Jun 14, 2005

Ullam Ketkume - Review

(Pic adopted from Indiainfo)

Ullam Ketkume is a clean, refreshing movie on college romance, friendship, sacrifice and lots of fun. After an impressive debut with 12B, famous cinematographer Jeeva has directed this one.. It was under production for a long time, (audio was released in 2003 !!) but the movie has come out good.

The movie begins with a batch of 1999 meeting in their friend Imaan’s (Arya) wedding. In this reunion, five main characters - Shaam (Shaam), Pooja (Laila), Priya (Asin), Irene (Pooja) and Imaan think back their good old college days, their friendship and romance. Imaan and Irene loved each other and there was a love triangle with the other three. The movie nicely portrays what happens in each person’s love life.

It is a simple story but the way the flashbacks are introduced and handled is quite interesting. Fortunately, there is no old comedian or lead character shown to be studying in the college. All the lighter moments happen within the interactions of 6 or 7 main characters. Within the few minutes of the movie, we understand who loves who.. but the director cleverly gives no clue about who has paired with whom, when the present life is shown. It is only towards the end that we realize what happened. Even though there are some heartbreaks, it is refreshing to see the good friendship continue after the marriage.

This should probably be the first hit movie of Shaam.. After a forgettable performance Girivalam, lucky he got a solid role. He has done the youthful playboy part well in the first half. Arya’s subdued performance is a pleasant surprise compared to what we saw in Arindhum Ariyamalum. They are highly believable as college mates, without any aura of heroism around them. The three female stars not only look good and dance well, they have some real good screen time too. Asin is gorgeous as an Iyengar girl, Pooja is cute and pleasing whereas the surprise package is Laila. Though her dialogue delivery and behavior in college seem irritatingly childish, one can forgive her for still making us engrossed into the movie. All these characters bring back memories of goodold college days.

The supporting case of the friends and parents have done well too. The guy ‘Vasu’ makes us laugh with his cool dialogues, acts, goggles and pant. There are no unnecessary advise, sentiment or vulgar moments shown in other college movies. The climax is boring, predictable and unimaginative.

Raju Sundaram’s choreography has combined well with some peppy numbers from Harris Jayaraj.. “Face of ur generation” is cool while “Mazhai” and “Ennai pandhada” are romantic. the songs are hummable and foot-tapping. Sujatha has penned the dialogues quite youthfully. Jeeva is impressive with both camerawork and direction. Having chosen the pepsi ad slogan for the title, he didnt goof up like what Ananth Mahadevan did with "Dil Maange More".

I rate B+ for the screenplay, direction and cool performance by the lead cast.

18 comments:

Orange Fronkey said...

I watched it today... I really liked it. I was surprised with Laila, she did a great job... She had me tearing up for the part where she finds out that Shyam likes Priya, and when she hugs him she's all in tears, and when he looks up her she smiles... Awww!!!

Anyways, nice review :D

Ram.C said...

Different review ... from mine :-) :-) eventhough we accept few highlights...

hv a look into mine as well...

GP said...

Thanks guys..

Merino.. I also thought that was the best performance of Laila I have ever seen.. She was good.. hope we can see her more..

Ram.. ever since I decided to start writing reviews, I dont read the reviews before writing mine.. Didnt want to get influenced in anyway.. Now i will check out yours..

Nitin said...

hi, just came across your site today. looks cool. I live in Ocala, Florida. 1/2hr from Gainesville. I was wondering, how do you watch all these movies, ru going to watch Anniyan in theatre, if so where in Florida. I am really looking forward to Anniyan, but dont know if its running in any theatres in Florida.

Raju said...

Hi Nitin.. Thanks for your note. Nice to know that you are from Ocala.. I am searching like a hawk for Anniyan near Florida.. no luck yeat.. I look at Indiaglitz.com's tamil channel to see where it will be released. But, as of now, it appears that only in Indian-rich areas it is gonna be.. may be after a week or so it might come to Jacksonville or Orlando.. Let us see..

Nitin said...

yeah. i was looking everywhere too. hopefully, i think after a few weeks it will come to Tampa or Orlando. you have a great site, will visit often.

GP said...

Thanks again, Nitin.. I am sorry I didnt answer your previous question.. I am a member of Tamiltricks.com and that allows free downloads of new movies after posting a large number of posts.

BTW, are you a Tamil or from Tamilnadu? Your name suggests otherwise..

Anonymous said...

yeah, i am tamil, and I am from chennai, tamilnadu

Nitin said...

yeah, i am tamil, and I am from chennai, tamilnadu

GP said...

Nitin, the update for Anniyan is... he is getting closer.. 24th June, i.e., a week later, it is shown in Atlanta.. not to Florida yet..

Nitin said...

really. cool. my mom's cousin lives there, they told me they will tell me when it releases there. where did you see 24th June in Atlanta?

GP said...

I found that out at indiaglitz.com's tamil channel.

http://indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/

i have an important meeting that day.. if the movie is shown till sunday, i might drive up and see on saturday or sunday.. let me try..

Nitin said...

yeah, i can go, but i dont know if driving 6hrs to get there is worth it for a movie. i hope it comes to tampa, then i might go, or else have to wait for the dvd to come out. i dont think it will be good to watch it on vcd.

GP said...

Yeah it is not worth to drive 5-6 hours for movie alone.. since we havent visited Atlanta yet, we are hatching a plan to see the city and watch the movie too.. Might change if a nearby city gets Anniyan..

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Enjoyed a lot!
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