For the first time we have Prabhu Deva striking a different chord. His previous films ‘Pokkiri’ and illu’ were hardcore masala entertainers. ‘Engeyum Kadhal’ has superfluous romantic appeal without any essence of feeling that is required. Sorry to say! How come the producers of AGS Entertains blindly take up projects even without hearing the scripts? Except few films, most of them are really below average ones. ‘Engeyum Kadhal’ lacks momentum, the romantic feel that is needed desperately for such movies.
Prabhu Deva seems to have been much inspired by those Hindi rom-com flicks that don’t have anything attractive other than the colorful locations, music and adorable star-casts with whom both gender sexes will fall in love for.
11 months of serious business and one month of pleasure makes the life complete and perfect for Kamal (Jeyam Ravi). Then there is Kayalvizhi (Hansika Motwani), a cello player in Paris, who is so romantic and falls in love with him at first sight. But their ideas of ‘Love’ completely differ. Kamal doesn’t bank on commitments as he perceives to be a bigger complication while for Kayalvizhi; it’s a best thing in life. We are left with nothing to proceed with the storyline and that’s it as Prabhu Deva apes SJ Suryah’s introduction of ‘Kushi’.
Love can be defined in various dimensions, but what appeals straight to the heart of masses is the misunderstandings, egoistic clashes, etc, etc… The complete 2.05hours travels on the same storyline. The protagonist enjoys his time luring girls, but hates them say ‘I LOVE YOU’ and the complete second half goes the way of Hansika trying to irritate him with a climax that is so predictable.
Hansika Motwani looks stylish, cute and sensuous, but she scores 1/5 on her performance while Jeyam Ravi doesn’t suit the space of romantic role. Suman is okay and Raju Sundaram trying on comedy is an annoying attempt. It’s puzzling to see why the brothers Prabhu Deva and Raju Sundaram are so concerned about ‘Farting’. Most of their films have comedy based on this clumsy thing as it was in ‘Pokkiri’ and ‘Aegan’.
Harris Jayaraj’s songs are dulcet melodies with ‘Dhimmu Dhimmu’ and ‘Engeyum Kadhal’ turning to be the cherry-picks while cinematography by Nirav Shah is blissful. Choreography for ‘Nangai’ is a special treat for the audiences.
On the whole, ‘Engeyum Kadhal’ doesn’t gratify the taste of audiences and it has fewer chances to survive in box office.
What works: Few portions in second half, Nangai, cinematography, locations, Prakash Raj cameo…What doesn’t work: Performances, Screenplay, background score, Comedy portions…
Verdict: Visual Treat, But Average on whole
Banner: Sun Pictures, AGS Entertainments
Production: Kalanidhi Maaran, Kalpathi S Agoram, Kalpathi S Ganesh, Kalpathi S Suresh
Direction: Prabhu Deva
Star-casts: Jeyam Ravi, Hansika Motwani, Suman and Raju Sundaram
Music: Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography: Nirav Shah
Review by Richard Mahesh
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