’96’ kindled huge expectations before its release, thanks to a superb trailer, mesmerising music and the chemistry between its lead pair- Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha.
Days ahead of its theatrical release, the film was screened for journalists in Chennai and let us check out how the final product is.
First things first. Director C Prem Kumar deserves a bouquet for beautifully presenting a love story on screen. Equally laudable are Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha, who strike a direct chord with our hearts.
And the story: Ram (Vijay Sethupathi) is a travel photographer. After decades, his profession brings him back to his native Thanjavur, and he goes to the school where he studied in 1996.
With memories haunting him, Ram catches his friends over phone and arranges a reunion in Chennai. There, he meets Janaki Devi (Trisha), his old flame during school days.
Janaki Devi now lives with her family (husband and kid) in Singapore and comes to India for reunion. As Ram and Janaki meet, their love is rekindled and they also get an opportunity to spend a night together.
What do they decide about rest of their lives? Do they unite or Janaki catches the flight to go back to Singapore? You can find answers to these questions in 96.
Trust Vijay Sethupathi to shine in any role and he is simply at his best in ’96’. And Trisha doesn’t age, as she proves it once again in this flick. There is a long list of supporting actors and everyone has really supported the movie.
A love story, if presented with good visuals and great music, becomes a legendary stuff. Music composer Govind Vasantha and cinematographers Mahendran Jayaraju and Shanmuga Sundaram have precisely helped Prem Kumar on this front.
Though the second half lacks the magic of the first half, love itself is a magic on its own and it works out well in ’96’. Annother winner from Vijay Sethupathi.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5