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Movie Ullam Ketkume
Music Harris Jeyaraj
Cast Shaam, Laila, Asin, Pooja, Arya
the noted cameraman has worked in a few Bollywood films,
mainly for his mentor director Priyadarshan. So like his
‘guru’, for his maiden directorial venture Ullam Ketkume,
Jeeva has been ‘inspired’ from quite a few sources. The basic
thread of the film is from Karan Johar’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
and a few other campus capers. Still the film has an
infectious sense of fun and is
enjoyable and definitely one
of the better movies this year.
The story is told with cloying nostalgia in a flashback mode
as the film opens with friends meeting and exchanging notes
after many years at the wedding of their close friend. The
gang- Shyam (Shyam) the leader who is a cool dude, Imaan (Arya)
an impulsive chap, a beautiful Priya (Asin), the blabbermouth
and friendly Pooja (Laila) and the always serious Irene (Pooja).
They had a great time at college as they all bonded well.
Pooja with her braces and her clumsy ways had a soft corner
for Shyam who had a huge crush on Priya! Imman and Irene are
already in love but as college days come to an end and with
each in search of their identities all the love razzmatazz
changes due to various twists.
Now Pooja is in US her heart still aching for Shyam who is a
bachelor as Priya had married a software professional due to
family compulsions. Imaan could never marry Irene though he
became a famous cricketer. Finally on the wedding day of
Imaan with a relative, all of them come together and Pooja
meets Shyam for whom she was always his best buddy! In good
old Sooraj Barjatya tradition Pooja and Shyam unite after
they realize how much they need each other.
It is Shyaam’s best ever film in which he is able to bring
out the sensibilities of the character. Laila as Pooja, is
the spice and soul of the film and she does a great job as
the awkward girl-in-a-soup act in the first half and the
sophisticated woman in the second half. Asin is strikingly
sweet and Arya is good. Thotta Tharini’s sets give the film a
minty cool look and Harris Jayaraj’s music is a major
On the whole, Jeeva has been successful to make an
entertainer with a wafer-thin story. Everything, from the
choice of lead actors, their lines and gestures, interpersed
with perfect song-n-dance is perfectly coordinated.
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