Normaly one can centralize on something and say this movie is on this.
But’ Engeyum Eppodum’,a Tamil movie produced by director Murugadass of’ Gazini‘ and ‘Ezham Arivu‘ fame,who carved a niche for himself in producing commercial block busters like Shankar of ‘Mudalvan,Endhiran’ fame( who also produced out standing films like ‘Veyyil‘) is a story tenderly rendered with out outrageous mix of false sentiments, yet portrays different aspects of Love at an impressionable age.
The movie, one can say. is about the effects of rash driving,middle /lower middle class approach to Love and life or about those instances of Love one can empathize with.The film is about each one of these yet all of these, such is the narration,interspersed with clean, non-jerky,non-intruding and natural flash backs.
The story is about two pairs of young lovers who in the innocence of youth undergo and do the various enjoyable moments of foolishness,suspicion,mistrust,care,dominating each other and face life on its terms.
The pair of Jai and his heroine essay so effortlessly one really sees young lovers at each other,one trying to to dominate the other by tender care bordering on shrewishness, the other meekly responding to her, all in the game of love.
The other pair involves a more than cautious approach of middle class girl suspicious of people at Chennai,falling in love with out realizing it.
This pair mirrors the characters smoothly.
The approach to the execution of the theme is so refreshing that one really winds back.
Natural and crisply dialogues lend weight to the film.
Such is the detailing of the film ,one who does not know route can follow the Bus route as explained in the film.
The reaction of a lower middle class to hype eat outs and mall culture is portrayed naturally. with out sermonizing.
Subtle prodding at the so called social activists,as in the scene when the girl falls on her own in the street when Jai is with her, a man in black shirt talks about women being ill treated,the practical approach,probably too practical to fall in love, of one of the pairs as in asking the hero to have his HIV test conducted,the poignant call of a child calling its father with out knowing its father is no more, the real life like scenes of Bus travel,Hospital all add to the quality of the film.( by the way why films boldly show Government Buses while do not show real private Bus names, as though former is responsible for all accidents?)
Songs are at best reasonable, but this kind of film does not need songs.
Yet one can not but hum and enjoy ‘Maasama’..Aaru maasama ‘ with shoulder jacking.
Is the Choreographer ’Dhinesh’ who seem to know the knack of using one part of the body or a piece of Lungi to effectively film a song sequence?( remember ’Aadukalam and Maina)
Lighting and photography are pleasing with out making one hunt for a torch to view the film.
Engeyum Eppodum( everywhere and alway)s-Love, separation and Death ,aptly titled.
Director M.Saravana has come out with an Ace.
Keep it up.