Movie: Neethaane En Ponvasantham
Directed by Gautham Menon
Produced by Reshma Ghatala
Written by Gautham Menon
Star Cast: Jeeva as Raghu, Samantha as Nithya Vasudevan, Santhanam as Prakash, Anupama Kumar
Cinematography: MS. Prabhu, Om Prakash
Editing by Anthony
Studio Photon Kathaas, RS Infotainment
Release date: 14 December 2012
Neethaane En Ponvasantham is a Tamil romance movie written and directed by Gautham Menon, featuring Jeeva and Samantha in the lead roles.
The venture is jointly produced by Gautham Menon‘s Photon Kathaas and RS Infotainment and will have cinematography by MS. Prabhu and Om Prakash.
The film’s score and soundtrack are being composed by Ilaiyaraja. The film was simultaneously shot in Telugu as Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu with actor Nani playing Jeeva‘s role. The film was released worldwide on 14 December 2012 to mixed reviews.
The dimension of love keeps changing as it matures and every individual would have witnessed it as they grow in age.
Gautham Menon has always been proficient in crafting feel-good romantic entertainers that has been evident with his debut film ‘Minnale’, ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’ and ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya’. Although, ‘Romance’ has been the central theme of these films, he has managed to exhibit the different dimensions of love. ‘Neethaane En Ponvasantham’ is yet another avatar of love revolving around Varun (Jeeva) and Nithya Menon (Samantha) from their age of 8 to 24yrs. Over the years, the theme of romance-centric films has captured the interests of universal audiences.
The problem with Neethaane En Ponvasantham is the fallible writing. The concept is perfect as it kindles the emotions of love, especially during the second hour, but its erroneous screenplay and flimsy dialogues that spoil everything.
While a film is conceptualized with a wafer-thin story line it is obviously the engrossing screenplay that would keep the audiences intact. The film is lengthy in parts with the first half running to 90 minutes and except for Santhanam, it doesn’t contain anything impressive. Well, Jiiva as usual walks away with winning laurels with his naturalistic performance and it’s a great re-launch of Samantha in Kollywood (although her debut film was ‘Baana Kaathadi’, it wasn’t a success). Of course, female lead roles have a strong characterization in Gautham Menon films and so is Nithya Menon. Every actor in the film has excelled in their roles. Actor Raghavendra as Jeeva’s father is brilliant.
The portions involving Jeeva and his family have been very well captured. Thanks to Gautham Menon’s special affinity towards his family as the moments are so realistic.
The momentum picks up soon after the intermission as Jeeva goes in search of Samantha to Kerala (resemblance of VTV again). The egoistic clash between Jeeva and Samantha before intermission is surpassing as the actors perform without a single cut. Kudos to the cinematographer for his crane shots and Ilayaraja’s background score.
Ilayaraja has strained a lot over his giving grand efforts on background score. Songs are pretty mellisonant, but they test your patience as the tracks keep occurring relentlessly. Gautham Menon always loves capturing the moments between guy and gal walking across the deserted roads, beaches, spending times at coffee shops and kissing. Well, there aren’t steamy scenes in the film, but romance is expressed through it. Samantha’s dialogues ‘I learned two things from You – One is Cricket and other one is …..’ (yes, watch it over the screens). The entire conversation between Jiiva and Samantha during the night before his marriage with another girl is a cherry-pick of this film. Santhanam keeps the film fresh and his spoof on Karthik-Jessie VTV sequences leaves the audiences in complete enthrallment.
Ah! VTV Ganesh saying ‘Inga Enna Solludhu Jenny Jenny nu solludha’ and Santhanam humiliating him is the peak of laughter-riot.
‘Neethaane En Ponvasantham’ is a decent film that will surely attract female audiences, but it could have been better if the screenplay was done in an engaging manner. Since youth groups are not very much adhered to Ilayaraja’s music, it may or may not work out as music was an intriguing part in Gautham Menon’s previous films.
Verdict: Average… Gautham Menon trademark missing.