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Posted: 13 April 2007 at 6:41am | IP Logged

Unnale Unnale..

We go to the movies to laugh, cry and be entertained. The movies are forever, everything else can wait. Jeeva's Unnale Unnale reinforces this faith. Count among the high points- Sada's possessive stubborn woman act, Harris Jayaraj's chic music including the haunting title track and background score and Jeeva's winsome dialogues. Employing a Dil Chahta Hai-esque feel, this film is a visual accomplishment. The cameraman in Jeeva has created an array of breathtaking images of yuppie centric Melbourne.
Unnale Unnale
is an urban romantic fun film that explores love from a slightly realistic and different point of view. The movie does not have clichd characters nor the typical masalas associated with Tamil films and is packaged in Bollywood style. Though some of the scenes are straight lifts from various Hollywood and Bollywood films, director Jeeva has succeeded in bringing out brilliant performances from his lead actors and presenting the film in a chic and sophisticated manner.
Karthik (Vinay) a software engineer is a fun loving and a playful lamb who flirts with every second girl who crosses his path. He is sent on work to Melbourne where he meets his ex-lover Jhansi (Sada). They had fallen in love with each other in Chennai but had drifted away when they found that they are not made for each other. Jhansi is also an extremely possessive, always suspicious introvert, basically old fashioned. And there is this bubbly girl Deepika (Tanisha) whom Karthi meets on the flight to Australia who plays cupid after realizing how deeply they still love each other. But Deepika slowly falls in love with him, complicating matters. The stubborn and at the same time lovelorn Jhansi is not willing to open up and sort out issues and her hidden fears makes things worse. Do the mismatched lovers unite?
There is no room for predictability in Jeeva's script and he has shown love happening between the characters as a gradual process over a period of time. This modern love story explores relationship with class and maturity punctuated with light humour that really lifts up the movie in the first half. The interaction between Karthi and Jhansi in India and Melbourne are a pure delight to watch. In the second half, things begin to cool down and the pace drops a bit, but still the packaging leaves an impact, thanks to the hummable tunes, brilliant camera work and freshness in cast.
Full marks to Harris Jeyaraj for the songs especially the "Unnale Unnale…", "June Pona…" and the background score which stays long after you leave the hall. They are picturised aesthetically in never-seen-before locations with utmost care going into details. Jeeva who has handled the camera has done a great job. Each frame of the film is picture-perfect and looks like a dream.
Newboy Vinay is literally the tallest hero (6ft 3in) is handsome with a winsome smile. He fits the character of Karthik, the smooth talking city boy and has the much required screen presence. But he has to brush up his dialogue delivery as he has the potential to be a star. However it is Sada who steals the show as the no-nonsense, level headed, self-centered working woman of today, who knows what she wants in life. Jeeva has given her a matured bespectacled look (a la Preity Zinta in Kal Ho Naa Ho?) with western outfits. She brings the credibility, sensitivity and vulnerability to her character with the mien of a veteran.
Tanisha suits the role of Deepika to the T. She is sassy, gentle and looks glamorous and has been able to bring the zingy mix of her character alive with style and substance. You cannot mention just how luminous the two girls look on screen with perfect costumes that go with the story milieu. All credit to Aneez, the costume designer, that you just cannot take your eyes off the lead actors. Raju Sundaram and Sreenath provide humour and wacky one-liners in the first and latter half respectively.
Anyone (which means almost everyone) who has loved and lost will recognize that Unnale Unnale is a bitter sweet valentine to unrequited love. It is a feel-good love story which will surely appeal to urban audiences and youth. Go for it, and chill out in cool Melbourne, a welcome relief from Kollywood's current favourite location- Madurai and its dry arid lands.
Verdict: Minty cool

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Thank you Rhodes for the fantastic review. Will definitely look out for it here.

