Well to begin with, I walked out of the theatre singing,”Why this kolaveri Da???????” and it was a lot later that I figured why the movie was named 3? And its another fact that my friend slept during the second half. So here is my verdict:
True to its name, the film is about three phases in the life of Ram (Dhanush) and Janani (Shruti Haasan). The movie loops between flashback and the present.
Phase 1: Ram, a school student meets Janani and falls for her and within no time Janani also reciprocates. The first phase is refreshing and lively with realistic incidents like following the girl home on his bike, joining tutions just to see her, phone calls at night, secret tete a tete on the terrace etc. Ram’s friend Kumar played by Siva Karthikeyan is humour personified and manages to keep the audience in splits with his one liners.This phase is the most enjoyable phase in the film as this phase entertains you the most.
Phase 2: Love strengthens between the couple but as usual their parents come in their way.Janani’s parents decide to move to the US and Janani retaliates against her parents by burning her passport and tells them that she loves Ram and wants to live with him. Initially, they oppose, but later they give in after they meet Ram and find out that their daughter is iin safe hands. The two get married in a nightclub and live their dream of living happily ever after. This phase, again, passes off like a breeze.The film sails through smoothly and engages you completely because it is hitherto a roller-coaster ride of emotional ups and downs. The narration is refreshing with the scenes moving back and forth with some suspense thrown in between.
Phase 3: Post interval, the final and third phase starts when Ram suddenly starts having psychological problems. He’s detected with bipolar disorder (!!!), a problem which forces a person to swing between moments of extreme happiness and sadness. Ram’s friend Senthil (Sunder Ramu) tries to help him and gets him treated without the knowledge of his wife. It is wierd given that they are a couple who share a very deep bond, how janani takes so long to realise that something is wrong in their life!So, not only the relationship between him and his wife starts to falter from this point, the film starts to stumble too.
The film now takes the typical psychological thriller route from that point and one will tend to lose his interest from this point on because it becomes too predictable. The screenplay starts dragging lot and starts boring you. You have B Grade graphics being thrown in to make the audience understand that Ram is hallucinating ang that he is on the brink of suicide.The only consolation in this phase is ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ song and its simple and no nonsensical picturisation. You will like the song but not the phase.
The ending is very predictable. The message that comes after the ending (about suicide) will add to your dislike.
Ram is tailor-made for Dhanush and the National award winning actor once again proves that he is one of the finest actors in South India. His acting is natural and subtle. His body language and voice modulation are fantastic too. His commitment to the film is so high that one feels that all his hard work has been let down by a half-baked script, particularly in the second half.
Shruti Hassan has improved a lot since her last outing in ’7am Arivu’ and impresses as a caring and confused wife.But its irritating when she starts smiling in each scene and bursts out crying in the end of that scene. And mind you not tears, but loud wails!! Sunder Ramu has done his later part to perfection but his physique didn’t blend well in the initial phase. Veteran actor Prabhu as Ram’s father has given a subtle performance with good support from other senior artists like Rohini and Bhanupriya.
The film is technically very rich with awesome sound clarity made possible by Oscar winner Resul Pookutty. The songs are the soul to this film and are perfectly in sync with the scenes and have been shot well. Anirudh Ravichander proves that he is not a one-song wonder kid and impresses with the background music particularly in the light-hearted moments.
Overall, ’3′ fails to meet the expectations and works only in parts. Newcomer Aishwarya shows promise by taking a serious subject in her very first film and if she dared to think a little differently instead of walking on the beaten track, she would have triumphed here.
I would suggest you to give the theatrical watch a miss and wait for the DVD instead.
P.S- Look out for the Dhanush who looks neat in a suit and for the really cute first half of the movie 🙂