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Neethaane En Ponvasantham Discussions & Reviews

First Day First Show Neethane En Ponvasantham (FDFS) Review

Neethane En Ponvasantham (NEP) is a love story focusing on the moments from Varun and Nithya's love story spanning 3 phases of their life. Neethane En Ponvasantham is directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon and jointly produced by Photon Kathaas and RS Infotainment. The song tracks by Ilayaraja are already well received.

A lot of things are riding on this movie. This is an important movie for many talented people including Jiiva who is looking for a hit to stabilize his stardom. Gautham Menon's last hit was Vinnaithaandi Varuvaya was almost 3 years ago. Fans are also hoping Ilayaraja's 919th movie will bring him back to working on commercial movies after disassociating himself with popular directors for most part of the last decade.

Story Moments

As Gautham Menon himself revealed in many interviews, there is nothing new about the story. It is just about the little moments in the lives of Varun (Jiiva) and Nithya (Samantha) that is expected to keep you glued to the screen. To keep audience engaged for almost 154 minutes hinging on just moments is not an easy task.

For these moments to sustain the interest, there needs to be at least 4 key things going for it -- relate-able situations, characterization, actor performance and dialogues. Gautham Menon probably gets latter 2 out of these 4 things right. Dialogues are convincing and relate-able in most situations. But, the situations may seem too ordinary and characterizations are not clear since the rationale for why characters behaves the way they do is not clear.

Screenplay and Direction

Gautham Menon decides to narrate the story in a linear fashion. He goes through 4 episodes of Varun and Nithya's life (children, high school, college and work). In all these situations, they break-up due to minor squabbles. It is very clear right from the beginning that the movie's journey is all about finding whether Varun and Nithya will live happily ever after when the credits roll. The story moves at slow place and intentionally at a lower gear for almost 3/4th of the movie. Towards the last 30 minutes, Gautham Menon takes full control over the proceedings and makes you root for the lead pairs intensely. However, it is not convincing how they lose touch completely without any withdrawal symptoms which would have given them the chance to get back together.

We will not reveal whether Varun and Nithya will come together in the end. Given Gautham Menon's track record of not letting the lead pairs live together, the viewers knows very well that the director will be ready to steer the movie in whichever direction he wants without commercial compulsions. The last few reels grabs you by surprise and score high points in mostly uneventful movie.

Jiiva, Samantha and Santhanam

The movie is carried only by the strengths of these 3 characters. Jiiva is as usual performs with any insecurity. Samantha dubs in her own voice and shines with her expressions. Ever-dependable Santhanam enlivens the proceedings whenever he shows up on screen. No doubt, Gautham Menon has extracted great performance from Jiiva and Samantha.

For a movie filled with sweet nothings, Jiiva and Samantha's conviction is commendable. Jiiva comes across as calm, composed, mature and practical. He lives by bullet-list of priorities and makes clear decisions using his brain reasoning out objectively. On the other hand, Samantha is emotional and makes her decision with her heart. She reacts to the situations at the spur-of-the-moment and later regrets her decisions. There are no villains. You hardly ever see the lead pairs' parents. Except for a few friends, there are not many characters in the movie.

Music and Technicalities

Ilaiyaraja has composed 8 tracks in total. Except for the 'pudikale maamu', rest of the songs come in multiple parts throughout the movie making it a full-fledged musical movie. The background tracks are also mostly borrowed from the interludes in the songs, which work well. Cinematography is subdued and employs long wide shots for critical scenes with mixed results.

The editing by Antony in the last 30 minutes is noteworthy when scenes reminiscing the past is well blended with flash-cuts. There are no fight situations and no foreign location songs. Not much work for art director with most of the scenes shot in candid locations. There are also no big sets erected for songs. Except for the opening title song and cultural scenes, dance choreographer doesn't have much work in this movie. Gautham has given the stunt department a rain-check.


The story drags and the moments are too pedestrian. The movie should be crisper by at least 20 minutes. For a movie riding on 3 characters, the characterization should be stronger. It is unclear why the director decided to shoot so many important scenes without any cuts and in wide range. This makes you think whether the dialogues were actually written after the shots were actually picturized.

The dubbing choices may come in for question. Samantha dubs in her own voice and may evoke mixed reactions from public. Varun's father, Ravi Raghavendar's distinctively recognizable voice, is not capitalized with his voice dubbed by a voice artist. Gautham Menon himself sings a lengthy portion of "Neethane en ponvasantham" song in college culturals when Varun first meets Nithya. Again, Gautham's voice is a distraction and takes the focus away from the beauty of the moment.


Most of the audience may find it difficult to get immersed in these undramatic moments, they will find the movie lengthy and pointless. For a section of audience who considers Vinnaithandi Varuvaya is an all-time classic, they will not complain about this movie.

