Yuvan Yuvathi Movie Review
Cast: Bharath, Reema Kallingal, Sampath, Santhanam
Direction: GNR Kumaravelan
Music: Vijay Antony
After a long time, Bharath has had a solo-starrer releasing in ‘Yuvan Yuvathi’. The actor had his ‘Vaanam’ co-starring Simbu releasing a few months back but was on record saying that he had been ‘duped’ by Simbu and the producer didn’t show his face never once during the publicity campaign prior to the release of the film.
Kathirvel Murugan (Bharath) who is simply Kathir to his friends is an IT professional from Chennai. His father Sevaga Pandian (Sampath) is a ruthless money-lender and a powerful local leader back home in Uslampatti. Kathir, itching to avoid a marriage fixed by his father without his consent, wants to immigrate to U.S.
Accidentally (as it always happens in movies), Kathir bumps into Nisha (Rima Kallingal) at the U.S. consulate in Chennai while waiting to get his own visa stamped. Predictably, they start off as enemies but soon become ‘very good’ friends.
Kathir falls in love with Nisha even as he tries to escape from his father who has fixed a High Court Judge’s daughter as his bride. To his horror, Kathir finds that Nisha was proceeding to U.S. to get married. Twist in the story! One is dying to stay away from marriage and another is about to get into the wedlock and traveling in the same plane! Interesting, you might think.
Unfortunately, the interesting aspect ends here, as the director chooses to present the rest of the story in a clichéd manner. The predictable climax makes Kathir and Nisha unite with the blessings of Kathir’s father.
Director GNR Kumaravel (GNRK) didn’t sweat much for the content. The basic knot (meeting of two with diametrically opposite goals) is interesting but the script to develop this knot is highly disappointing. The director fills the script with predictable turns and twists and even dialogues. Each and every sequence keeps on remind the viewers of something that’s been already seen and heard.
GNR Kumaravelan and cameraman Jagadeeswaran have made enormous efforts to bring on screen the captivating, scintillating and breath-taking locales of Seychelles which stay in the memory.
The saddest part of the script is that there is a sense of déjà vu about everything.
Writer S. Ramakrishnan’s story has got an interesting knot but his dialogues are pretty ordinary.
Bharath eases into his role of a love-struck youth with minimum effort but is let down by a shoddy script. He looks savvy and fits into the role of today’s metropolitan youngster perfectly. But we have seen him in similar roles in many films.
Rima Kallingal, a popular star in Mollywood, makes her first appearance on screen in Tamil. She looks pretty but has miles to go to learn the nuances of emoting on-screen.
Playing a powerful rich man with a lot of ego is a cakewalk for Sampath.
Comedy sequences of Santhanam, Krishna and Sathyan are the only relief. Santhanam in particular makes you sit. The cliché ridden movie would have been a disaster if Santhanam is not there.
Music director Vijay Antony appears to be completely out of form akin to the Indian cricket team’s dismal batting display in the just-concluded Test series in England. He has done well in patches, again like the Indian team in England.
Storyline, dialogues, cinematography, and comedy.
Clichéd script and predictable twists.
Yuvan Yuvathi could have been a better film had the director thought of some new scenes to tell the story.
Yuvan Yuvathi: Déjà vu