4 out of 5 (Very Good)
A Sweet Memory
Haricharan Pudipeddi Tue, 20 Dec 2011
After a successful debut in Tamil, A.R Murugadoss's home production 'Engeyum Eppodhum' finally releases in Telugu as 'Journey'. Touted to be a small budgeted film, 'journey' is one of the cutest films to have released in Kollywood this year, and now I'm glad people in Tollywood could say something similar.
'Journey' narrates the love stories of two couples; Amudha, Gautham and Kadhir, Manimegalai. These couples fall head over heels for each other just like any other couple. However, they have one thing in common; a journey that they have to be in to go and finally meet their significant other. All of them board a bus from their respective locations to meet each other. However, tragedy strikes, as their buses collide. What happens then forms the climax.
Debutant director Saravanan brings forth a promising story with adequate dose of romance and tragedy. The film goes well past usual heroism style story and offers audience something fresh to remember and reminisce. The director cleverly weaves together a story out of tragedy. For most of us accidents mean number of casualties. However, for Saravanan it means not just numbers but the stories dead have left behind. He narrates the story through the perspective of the dead. It is as though four persons, claiming to be lovers from the dead, wanted to tell us their story. Brilliant!
Sarvanand and Jai fit superbly in their roles, especially the former as sophisticated city youth. His expressions are praiseworthy, and no wonder he could be so good at it, after working in films such as Gamyam, Andhari Bandhuvaya and Prasthanam that have changed the phase of Telugu cinema in the past. Jai as Kadhir pours innocence on screen. His 'rural guy trying to transform into urban youth' aura is definitely to look for. He pulls it off with ease and style. Ananya, on the other hand reminds us of a characters, who yearns for love but fears its consequences. Anjali is yet another brilliant depiction of a character with super level of confidence, which is courageous, outspoken and straightforward. All these characters are very close to what we see every day in our lives. Most of us wish to love like them but fear the repercussion.
Cinematography by Velraj is convincing, while Sathya's background score brings conviction into the film. If there is one person to be credited besides the director then it definitely must be A.R Murugadoss, the producer for believing in the director and supporting to make his dream come true. Kudos to the team and they deserve loud applause. I wish there is more to come from the team.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
4 out of 5 (Very Good)