My take on VTV

It is always fun to chase a girl. But the trouble starts when you catch her.

Indian cinema rarely makes movies that don’t edge on fantasy and reality, creating a façade of feel-good, laughs and happy-endings. So, what happens when a movie depicts a woman in all her inherent complexity, shows relationships as they are and leaves it on a note that is satisfying but hurting; the reviews get split right in the middle. I happen to be on the ‘loved-the-movie’ side of the wall.

If I were to compare the stories I know of friend circles and the ones on the mushy movie ‘love-actually’, I would say we have way more mystifying love stories happening all around us. They are far more lovable than what the fairy-tales show to us on screen. But then alaipayuthe happened. Mani Ratnam swooned an after-the-passionate-times part of a relationship to tell us that love alone isn’t enough to make a marriage work. And Gautam Menon, has taken a bolder step to say that a relationship is a series of highs and lows and when one hits the lowest point of a low moment, it can take something as small as a one line sms to break years of work.

Where does VTV claim it all –

* Trisha emotes like a dream.

* Simbu proves he is way more than all the junky cinema he has been part of until now. I might actually be turning into a fan. Did I mention his dialogue delivery is classy? I thought he actually sounded awesome when he said -“it was like a one way ticket to heart-break-city”. Forget all the sounds of jeer in the theater.

* The movie is about love, pain and relationship. But it concentrates on the small moments that you and me have experienced.

* The moments make one experience the ‘butterflies in the stomach’ era of a relationship, literally.

* Women are downright complicated. They can make a guy go weak. The Indian cinema male image with ‘angry-young-amithab’ and ‘style-wooing-rajni’ never go weak on the knees by the lady-love. Karthik does.

* A woman in love can still move on to quarters that make her life simpler and in the bargain more complicated, but simple. Yes. Confusing. GVM depicts it to us on screen as though its effortless to understand a woman.

* The end is haunting. It is ironically the best decision too. Incompatibility is often overshadowed by chemistry. And it has weird ways of showing up. Insecurity, possessiveness and sacrificial lamb feeling. In this regard one might actually feel the ending was perfect.

* Brilliant mind-blowing music by ARR

Where it might have lost it –

* Simbu does the kal ho na ho hand-spreading pose one-too-many times in the movie.

* The boxing scene was unnecessary, but not unbelievable.

* If you can’t relate to Jessie’s complicated character or met one, you have landed yourself in the wrong movie.

* If you are a fan of other GVM movies, you will find a lot of dialogues reused. But then no scene is repetitive. His hero is still mechanical engineer and the lady still loves Mathematics.

My overall verdict is the movie must not be missed by GVM fans, Trisha fans, Simbu fans. Also, don’t miss it, if you believe the love story next door is way more enjoyable than ‘devdas’. Definitely don’t miss it, if you believe that a lost relationship always leaves you bitter-sweet no matter what.

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updated –

Don’t miss  Div Ku’s Prose-like take on VTV here.

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10 thoughts on “My take on VTV

  1. Nice review!

    GVM has portrayed the emotions very well.
    yeah you are abs right. The fascination he has for Mechanical Engineering and a girl who love mathematics continues on et on…

    Probably if you relate to Minnale/VTV and V1000, you can find they are inspired heavily from his real life. If Minnale was all about college/romance ….VTV is more of career/romance.

    It is very intense and I liked the climax. A very pratical unlike the fairy tale endings. The twist is superb..and Simbu has exceedingly done well in the climax.

    Gautham in most of his interiviews said “this movie will be a feel good and you will go back home with a small tear and if it does,he will be happy”.I am very sure he has done it!!

    Nostalgic GVM. Wonder what he has up his sleeve next?

  2. it is the story next door 🙂
    like you said, it is polarizing- you love it cause u understand it or you hate it cause it’s boring or you don’t get it

    glad we were the former.

    “Adellam anubavichirukanum” hugs.

  3. Nice article DD
    I have to agree with you that the beauty of the movie lay in the fact that realism was embedded in almost every character, dialog and scene of the movie. The depth of Simbu and Trisha’s characters and the portrayal of their emotions and the influence of the families is the more love next door story. But what blew my mind was the ending. The juxtaposition of reel and real life and the final burst of the bubble was icing on the cake for me. 🙂

    Tell me about the ending. It threw me off, but I loved it. When you begin to think, he did the usual filmy thing; he gave a great twist.

  4. SANJEEV SEKHAR says:

    DD ! Wonderfull review…..I was struggling to express what this movie meant to me esply to those who dont see themselves or the characters in the movie as some of us have. I think uve put it beautifully and this review is the closest mirror to my thoughts. Your critical points were well founded. But I also strongly believe that the visuals really let down the songs except for VTV theme itself and the fast flirty number ( I always forget the name). Hosannah with the exception of simple stylish steps of Simbu did not match and Aaromale was a complete mismatch. It shudve been a lot darker. My own summary : Beautiful thought provoking nostalgia kindling movie but more so for people whove been in and out of love. It definitely will not have the wide appeal that Alaipayuthey had but it was special.

    Totally agree with the songs not given the picturisation they deserved. ‘kannukul kannai’ is the flirty number. And he pulled the ship from smaiyi-yai song in kandukonden for it.. the snow and all.. none of the visuals except Hosana, made a stamp. Bingo to your summary! Thanks for dropping by

  5. Agnel says:

    Hey Divya, nice post!

    I’m gonna pick a few lines from your post! Would credit you for that.

    Thanks.

    Thankyou. Sure You can quote me! 🙂

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