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thank you rhodes for that review. UU is on my top must see list now. it looks like a refreshing love story. i like love stories, too bad now tamil cinema is saturated with heavy masala films.CryCry

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Clap Clap cant wait 2 c da movie thx buddy 4 da review

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Originally posted by jigglypuff726

thank you rhodes for that review. UU is on my top must see list now. it looks like a refreshing love story. i like love stories, too bad now tamil cinema is saturated with heavy masala films.CryCry

jiggly dear..i thought you would be happy to see sada....(Hope u like sada very much)....Hope you had nice time reading this and seeing sada...pretty.



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Originally posted by rhodes

Originally posted by jigglypuff726

thank you rhodes for that review. UU is on my top must see list now. it looks like a refreshing love story. i like love stories, too bad now tamil cinema is saturated with heavy masala films.CryCry

jiggly dear..i thought you would be happy to see sada....(Hope u like sada very much)....Hope you had nice time reading this and seeing sada...pretty.

thanks rhodes, i am really happy to read that sada did a great job in this film. i watched some clips of Unnale Unnale on sun tv yesterday.Smile sada looks fresh & convincing. she also shares good chemistry with vinay. they make a cute couple.EmbarrassedEmbarrassed anyways, thanks again for that compliment.Big smile

btw, i found this trailer of Unnale Unnale on Youtube.Big smile

it's short & sweet. vinay looks cute, sada looks pretty & tanisha is so cute too.Smile i like the specs look that sada has been given in this film. it reminds of of preity zinta in Kal Ho Na Ho.Wink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_46q2ULUGSg



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Review :

Mayakannadi




Director
Cheran
Producer
Chellamaii Celluloid
Music
Ilayaraja
Cast
Cheran, Navya, Radha Ravi


By Moviebuzz


We wish that Cheran had whipped up a more winsome screenplay with Mayakannadi on middle class dreams turning sour due to lack of commitment. It's nowhere in the league of the talented director's previous works like Autograph or Thavamai Thavamirunthu.
Here Cheran has tried to prove that he can be a romantic hero, a city slicker in designer outfits, straightened hair and singing duets (with blonde wigs) in a dream song Azhagu Rani…. in lush locales of Switzerland and Venice and that dance number Oyeale Yenga Vantha…. He moves away from his core strengths - human emotions, nostalgia and soft romance to a more direct up-market approach to woo the multiplex audience but falters!

Kumar (Cheran) an expert hair stylist and Maheswari (Navya) are lovers who work in Adam and Eve adjacent beauty parlour for men and women owned by Tirupathi (Radha Ravi). They are from lower middle class background but are smitten by the rich and famous who come to their parlour. The lovers dream to make it big one day, be rich and lead a good life. They try out various get-rich overnight short-cut routes like being LIC agents and finally Kumar decides to join films after meeting actor Sarathkumar (in a cameo) who says that if the right script comes even "Kumar can be a hero!"

Greed and aspiration forces Kumar to chase his dream and in the race he loses the job at the parlour. He tries hard with full support from Maheswari but ends up working for Arasu a sophisticated, aristocratic rich man and a shrewd businessman dealing in drugs. Kumar ends up in jail and after three years he is a changed man.

The first half has some lighter moments, the way liberalization has brought all pervading consumerism into the life of the lower middle class in our society. The greed to achieve all the latest gizmos and how the young generation are forgetting their roots, chasing their impossible dreams has been well told. The basic plot of the film is taken from an 80's Malayalam film Akkare starring 'Bharath' Gopi and Madhavi.

Cheran's intentions are noble but the execution has gone wrong as the love scenes between the lead pair, the jail episode and a song plus Radha Ravi's lengthy speech in the climax- all tests your patience as the film runs for nearly 3 hours! Were editors Iyyappan & Rama Rao sleeping? However, the silver lining are Dwaraknath's camera and Ilayaraja's hummable songs.

Cheran's message-The road to success is full of hardships and it does not come in a day. It's better to be the number one at what you are, rather than aspiring to be someone else! After seeing the film, we hope that the director applies this message in his life by sticking to his core strength of direction rather than dabble in roles that just do not suit him.

Verdict: Average



Edited by meli - 15 April 2007 at 12:23pm

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Thanks very much Meli... Clap Clap
yep..the city boy look doesnt suit Cheran that apt...
May be he has just given a try..but ofcourse its an expensive try...

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