Engeyum Eppothum Movie Review
Cast: Jai, Anjali, Shravanand, Ananya
Direction: M. Saravanan
Production: A R Murugadoss, Fox Star Studios
Engaeyum Eppothum marks the entry of M. Saravanan as director and A.R. Murugadoss as producer. Murugadoss who is co-producing this film in association with Fox Star Studios, has give a chance to young Saravanan to make an engaging film and the youngster has utilized this opportunity well.
Engaeyum Eppothum is a journey of sorts. First we have two physical journeys in two directions – a bus going to Trichi from Chennai and another one from Trichi to Chennai. We have two sets of passengers belonging to various sections with varied dreams, pleasures, pains and plans. Their past lives become the journeys within the journey.
The movie, that travels mostly through flashback tells you the love stories of two pairs: Kathiresan (Jai) and Manimegalai (Anjali) and Vinay (Saravanandh) and Amudha (Ananya).
Jai, working in a factory as a technician, develops passion for his neighbour Manimegalai, who reciprocates his feelings positively. But Manimegalai is not your typical romantic girl who would feel shy and get into romantic mood at the drop hat. She is a practical and dominant character. She is very particular that their married life should be smooth and hence takes all the steps to ensure that in her inimitable way. Finally they decide to get married and board a bus to meet Jai’s parents.
On a different track Amudha seeks the help of a young urban guy Vinay to go to a particular place in Chennai. Amudha, new to the city is full of fears and doubts. Though Vinay finds it difficult to cope with her strange demands he slowly empathizes and decides to help her. He accompanies her to her destination. In the process they develop a fondness. The girl returns to Trichi and Vinay stays in Chennai. After parting, both long to see each other. One fine day both board the bus from their respective places to visit each other to express their feelings.
Three are some more small yet equally interesting tracks involving a newlywed couple, a cook, the old man belonging to Kathiresan’s village, a father returning from abroad after five long years who is yearning to meet his child, Ananya’s sister and the Muslim woman shown to be boarding the bus in-between, make the story very interesting. However an accident shatters all of their dreams ad plans…
Debutant director M. Saravanan has admirably made the story in a gripping manner. He hasn’t restored to melodrama or clichés in portraying the journey and the journeys within the journey. The love affairs have been told in a pleasant manner. The characters are made in a way that we start loving them. When they meet with the accident we feel for them as we do for our close friends and relatives.
Telling the lives of different people gathered in a place with different purposes is nothing new to Tamil cinema but the way Saravanan has told their story is refreshing. The message – awareness about road safety – has been driven home smoothly without getting into preachy mode. The climax is predictable yet appealing. Kudos to the young director.
Jai has perfectly underplayed a character of a shy lover with all hesitations to approach a girl. His body language and dialogue delivery add credibility to the role.
Anjali steals the show with her stunning performance as a dominant girl. She makes her cry when she cries in the climax.
Ananya as a reluctant entrant to the city is fine.
Sarvanand has portrayed the typical city guy with golden heart well.
Others including the sister of Ananya and the newlywed person have done their respective parts quite well.
The director must be credited for making each and everyone deliver credible performance.
Cinematographer Velraj has done a marvelous job in capturing varied emotions like tragedy, ecstacy, and romance through his lenses. The accident scenes have been taken amazingly.
Debutant music director Sathya has given some refreshing tunes in Govinda and Chotta Chotta. His background score fits well with the mood of the film.
Script, acting, cinematography, music, and sensitive approach towards human feelings.
Routine plot and Predictable climax.
Though the film’s basic plot and the culmination are predictable, the engaging script and genuine performances make the movie enjoyable.
Engeyum Eppothum: Refreshing journey with a message