Yeto Vellipoyindi Manasu: A complex romantic drama
Directed by film maker Puri Jagannadh the film has music by ace composer Illayaraja.
If you discover Yeto Vellipoyindi Manasu to be your-kind-of-film, you will find it almost flawless otherwise, if you are someone who loves a Puri Jagannadh film making, you will not like the fact that Nani doesn't overpower the heroine every time she acts stupid.
To be fair to Gautham Menon, he has delivered a realistic conversational love story.
However, it is the classy act of both Samantha and Nani that keeps one glued to the script for more.
It is not a screenplay based film but a dialogue based movie. And certainly the slice of lines that makes the lengthy conversations watchable deserves a big applause.
Varun plays Nani and Nithya potrays the role of Samantha. They have been friends in school and in college without confessing their love for each other until they reach 20. Nithya, though has a mind of her own, comes across as someone who would not like anything else in life except being with Varun.
All along, the guy has enjoyed her presence in his life but one fine day, he realizes that he has forgotten the reality that he is a middle class man who would have to confront Nithya's rich parents sooner or later.
He fears the looming possibility of causing an insult to his doting father by his decision.
He takes a careerist decision at this point, but this ordinary decision of his changes the course of his love life. The rest of the film is about how he tries to convince her about his sincerity, how they break up after Varun's drastic decision to depart from her life and how they patch up after all the difficulties.
Surely, one should go to YVM without expecting the regular drama and song and dance interludes.
A problem with a film like this is that there cannot be much variation between the two halves, yet given a gripping narrative, it could easily be decked up as a worthwhile watch.
Speaking of the pluses, the lead pair thankfully fit the bill perfectly, the situations are unpretentiously realistic, the conversations easily resemble real ones between two average lovers.
The songs are neatly crafted into the narration and the maestro's melodoius score works fine. On the flip side, the unavoidable repetitiousness might tend to seem to be tedious to many. There comes a point when you would want to squeal in disbelief that nobody would take things to the extreme not once or twice but for many times.
Which is why it is essential to see the rifts and patch ups through the eyes of Varun and Nithya, because they are definitely not the routine lovers our films famously portray or we encounter in our lives.
It takes a alot of conviction to weave an uneventful love story. For all the scent of rarity of a story that evolves in three stages, YVM is mundane and there is nothing cinematic about it.
One can some up by saying in the end, such films always work for a minority
If Samantha's maturity as an actor is obvious, Nani's craft is equally brilliant. He is quintessentially natural and is almost impeccable in his acting.
Notedly the way he sings 'Priyatama Neevachata Kushalama' sets the stage for a performance that deserves a big round of applause. Samantha excels by portraying three different body languages.
The rest of the cast, including Krishnudu, do their parts well.
However, Illayaraja's music is not catchy but the songs definitely elevate the mood.