STARRING: DHANUSH, PRABHU, SRUTI KAMAL HASSAN, BANUPRIYA
3 takes us deep into the life and love of Ram (Dhanush) & Janani (Shruti Haasan), whom we are introduced to as 12th standard students. A casual help of offering to fix the cycle chain makes Ram fall for Janani. he follows her everywhere and as Physics, chemistry and biology has taught us both of them fall in love. Janani warns Ram before accepting his love that she will leave to the USA since it’s her mother’s dream for their family to settle there. We are then showed the college days where Janani comes and tells Ram they her parents are taking her to USA. She is forced to tell her parents that she loves Ram. Ram & Janani get married and lead a good life. Perfect story, innit??? It does not end there. We are told a totally different story in the events that follow. And what exactly happens forms the climax.
The first half is a joyride. Dhanush & Shruti’s love scenes are cute and realistic. They seem to have hit the right equations in chemistry. Prabhu as Ram’s father is adorable in his father avatar. A perfect dad. But it is Siva Karthikeyan (of Vijay TV fame) steals the show with his witty one liners and well times mocks in the entire first half. The second half tells a different story altogether. The fun disappears, there is almost a dark feel to the film. The climax will leave you with a lump in the throat.
Coming to the performances, Dhanush as usual is on a streak. Film after film, the efficiency if his performances are on the rise. He emotes well, provides the laughs and reaches a great level of intensity in fight scenes. A show stealer. Sruti Haasan provides ample support to Dhanush. Acting is in her genes and she showcases her talent in the first half of the movie. She is merely reduced to a crying machine in the second half where that is what she was asked to do. Sundar who comes as Dhanush’s friend makes you yearn for a friend like him. Apart from them all characters do their roles to perfection.
The music by Anirudh Ravichander is brilliant for someone who is making his debut. His background music is soulful support to the movie. He excels in the background during the fight scene. Brilliant use that! The songs are already a rage and are sure to catch on since the movie is released now. The widely acclaimes Kolaveri Di is decently picturised. Do not expect too much as songs blend along with the film.
The film overall gives a feeling that we were watching 2 different movies at the same time. A tale of two halves. At times it seems dragging post interval. Dhanush’s Characterterisation gives a strong whiff of the recently released Mayakkam Enna. Overall a decent effort from debutante director Aishwaria R. Dhanush. A pat on the back for trying something different. An extra star for the brilliant casting and performances.
3-Bipolar. Watch it for the performances.