Banner: Studio Green
Starring: Suriya, Jyothika, Bhoomika
Music Director: A R Rahman
Producer: KE. Gnanavel Raja
Release Date: 10th Nov, 06
The irony strikes you like a sparkling light on a dark night. There they are, the two of them who are set to become man and wife in real life in a few days time, are shown to be forced into a marriage that they just are not interested in. They look like sparring opposing MPs in Parliament. And for those fleeting moments, the duo strikes a picture of incongruence. And then you also realize there will be plenty of eventful surprises and intriguing turns in the script and story.
Sure enough you are not mistaken as Sillunu Oru Kaadhal not only showcases love and romance in cool and icy glamour but also underlines the warm and sunny side of it. The script gives scope to understand love in its various shades and shines. It also presents the different meaning of life in different times of one’s life. Debutant director Gautham abhors the clichés of cinematic like yesterday’s soufflé. With Suriya and Jyothika around why should he? After all, they bring to romance a special charm and seeing them in love, you fall in love with the idea of love. The unique understanding and the creative interpretation of their respective characters add depth to a movie that is an emotional gut-wrencher. Bhoomika as the functional chord in this triad of romance adds grace and charm. And then there is amazing music of A R Rehman that mounts the film on a fresh and fervent canvas. Both his songs and rerecording add dignity and delight to the movie.
The story is simply about a doting wife who comes to know that her equally doting husband had a past, which involved a compelling romance. Kundavi (Jyothika) and her friends in a quaint village near Tenkasi decide that love marriage is the way to a happy and contended life. While her friends settle for rustic nobodies, Kundavi doesn’t find her Mr Right in that village. So she is pushed into a normal marriage that she doesn’t want. On the other hand, there is Gautham (Suriya) who is also strangely not keen in the marriage. But the invisible string of fate through the knot of marriage ties them together.
The director smartly sidesteps the inter-lying passages that bring Gautham and Kundavi together like no adhesive could ever could. Cut to Mumbai, the two are the most romantic couple in the metropolis. Gautham by now is a leading mechanic in a car company while Kundavi too is a working woman. The two have an adorable child. And heaven could not be any nearer. It is absolute bliss.
As it happens, Kundavi chances upon a diary of Gautham in which are details of his past that is at once interesting and gripping. Gautham is a rough and tough engineering student while Aishwarya (Bhoomika) is his junior in the same college. She is the daughter of a local MP. After a few run-ins, the two fall in love with dramatic intensity. So much so they decide to get married. But a few moments after the marriage, her dad takes Aishwarya away while Gautham is left bruised black and blue.
Gautham cannot trace Aishwarya and circumstances force him to marry Kundavi. But now she knows of his past and also understands the force of his love for Aishwarya. So as a dutiful and doting wife, she tries an impossibility. But does it work? And what happens to Aishwarya? Who gets Gautham in the end? These are interesting imponderables that the director makes you to chew on till the denouement.
The film is a simple love triangle but interpolates the impossible geometry of true affection. The film’s strength is in the details. No new director has got the finer aspects of both married life affection and college campus love so correctly and so very intelligently.
Suriya as Gautham is an absolute treat to watch. Right from the start he shows what a matured performer that he is these days. As the husband of Kundavi, his expressions carry the weight of responsibility that attach to all .