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Endrendrum Punnagai

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20 Dec, 2013 2 hrs 30 mins U/A
Jiiva, Trisha, Vinay, Santhanam, Nasser, Andrea
Endrendrum Punnagai feels like a three-act play, with each act in a different genre

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Synopsis: Three friends make a pact to never get married. Into their life enters a girl who is a romantic at heart. What happens when she falls in love with one of the guys?

Movie Review: He has an aversion towards women and doesn't believe in love while she is a die-hard romantic. He has made a pact with his two best friends to never get married but she wants to marry the man she falls in love with. What happens when that man happens to be him?

This is fairly routine rom-com set-up but director Ahmed wants his film to be a bit of everything — a hip friendship tale, an urban romance, a musical and even a father-son drama. Naturally, the end product will have imperfections but thankfully, it doesn't ruin our experience. A bit of the credit should go to the way the film begins — rather than keep the reason for the hero's hate for women for a flash back, he narrates it first (his mom runs away from him and his father). And so, this somewhat prepares us for all the drama that happens in the latter portions of the film.

Gautham (Jiiva), Sri (Vinay) and Baby (Santhanam) are inseparable friends — the first one hates women, the second is a compulsive flirt and the third has a thing for alcohol. They decide to stay single and be friends for ever, much to the displeasure of Gautham's dad (the always classy Nasser), with whom he hasn't spoken for the past 15 years. They shoot ads and into their life enters Priya (Tirsha), who is their liaison for the ad agency that gives them their projects. One day, Sri and Baby decide to get married, which angers Gautham, who bans them from seeing him again. Meanwhile, Gautham gets closer to Priya and soon, he starts having feelings for her. But his ego stands in the way.

Endrendrum Punnagai feels like a three-act play, with each act in a different genre. The first half plays out like a buddy comedy with cheers and beers. The three leads share a great chemistry which makes this portion breezy enough despite being 15 minutes too long — a lively Vinay plays the perfect foil to the moody Jiiva (in his Neethane En Ponvasantham mode, which is a good thing), while Santhanam cracks you up with his one-liners. The film then totally shifts its focus to romance and Ahmed nicely sets up the moment when the misogynist Gautham starts falling for Priya (Trisha elegantly fits into this role), though we have to sit through two (almost similar) songs in the space of 10 minutes. He also does the breakup part well. 'I wanted to call you despite you being at fault but I realized that every time we fight, you'll stay silent every time,' Priya explains to Gautham on why their relationship might not work. It is a beautiful line that also captures her character very well — she is a girl who thinks before taking any decision.

The film should have ended a few scenes after this moment with Gautham coming to realize how his stubborn character is holding him back in life, but Ahmed wants his final act a relationship drama. So, instead of a poetic father-son patch up, we get an extended melodramatic segment where we learn that his dad has pancreatic cancer, exactly at the moment when Gautham goes to make up with his father.
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