Gautham Menon has taken a huge gamble by releasing a soft romance story in between a heavily crowded release season. The box office success of this movie is will dependent on the success of Kumki and how aggressively the long line-up of movies will try to grab "Neethane En Ponvasantham" screens from next week.

Rating  - 3/5

Edited by Ravi. - 13 December 2012 at 11:12pm

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sahi. IF-Sizzlerz

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Raviyin Review Vilaiyaadal of Neethaane En Ponvasantham 

Neethaane En Ponvasantham is a romantic film which has been directed by the daddy of romance Gautham Vasudev Menon and It starred Jiva and Samantha in the lead role and Santhnam and Jenny is acting in an important role so basically the film is around these 4 characters. Music by Ilayaraja, Editing by Anthony and Cinematography by M.S.Prabhu and Om Prakash. 

Basically Neethaane En Ponvasantham starts out with pidikala mama with  (Jiva) and Prakash (Santhanam) then they going to college competetion then Varun meets his ex lover (Nithya) then comes their moments which comes during their childhood and School life. During the school days they both the Varun and Nithya  fall in love and then they break up. Then the flashback is over and comes to their  college life movements at 20 years old again they fall in love and before the intermission they break up and later half is about their life at age 24 years. Rest of the story is about Will Nithya and Varum marries each other or they seperate or not is the rest of the story is about? 

Jiiva - he shows the variation of youngster, responsible guy so on he is very apt for this role this role in Neethaane En Ponvasantha is apt for Jiva we can't think anyone on his role because he gave his life to this role. He is just wonderful in romance portion he is great as a responsible person and he represent every youngster in the responsible part. jiva is rocking as a angry youngster he is brilliant. No words to describe about Jivaa he is one of the finest actors in tamil cinema.

Samantha - I never impress with Samantha acting I didn't see her Yee Maye Chesave but in NEP she is just rocking and she dominates Jiva in some scenes. Glad that she gave her own voice thats why we could feel her character. If asual Gautham Menon gave Chinmayi voice for Samantha as some point we will feel irritating thankfully Samantha gave her own voice. When Samantha cries it is a big treat LOL This is Samantha best movies in Tamil and she lives as Nithya in Neethaane En Ponvasantham. 

Santhanam - He is just rocking as usual but in this film he is coming as a main character. In sppof of VTV which comes after interval his love and Jenny love is rocking and it gave a laugh riot to the audience. Bt Santhanam could have get more scenes still he is rocking. 

Ravi Raghavendra - He is good in his acting but why a dubibng voice he could have given his own voice then the character would be more powerful. 

Jenny - Her comedy is absolutely brillain she gave an cute performance. 

Analysis - Positives and Negatives

Direction/ Story/ Screenplay - Gautham Menon has choose a simple storyline like basically the story is about the moments in Nithya and Varun life he choose a simple story and acheives his best. All the stages of their life is very intersting and unique in no stages we won't feel bore as Gautham Menon screenplay is very classy and best.His screenplay was slow but what I have to says is for this film slow screenplay has been works a lot if he done the screeenplay in a very fast way what will happen is the movie will finishing in a rush and it can turns into a disaster. So slow narration and scrreenplay are the best for Neethaane En Ponvasantham. His direction was very unique as each and every frame is ery different. Interval portion frames of Varun and Nithya has been wonderful and it looks somewhat different also. His thinking level also in Neethaane En Ponvasantham was very different as all the songs like Kaatrai Koncham, Satrun Munbu, Pengal Ynedrall, Ennodu Vaa comes together withouts a break which was very different I never seen this in any of the film. Hats of too Gautham Menon for this Unique movie. 

Music/ Re-Recording/ Picturization - Ilayaraja songs has been the best every songs are close to heart. Some songs like Ennodu Vaa Vaa and Kaatrai Koncham was slow and somewhat boring but Gautham Menon picturization of the songs have make those very beauatiful. Re-recording of the songs are good has this time Ilayraja RR is very different as he use the songs has the RR which is very good and in some scene . Love failure songs like Pengal Yendral, Satru Munbu, touch many youngsters heart even all the lovers very touchy songs Ilayaraja songs and picturization of those two are treat to watch even every songs are beautiful picturization. Vaanam Mella songs which was sung by Ilayaraaaj was good and it is the picturization of Varun and Nitya when they were 8 years old it was so cute picturization and also beautfiul. 

Cinematography - is very fresh and very cool to watch but some panning shots is somewhat distraction but that's not at all issue because those shots brings the audience traveles into the film so Cinematogrpahy is a huge assets for Neethaane En Ponvasantham.

Editing - Some scenes we feel it is very lengthy his editing is very slick and beautiful but if he reduce some of those edit the film would be more engaging still it is engaging though. 

