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Brindavanam movie review: Director Radha Mohan’s film is heartwarming and funny

Filmmaker Radha Mohan’s Brindavanam, starring Arulnithi, Tanya and Vivekh, leaves you grinning for the most part and also stirs up an emotional storm within.

movie reviews Updated: May 26, 2017 12:30 IST
Karthik Kumar
Karthik Kumar
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Brindavanam movie review,Arulnithi,Tanya
Brindavanam stars Arulnithi, Tanya and Vivekh in the lead roles.

Film: Brindavanam
Director: Radha Mohan
Cast: Arulnithi, Tanya and Vivekh
Rating: 3/5

Director Radha Mohan is known for his feel-good, instantly likable and extremely heartwarming films such as Abhiyum Naanum and Mozhi. Cut from the same cloth used to make these light-hearted entertainers, comes his latest outing Brindavanam, which more than merely entertains and that’s a good thing. While it’s easier to say Brindavanam is for multiplex audiences, it could actually work with the masses as well because of its easily relatable story.

When most filmmakers are chasing stars to make high-budget, mostly nonsensical commercial entertainers in the name of playing to the gallery, Radha Mohan churns out a film you can fall in love with and at the same also be entertained. The film’s story revolves around a deaf and mute barber, played by Arulnithi, and his relationship with actor Vivekh, who plays himself in the film. The director explores the relationship between a star and his fan and it is presented in the most emotional yet fun way.

Arulnithi plays a deaf and mute character to the tee, and he is ably complemented by Vivekh. Scenes between them are a riot, and at times are equally poignant, almost evoking tears. Arulnithi continues to shine in yet another unconventional role and it’s a delight watching him play a character with disability with sincerity and gumption.

Vivek is in fine form in Brindavanam, and his comedy is not over the top. The jokes work, and you laugh out loud genuinely and not because you’re forced. Wish other filmmakers take cue from this, use him in similar roles and not waste his potential in silly characters. One-film-old Tanya Ravichandran is a talent to watch out for and she’s in this for the long haul.

Despite some predictable moments, Brindavanam leaves you grinning for the most part and it also stirs up an emotional storm within. The good thing is that it doesn’t go overboard and knows exactly where to draw the lines when it comes to handling some emotional scenes.

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First Published: May 26, 2017 12:24 IST