Abhiyude Kadha Anuvinteyuma Review: A taboo subject too mawkish for its own good
A 90s-style romantic drama trying to pass itself off as some ground-breaking new wave film
The guy, Abhi (Tovino Thomas), falls in love with the girl, Anu (Piaa Bajpai), who is something of a social media celebrity, after seeing her Facebook videos showcasing all her cuteness and good deeds. Anu accepts his friend request after he sends her some hats. You ask yourself what’s so special about this dude that compelled her to respond to him. I mean, he doesn’t do anything out of the ordinary. Their impulsive actions are, a few scenes later, attributed to the fact that both are seemingly lonely individuals despite being surrounded by lots of friends and relatives, who constantly shower them with love and affection. But I still couldn’t find an explanation for the overdose of cuteness in the film’s first half.
Cast: Tovino Thomas, Pia Bajpai, Suhasini, Rohini, Prabhu
Director: BR Vijayalakshmi
What’s worse is that the heroine frequently says “sho shweet”. And if that wasn’t enough, the hero keeps mentioning how happy he is when he is with her. Yes, yes, we can see that you guys are so happy with each other, but why do you have to verbalise it all the time? There is sho much shweetness in the film that I feared I might get diabetes before the interval. When the lovers get married, their parents have no objections in spite of them marrying without their consent. Everything’s peachy.
And then, comes the pre-interval twist (which I won’t reveal) that is about to turn their world upside down. When it’s revealed, the camera quickly zooms to the faces of Abhi’s parents before it has a momentary seizure, in case the viewers didn’t feel the full impact of this revelation without this trick. We are supposed to feel bad for the lovers, but this Balaji Telefilms-style filmmaking is infuriating.
Perhaps the director was sincere in attempting to do something different with her film, but the cheesiness is so intolerable that one stops caring after a certain point. The film plays out like the fantasy of a teenage girl—like the stuff you read in one of those B-grade romance novels. I yearned for some comic relief, but it’s not too forthcoming. Any forced attempt at humour comes in the form of Abhi’s slightly effeminate boss (Manobala), who repeatedly chides him for paying more attention to his girlfriend’s WhatsApp messages than his job.
Of the entire cast, the two actors I liked the most are Suhasini, who is effervescent as Abhi’s aunt, and Prabhu, as her good-hearted husband. The two fit the description of a model husband and wife, reminiscent of the Prakash Raj-Leela Samson couple in OK Kanmani (this time it’s the husband who is ill). In fact, the best lines in the film belong to them. Suhasini’s character is loving, sensible, and open-minded— a much better mother to Abhi than his own. When Abhi goes through the severe after-effects of the aforementioned twist, the couple gives him some heartwarming advice.
Abhiyude Kadha Anuvinteyuma is a very odd and awkward choice for an actor who is coming off the success of Maayanadhi (which is a truly unconventional film). I wish Tovino didn’t sign every project that came his way just because it seems different. Yes, it has few thought-provoking moments, but ultimately, it’s just a 90s-style romantic drama trying to pass itself off as some ground-breaking new wave film.