Silambarasan has done a fantastic job. This is my second Silambarasan movie and I did not know the man could act so well. He plays a character that shows nervousness, hesitation, and instinctiveness in many wonderful ways. He mouths dialogs that are beautifully written and delivers them in a very convincing way. Agreed that Gautham had a big role to play here by etching out a splendid character. That apart, this is a rare good acting performance in Thamizh cinema. Many great actors would have been proud to have played 'Karthik' as well as Simbu has done it. In the first 30-45 minutes of the movie, you are into his head. You feel what he feels. Like a Vulcan mind blend. Gautham's awesomeness is not just the ability to keep it real but to fuse it with acceptable cinematic moments without seeming artificial. He has this knack of using words that trigger a specific emotion or a thought process that makes our mind feel like its racing through a range of emotions. The interval scene which ends with Trisha silhouette leaves us on an incredible high. Part of it is because of the words Silambarasan uses to seed the emotion in our mind - "what a woman saar ival".
The movie has all the elements of style that sets it a class apart from the run of the mill stuff. The songs, the picturization, choice of locations, Trisha's looks and expressions, her saree selection, her understated expressions, Simbu's shirt choices (I loved the array of checked shirts on display). And the movie is less crowded. Barring a few church scenes most frames had barely 2 to 3 people in them. Every scene is understated, underplayed and emotions are kept on a rigorous check. The movie says less but it makes you feel so much. There is a moment where Trisha asks Simbu in the second half: "It is such a happy moment to run into each other, no?". And for a moment you think Silambarasan is going to reply. His lips seems to be ready to move. But he looks down and then looks up. Does not say a word. But communicates so much. In the first half, all his nervous twitching and pacing down the gate of his house speaks volumes without saying a word.
This movie was poetry. A rare kind of poetry. Typically never found in movies. When 'Kathalukku Mariyadhai' was released, I hated it. I was unable to say why that movie sucked and what could have made it better. A contrast that I found in this movie that made a difference was the shades of gray in Trisha's commitment to the relationship. Both men and women enter a relationships with a significant amount of doubt and double-mindedness. Trisha plays a character who never settles into a steady state. The vicissitudes of her thought process and the fickleness of her resolve cause a degree of uncertainity that adds a very interesting dimension to the movie and probably makes it more in touch with reality. It not only keeps us on our toes but also gives Simbu a chance to react to situations where the 'near' in near-certain asumptions assumes magnified importance and allows for a quick disintergration of the said assumption.
Gautham seems to have found a way to make boy-meets-girl love stories less cliched. A genre that has become jaded because of movies like 'Kaadhalukku Mariyadhai'. He says a similar (certainly not the same) story in a the most mature way imaginable. Movies are meant to be shown this way and stories are meant to be told with this kind of passion and force. I loved the second half as much I loved the first half. The way the story ended made me appreciate the movie even more. It would not have worked with any other ending. I agree with Jessie. I love the pain. Yes! Loved this pain so much.