Favourite Scenes - After Jiva brother marriage has been stoped Jiva realize and he decide to be very responsible and avoid Samantha that is very rustly and realistic. After the intermission nearly 5 minutes there will be scene of Santhanam and Jenny they will fall in love and it is a spoof of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya that is the best scene and very funny like Santhanm will touch Jenny fet that was too hilarious. Another Favourite scene was interval block has seperation of Jeeva and Samantha and their reason and why they are seperating are way too good and in that scene those people who are in love damn sure that they will cry in those scene as it touches everyone heart that scene. Another one is after intermission Jiva decides to meet Samantha then when they both meet and Samantha Expression and Jeeva Expressions are a killer expression must watch scene. Then the climax 30 minutes which are treat to watch in the climax lovers defiently will cry for the scene as it says this is lovers film and also Jiva and Samantha confusions in climax are treat to watch. Even many scenes are my favourite i didn't mention but each and every scene from Neethaane En Ponvasantahm is a art and it is youngsters stories. 

Minus / Suggestion

What i feel minus are very few first one is Jiva dad Ravi Raghavendra has why they have given a dub voice for him as I mention earlier. 

Other minus is there could have been more of Santhanam scenes and more of romanctic scenes but also there are many seperation scenes that in somepoint little bit of tired but not that much big issue. 

Then the other minus it is not minus it is a suggestion I am giving to the so called audience as when watching Neethaane En Ponvasantham one thing you have to concentrate is you have to be very patient as the film is lengthy and slow so you have to patience on watching the film then only you can feel the art and beautiful poet in Neethaane En Ponvasantham. There is no masala scenes in Neethaaane En Ponvasantham but each and every scene are very romanctic, realisic. So try to be patience while watching the film.


Neethaane En Ponvasantham tag line is It could be your love story but the answer while we finish the movie yes this is our story. What I finally say is Neethaane En Ponvasantham is not at all movies it a lesson which Gautham Menon teaches to every youngster who are in love. Their Happiness, Anger, Moments, Sadness, Funniest movements each and every moments somehow lovers face these movements in their life's. Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya is ahead of Neethaane En Ponvasantham by 2% stills Neethaane En Ponvasantham is not lesser and it almost eqauls Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya.Thanks you Gautham Menon for giving a wonderful movie to us we owe you a lot for giving a such a beuatiful poet Neethaane En Ponvasantham Thanks a lot. Finally Neethaane En Ponvasantham remains in my all time favourite movies list. Thanks a lot Gautham Vasudev Menon once again.

Verdict : NEP is our love story the film which no one should not missed it is a must watch film to avoid our mistakes. 

Rating : 9.5/10 

Edited by Ravi. - 16 December 2012 at 8:39pm

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Roshini1494 IF-Stunnerz

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It will mostly get mixed reviews...the movie is nt tht much different and all...but a love story in real...

u can watch it for samantha's looks, jeeva-samantha chemistry and santhanam's classic comedies..Embarrassed
first half is good but they dragged the second part especially the ending Sleepy

seriously u can't take ur eyes of samantha Day DreamingBlushing  no wonder gautham makes his heroine look so beautiful...but samantha looks even more pretty...after kaka kaka jyo.. Heart i fell in love with samantha in this movie again Embarrassed
Cinematography is awesome compared to vtv...Embarrassed

and varun-nithya beat the number of kisses of karthik-jessie ROFLBlushing
Movie is one time watch Embarrassed and Ilaiyaraja's music goes well with the movie...Thumbs Up

love+friendship+ misunderstanding+carrier+breakup+family problems+ possessiveness + so on between varun & nithya + santhanam's classic oneliners = NEPV Cool

watch it once...u vl love it Embarrassed 

Edited by Roshini1494 - 14 December 2012 at 12:34pm

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krithikas IF-Sizzlerz

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Atlast the D day has arrived..

NEP songs already rocking..

Giutham's movies always a classy ..

Jiva Samantha jodi looks cute too.

Cant wait for the release..

Expecting your review Ravi..

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.LovelyDreamer. IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 9:37am | IP Logged
hmm...enakku avvaava oru expectation illle...
dunnoe y...but sure will watch it for Gautham and Jeeva and also for Shantanam and Maestro...
love the songs too...Sayndhu Sayndhu is a soothing song and  nice to listen to it...

Thanks for sharing dear bro...

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paviluvsvirika Goldie

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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 1:44pm | IP Logged
waiting for it
i saw one or 2 scenes in the trailer it was funny especially when they were in the cinema

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paviluvsvirika Goldie

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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 1:55pm | IP Logged
varun(jiva) tries to serenade his lover nithya(samantha)with a classical song from the movie ninaivellam nithya
nithya plays a school girl and they both fall in love and later end up with a break up

varun meets nithya during college after 3 years and tries to patch with singing the song for her.

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sahi. IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 10 December 2012 at 3:05pm | IP Logged

I watched Gautham Explanation about Neethaane En Ponvasantham last week what he said was first the film begins with a culturals competetion then he tries to impress Samantha after that their young age portion will come in the flashback till their break up. Then the rest half is about college love and who they marries. The concept is pretty interesting though..

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