Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal is a 2013 Tamil romance film written and directed by Vasanth. It stars Arjun, Cheran, Vimal, Bhanu and newcomers Surveen Chawla and Lasini.
Movie: Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal
Directed by Vasanth
Produced by Bharath Kumar, Mahendhiran, Maha Ajay Prasath
Star Cast: Arjun as Harris, Cheran as Gunasekar, Vimal as Varun, Muktha Bhanu as Mallika, Surveen Chawla as Divya, Lasini as Anjana, Thambi Ramaiah, Sathyan, Appukutty, John Vijay, Aadukalam Naren, Ravi Raghavendra, Shanthi Williams, Ritvik Varun
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Bhojan K. Dinesh
Editing: S. N. Fazil
Studio: Mahendra Talkies
‘This film will journey beyond the usual paradigms of love. It is not a love story of teen in school or college, but something that you may not experience as it doesn’t happen to everyone’. Filmmaker Vasanth was quite confident shooting stars in this film while making a strong affirmation that Moondru Per Moondru Kadhal will fetch the attention of universal audience. The film stars Cheran, Arjun, Vimal, Bhanu, Lasini and Surveen Chawla in lead roles.
When Varun opens up narrating his tale to someone, we are taken through a journey of earthly and paradisiacal love that happens in the lives of three persons set in backdrops of mountainous, coastal and plain regions. Varun (Vimal) blindly falls in love with a girl Anjana (Lasini), whose marriage was spoiled on the spur of the moment. Fascinated with her beautiful looks and nature, Varun tries to win her heart.
Then there is Gunasekhar (Cheran), a trustee of Punnagai Rehabilitation Centre for alcoholics and Mallika (Bhanu), a physiotherapist, daughter of a fisherman. They have a mutual understanding for each other, especially when Mallika reunites a father and daughter. However, things don’t favour them as Gunasekhar and Mallika due to sudden change in situations.
And finally, it’s another poignant love story centering on Harris (Arjun), a swim coach and his student Divya (Surveen Chawla), who wants to win a Gold Medal in Olympics. Things go terribly wrong, when Harris is hit by an accident that results in his paralysis. Will he able to restore back his health? Will Divya win her dreams on the global map?
With these lives bound to confusions and problems, the film captures some soulful moments of a true and selfless love.
The most intriguing element of this film is how Varun remains as a connecting dot to all these stories.
Certain stories are always interesting to be read as novels or scripts, but the actual problem occurs in the process of converting them into pictures. It looks like director Vasanth faces this problem in a few portions of the film. Why should he try out the style of Stanley Kubrick with lots of POV shots without introducing the heroine? The audiences are pulled back with little sense of annoyance. The immediate cuts of editing spoils the mood of film in some places and moreover what little disappointing is that Vimal not suiting the role even to a less extent. The actor showcases a adeptness on performance in roles laced with rural factors, but definitely not as a stylish city boy. Say for instance, his previous films ‘Ishtam‘ and ‘Sillunnu Oru Sandhippu‘ didn’t gain him much laurels and so is this one. As a matter of fact, the first half fails to impress a major group of audience simply for these reasons.
Post-intermission there are some captivating moments with the stories of Cheran and Arjun keeping us engaged. What stands out as the best among all these three stories is the one involving Arjun and Surveen Chawla. Especially, the climax will soak your eyes in tears, wrench your hearts and have a lump in your throats. Vasanth has tried to impress the contemporary audience with a blend of humour in dialogues, which works out in places, but drops terribly down in other parts.
Yuvan Shankar Raja becomes a pillar in offering best background score and songs for this film. The songs ‘Aaha Kadhal‘, ‘Mazhai Mazhai‘ and ‘Kadhal En Kadhal‘ are visually enchanting and the choreography has been decorously performed.
On the whole, ‘Moondru Per Moondru Kadhal‘ basically carries a substantial in script, but doesn’t get delivered at the right momentum on screens. Barring the portions of Arjun and Cheran that has almost arrived after intermission, the film has nothing special to deliver. Of course, who can waste one hour of a film to enjoy the second half? The director should have accordingly worked on the script to keep them engrossed in the first hour as well.
Verdict: Could have been released as a novel.