Cast: Surya, Jothika, Bhoomika
Gist: The movie starts with Surya and Jothika getting married. The whole village is rejoicing, but the bride and the groom are as indifferent as they can be. Jothika had always wanted to find a soulmate, fall in love and then get married. So she thinks that an arranged marriage is the end of all her romantic dreams. Suryaâ€™s reason for lack of any interest is not explained right away.
Fast forwarding 6 years, Surya and Jothika are leading a very happy married life in Bombay. They have a little girl, head over heels in love and canâ€™t keep their hands away from each other. After reading one of Suryaâ€™s old diaries, Jothika finds Surya was in love with Bhomika, his junior in college and had gotten married to her. Bhoomikaâ€™s father had intervened and separated them with brutal force. Surya is heart broken and his words are, â€œI want to live with Aishwarya(Bhoomika) for atleast one day.â€
Jothika is shattered to learn about the other woman in her husbandâ€™s past. But she is also extremely moved by the longing in her husbandâ€™s words. Being the doting wife who intends to fulfill all her husbandâ€™s wishes, she meets Bhoomika and agrees to share his husband with her for one day.
My 2 cents: I really wanted to like this movie. I have been waiting to check this movie out as soon as the DVDs were released. Surya is my all time favourite, I had fallen for him after I watched Nandha and Jothika entered my favs list after Khakha Khakha. When my friends told me that the movie was so-so, I was in serious denial. But I hate to admit that they are right. This movie was neither here nor there, I had to create a new category – “2.5 stars”!
Rather than focusing on the story and screen play, director has relied on riding the wave created by the real life romance between Surya and Jothika. There are lots of unanswered questions. I would have been more interested in finding out how Surya and Jothika hit it off. That would have been a nice “Mouna Raagam”, “Dum Dum Dum” kind of movie ain’t it?
After 6 years Bhoomika is no longer a timid girl. She seems to have become pretty independent, sports a devil-may-care attitude and lives in Australia. Then why didnâ€™t Bhoomika make any effort to get in touch with Surya? Director seems to have taken effort to explain a lot of trivial stuff but he has no explanation why Bhoomika had given up looking for Surya.
Jothika introduces herself of Suryaâ€™s wife, when she meets Bhoomika for the first time. Bhoomika gives her a strange look and asks her, â€œAppo naan yaaru?â€ I loved her attitude in that scene. I really thought that she is going to do something big, but she falls into the typical stereotype.
Had I been in Suryaâ€™s shoes, I wouldnâ€™t be standing there crying all the time. I would have been pretty mad at Jothika for coming up with such a stupid one-night-stand kind of arrangement.
Half way in to the movie, I started to get the feeling that the movie had been playing for a very long time!
Surya has great chemistry with both Jothika and Bhoomika. Both the women are very good looking. Lollu Sabha Santhanam who plays Suryaâ€™s friend has some great one-liners.
Music by A.R.Rahman. Typical ARR style music. I loved the folk song(Kummi adi), Newyork nagaram and Majja Majja. The other songs have to grow on me.
Other: For songs, trailer and production pictures, click here.
Some Trivia: Aasin was the first choice for Bhoomika’s role. But she turned it down because she felt that the role didn’t have much importance.
The movie’s release date was postponed to be as close to Surya-Jothika’s wedding, hoping that the wedding might boost box office performance.
From my friend – New York nagaram song is actually filmed in Switzerland!
Movie was renamed as Sillendru Oru Kadhal to qualify for tax benefits. (According to the new rule, in Tamil Nadu, movies with pure tamil names get tax break)
A ladies organization filed a stay order against the movie. Reason stated – depicting that the wife trying to fix the husband with another woman is against tamil culture. Could be another publicity stunt to boost movie performance(purely my guess)!
Verdict: Couldâ€™ve, shouldâ€™ve put in more effort.