Collegemates Karthik and Shweta fall in love and take it to the next level but the girl soon discovers that she is pregnant. And, when the parents find out, the consequences are startling...
Love can be a tricky thing, especially when the lovers are young and do not really know what they expect out of it. And, when they take mere physical attraction as love, there will be unfortunate complications. This is what Suseenthiran conveys with
Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer
, a return to form for the director after the misfire that was Rajapattai. To do this, he has trained his lens on a couple of college students, capturing their friendship, family life, romance and the resulting tragedy.
His Karthik and Shweta are just ordinary 20-somethings, instinctively self-centred and with misguided notions of romance (mobile phone conversations) and a reckless streak of hormonal needs (Mahabalipuram trips). They do not hesitate to manipulate their trusting families and supportive friends, as long as it serves their needs. Shweta saves Karthik's number in the name of one of her girl friends and doesn't bat an eyelid while lying to her affable mother, who in moments of motherly instinct has suspicions about her daughter's activities. She also cuts her relationship with her childhood friend Jenny, who expresses reservations about her boyfriend. Karthik actually wins the love of Shweta, who initially refuses to succumb to his wooing, by willingly falling down from a moving bus. At a later stage, he cuts his veins in front of his family members in a very obvious effort to blackmail them into agreeing for the marriage.
And, Suseenthiran adopts a fly-on-the-wall approach, content at capturing the moments from the lives of these characters, rarely asking us to cheer for them or condemn them. These characters, for the most parts, behave in a believable manner. When Shweta's parents come to know of her pregnancy, their break down doesn't feel melodramatic but natural; you feel the pain they experience as their world crashes down. It is, in fact, refreshing to see both the fathers sitting down (accompanied by their closest friend or family member), putting across their standpoints and trying to arrive at a solution. There is just a mere suggestion of violence, which might have made it eerily similar to last year's
, which too was about infatuated college-goers and the impact their affair has on their families.
But, Suseenthiran doesn't go there. Rather, he chooses to talk about the consequences of the premarital sex between the leads. It is here that the film turns slightly manipulative (and preachy), urging us to loathe the lead pair for their selfishness. And, by the time the melodramatic climax song has played out, you are moved and repulsed at once. Thankfully, it doesn't turn the film into a two-hour advertisement for condoms, as the journey to this end feels credible — and memorable — enough.