional scenes, characterization of Anandhi, and sensible dialogues. But he fails to come up with an interesting script filled with convincing scenes to hold our interest through out the film.

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