Balaji Sakthivel definitely has a knack for handling love stories. He's done that in the past and continues to do so. He bowled us over with 'Premisthe' - a heart wrenching film few years back and follows it up with a superior, mature film 'Premalo Padithe (In Telugu) that not only heightens the bar set by the former but also shows the potential of this director who's just four films old.
Loosely based on the Iranian film 'A Separation', PP is far from being called a rip-off of the former. Built on relationship drama, whodunit and social annotations, the film revolves around Venu, Jothi, Arthi and Mithun. Venu works at a street-side food stall and falls in love with Jothi, who works as a maid at Arthi's house. Arthi is passionately longed and wooed by Mithun, the son of a local Minister. When Arthi discovers the ulterior motive of Mithun, little did she anticipate the damage it may cause Venu and Jothi. What happens to Venu and Jothi forms the rest of the story.
Unlike 'Premisthe', PP is mature in every other way that you can think of. The film is definitely slow after a point of time nevertheless it is so engrossing; you'd literally succumb to it. Hats off to the director for etching a picture that as realistic as one could imagine. No wonder the audience easily could relate to the characters.
The performances were top class. Although most of the cast was new, one could barely feel that these characters were acting for the first time. Kudos to the director makes these debutant artists literally live in their roles instead of merely acting them. The director handles the helplessness of the school goers and their fascination for cell phones and attraction to each other based on money and lifestyle quite brilliantly. The recklessness, the sadism, the extravagance lifestyle, and elder's guilt in not providing time to children is something that every family relates with. The director once again deserves special appreciation for making each and every one of us in the audience to relate with his characters on-screen.
In one line; PP is the kind of love story we all tend to ignore. It's time to put aside mushy romantic stories for a while and savor a love story that blossoms on the street.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
(4 / 5) : Very Good