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From Kolaveri to Kola-Weary

A novel love story that we should have had...
Boy, this movie did send expectations soaring into the upper echelons of the atmosphere first with the involvement of the progeny of screen idols Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan in it and then the phenomenal success of the soundtrack Why This Kolaveri Di. However, the movie, 3, a love story that transforms into a thriller, fulfills some of them and punctures some too.

A funereal opening scene is followed by a rich-boy-meets-not-so-rich girl scene; love blossoms faster than the setting of quick-dry cement, culminating in a marriage. Shades of Thulluvadho Ilamai and Alaipayuthey are impossible to miss in this almost fresh portrayal of adolescent love, punctuated by hilarious sequences and brief dialogues. Aided by a crisp narrative and flashbacks that segue into the present – a la Mani Ratnam’s Aayutha Ezuthu – this is also the best part of the movie.

Expectantly, the matrimony soon encounters choppy waters. The viewer is bombarded with medical terms and explanations about mental disorders planting the first signs of boredom, when the proceedings start meandering. One feels that the director has tried to convey the implications of such revelations, when emotions spiral out of control, as the past merges with the present – in a leisurely manner. The difference is even starker given the breezy first half. Nonetheless, good performances from Dhanush – who seems to be in his element – and Sunder Ramu, who reprise roles similar to that in their earlier outing, Mayakkam Enna, and Shruti Hassan, shore up the latter half. Credit must be given to the director for exploring a novel theme, which suffers due to poor script-writing, not to mention the free-fall to logic at times.

Prabhu, Siva Karthikeyan and Rohini, appear in small roles that carry impact.

And yes, the song Why This Kolaveri Di appears in the movie in a setting far-removed from its YouTube counterpart.

Wish that the movie’s title had a more obvious reference to its storyline.

by Rajagopalan Venkataraman

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