Movie: Abhiyum Naanum
Cast: Trisha, Prakashraj
Duet Movies is one of the rarest breeds of production houses which intend to celebrate cinema as they proclaim. They fulfil their promise time and again with quality products like “Mozhi”, “Vellithirai” and their latest offering is Radhamohan’s “Abhiyum Naanum”.
The film begins and unravels as a partial autobiography of Raghuram, a sexagenarian, an estate owner in Ooty. He soliloquises his love and care for his daughter Abhi and their story of bonding. He cherishes every moment of his daughter’s childhood and narrates how he reacted to the various stages of natural metamorphosis his daughter underwent. Every frame speaks about the sincerity of the maker, his love for cinema and the subject he deals with.
The embarrassing moments of Raghuram when his daughter is admitted for schooling, his pride for his ’samaritan’ daughter, his concealed unhappiness when she protests his overprotective nature, his disagreement with her love affair and his coming to terms with her crucial decision have been shot with utmost realism and poignancy well blended with enjoyable humour: Considerable credit must go to Prakashraj for his versatile portrayal of Raghuram. The first half unwinds rapidly with very little story left to narrate in the other one. As expected, the film sags in the second half but Radhamohan’s diligence makes up for it as the film peters towards the end; very satisfying and emotional.
Preetha’s camerawork is commendable, encompassing vibrant locales of the hills, while Vidyasagar falls short of expectations with his “Mozhi” lingering in your minds even now. Trisha eases into the role of Abhi and comes out flawlessly, while Thalaivaasal Vijay, Ganesh Venkatram, Aishwarya execute their cameos with maturity. The character of Ravi Shastri tickles your funny bone every now and then, and his attachment with the family is emotionally vehement. With family values eroding rapidly in the present day of material world, Abhiyum Naanum, though preachy at times, is a welcome arrival and undeniably, a must-watch for the entire family.
P. JEEVA, III Year, EEE, Sri Sai Ram Engineering College
DADDY THE DEAREST!
The Radhamohan and duet movies combination left us astonished after their silence in “Mozhi” and this time they speak a lot, but it’s our turn to be silent and stunned! Abhiyum Naanum is a movie which brings out the love between a father and a daughter. The story begins with Raghuram (Prakash Raj) narrating a story about his daughter Abhi (Trisha), who is the apple of his eye to Prithviraj a young father. Set behind the greens of Munnar, the story is a pleasant ride, which takes us through the life of Raghuram and Abhi and for many a rewind or forward button in life! Raghuram cherishes every moment with his daughter and his small world revolves around her! A shock for him comes when she first goes to school, leaving tears in his eyes! As Abhi grows older he refuses to grow with her and no wonder when Abhi confesses about her love he finds it unacceptable! Later how the father accepts reality and what happens to daddy’s girl forms the rest of the plot.
The first plus of the movie is that in kollywod there is only one Abhiyum naanum, no reminiscent from anywhere, maybe except in our lives! It’s no surprise to us that Prakashraj has performed well, but this time he has outdone himself in most of the scenes! He has completely given life to the movie! All the characters in the movie are totally natural adding beauty to the already lovely movie! Trisha looks young and beautiful as ever and has done her character without the slightest exaggeration and after seeing the movie one feels that Trisha should choose more characters in which she can use her full potential! There is no lack for humor in the movie and thanks to Prakash raj and Kumaravel the audiences are rolling on the floor half the time! Especially the comedy when Prakash Raj tries to fit in with Joghi’s family is just amazing!
Radhamohan’s direction is remarkable, and the way simple things in life seem so good on screen is amazing! Also he is an example to upcoming and established directors that one can make a heavenly movie without glamour or violence or too much of lament! The music has not given anything to the movie, and with more soothing tunes the movie would have been even better. Abhiyum Naanum is a totally mushy sentimental movie in its own way, but no compromise on humor or fun! So much about love has been told and heard, but this love between a father and a girl, the most ignored form of love I should say has been told correctly only this time! This movie is a must watch for everyone and will be a onetime experience for the daddy’s and their girls out there!
NANDHITHA HARIHARAN, Std X, Chettinad Vidyashram
Dont miss it!
The title of the film is apt and appealing to the story line of the film, the story starts in a narrative style; a loving dad (prakashraj) starts to tell his sweet memories with his daughter (Trisha).
Shot in the scenic places of munnar and ooty, Abhiyum Naanum has a very good piece of cinematography and some cool locations. The main theme “as child grows, parents must grow too” is perfectly shown in the film. Prakashraj is well portrayed as a caring dad, and he excels in all the scenes expressing the emotions very aptly. He wants abhi to be with him under his love and care all the time, but when she grows up and falls in love another guy he can’t accept his kid being loved by another person (though he is very good). A kind of possessiveness with his daughter is excellently portrayed, the scene were abhi takes her dad out in the midnight to a lake in a full moon day and wishes him a happy birthday is very classic and touchy(had tears in my eyes).
Director Radha Mohan is back after the success of “mozhi”, this film also has the same slapstick comedy treatment as in “mozhi”. Aishwarya after a long time has a good role to perform; Trisha dons the girl next door image with ease. The role of”RAVI SHASTRI” is very touchy and emotional. The film doesn’t have big twists and turns, but has its own way of keeping the audience seated. Its very heart warming that these kinda of feel good films are coming their way to Tamil industry.
Bottom line:Emotional drama worth watching, all dad’s and kid’s don’t miss it.
ASWIN KUMAR. P, III Year (CSE), DMICE
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