Lots of expectations for 3 and the reason as the reason is well known for its ‘Kolaveri’ factor. The song took its place at global records gaining lots of attractions for the movie. But we could hear the makers constantly mentioning that there’s going to be lot more than the song in this film. Of course, you’ll realize as and when you are watching it. The film is an emotional ride that instantly lets us go through the same feelings just like the onscreen characters.
‘3’ is specifically about protagonist Ram (Dhanush) and his life taking a lots of turn during the course of 10 years in his love, family and personal front. Holding a tenuous plot of backdrop, it’s obvious that the entire idea belongs to Dhanush and not Aishwarya as it sticks into the box of Selvaraghavan’s style.
It’s a funeral of someone and we find dolly-shot across the prime characters (Prabhu, Banupriya, Rohini and finally Shruthi Hassan). It’s a transition between present and flashbacks as Shruthi has glimpses on her schooldays, where her love blossomed with Ram (Dhanush). It’s a prototyped tale of love boy falling in love at first sight and their journey towards marriage amidst of hurdles.
When you feel everything is well between Ram and Janani, the actual crisis opens up with unexpected twists and turns in the tale.
To start off with, we bring out the plus and minus in simple terms that will let you easily decide on the film’s status.
Plus: The concept has been never touched by anyone before. Of course, lots of movies based on multi-personality have been made, but not on bipolar disorder.
Minus: If this was the concept, Aishwarya Dhanush should have focused into it and justified it.
On the performance level, Dhanush has just replicated his most favourite part of psychotic acts, which has been in his fast-flowing style from his magnum opus Kadhal Kondein. But he has shown his ability to change his body language with different shades. Be it the innocent school boy, a teenage youngster and a depressed, he excels with his surpassing performance. Shruthi Hassan gets a meaty role and scores brownie points. Watch out for her performance while professing her love to Dhanush at her house gate. Her desolated lamentations right from the first frame missing her husband melts our hearts. The onscreen chemistry of Dhanush and Shruthi Hassan is at its finest beauty.
Watch out for the lines uttered by Dhanush – ‘Unna Naan Kashtapadutha Maatta, Yaarayum Kashtapadutha vida maatta.’ It has lots of significance to the script including the climax, where we realize it.
Sundar of Mayakkam Enna fame remains over the top with his performance level with his best performances in the second half. Shiva Karthikeyan keeps us entertained with his comedy tracks, but disappears suddenly. Prabhu lives under the skin of his characterization of dream father while Banupriya and Rohini have done their parts with good efforts. The young little girl playing Shruthi Hassan’s deaf sister is stupendous. She lets us awestruck with her act while speaking for the first time in life requesting her parents to get her sister married.
Anirudh’s background score is just beautiful as it keeps us emotionally bounded towards the script. Every song in the film is pictured with excellence and Why This Kolaveri serves a big treat with the choreography. It’s worth mentioning that the song happens to be an important twist in the tale, where the hidden colour of Dhanush is revealed.
Tons of appreciations to the Dhanush & Aishwarya for conceptualizing the theme of bipolar disorder... But it could have been better if the director had paid more attention to the development of this syndrome with the characterization of Ram.
What works: Dhanush, Shruthi Hassan, Sundar, musical score by Anirudh, action sequence, climax
What doesn’t work: Dragging scenes in second half, the theme of bipolar disorder could have been shown well to the audiences, etc
Verdict: Good Attempt, but could have been better.
Review by Richard Mahesh