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Review: Trisha Illana Nayanthara is a bold film

By S Saraswathi
September 18, 2015 10:43 IST
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A scene from Trisha Illana Nayanthara Trisha Illana Nayanthara is a prejudiced portrayal of modern day youngsters discovering their sexuality, says S Saraswathi

There is just one thing on the mind of the characters of Adhik Ravichandran's directorial debut Trisha Illana Nayanthara -- sex.

The film, starring G V Prakash Kumar, Anandhi and Manisha Yadav, is laced with mostly cringe-worthy double-meaning dialogues.

While the director does deserve credit for choosing a subject that is largely ignored or considered taboo, his portrayal is rather crude. His characters appear superficial, showing no real emotion.

The film describes the escapades of Jeeva (G V Prakash), who is desperately trying to lose his virginity. 

His first choice is Ramya (Anandhi), his close friend and classmate. But they have a fight and Ramya leaves the city. She barely exits the scene, when Aditi (Manisha Yadav) enters his life.

While Ramya is the girl-next-door, Aditi is bold and glamorous. Three years after dating her, Jeeva learns that she is a habitual drinker. He orders her to stop her wayward ways but Aditi prefers to dump him instead.

He returns to Ramya, who he accidentally meets while visiting his uncle (played by VTV Ganesh).

Which woman Jeeva finally chooses forms the rest of the film.

Simran appears in the second half as Anandhi’s aunt. It's not a very exciting role for this glamorous diva of the early 2000s. 

GV Prakash is drunk for most part of the film. He alternates between trying to seduce his girlfriends and lecturing them on morality. He appears far more animated than his debut film, Darling, which released earlier this year. But the permanent scowl on his face and his continuous rant against women gets annoying.

GV’s background score, however, livens things up. But there are far too many songs and little to distinguish one from the other. 

Anandhi and Manisha Yadav’s portrayal of contemporary women seem highly exaggerated.

VTV Ganesh has played the drinking buddy-cum-uncle character far too many times to make any impression. 

There are no explicit love scenes to make you uncomfortable; the director relies on crude humour and double-entendres to make his point. He appears far too judgmental of women, while choosing to make light the follies of men. 

Director Adhik Ravichandran’s Trisha Illana Nayanthara is no sensitive coming-of-age film, but rather a prejudiced portrayal of modern day youngsters discovering their sexuality.

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