With Engeyum Kaadhal, Prabhu Deva has tried to narrate yet another story using the most common and ubiquitous phenomenon in the world, Love. The opening titles with backdrop paintings followed by Prabhu Deva’s cameo for ‘Engeyum Kaadhal’ song are pleasant but from then on the movie couldn’t live up to its hype.
The story happens in the romantic city, Paris and revolves around the lives of Kamal (Jeyam Ravi), a young successful entrepreneur who comes in vacation to Paris every year and Kayalvizhi (Hansika Motwani), a music college student playing cello. The story follows the usual clichéd storyline of the hero having no faith in love meets the heroine who falls for him right away and continues her pursuit of love despite knowing his nature. How love blossoms in him and how they finally unite, forms the rest of the story.
The foremost important aspect of any romantic movie is to get you into its blissful ambience. Unfortunately, EK fails to do that from the very beginning in spite of all those exotic locales and soulful music. Adding to this, the characters make an impression only with their chic outfits and fail to connect with you right from the beginning. There is not even one convincing answer for why the lead pair falls in love with each other. The story is very shallow and the naïve and lackluster screenplay makes it still worse. Albeit running for just two hours and a few minutes, the movie still creates that dawdling effect in your mind.
Jayam Ravi as a young businessman fits perfectly in his tailor made role. He even impresses with his dazzling dance moves. Hansika Motwani looks refreshing in her vivid outfits but fails to impress in the acting department. Her dubbing is imbecile and out of sync at many places. Rajusundaram annoys you often under the pretext of making fun. Neither Suman nor Prakashraj have much to play. The only outstanding features of the movie are Nirav Shah’s brilliant cinematography which captures the exquisite and serene beauty of Paris with ease and Harris Jayaraj’s poignant music as almost all songs are pleasant to hear.
Having a set of potential crew under his management, Prabhu Deva could have honed the screenplay more deftly .The scenes could have been more captivating and the hasty and insipid climax in particular, could have been much better. To sum up in few words, Engeyum Kaadhal couldn’t justify its title despite loaded with many affluent features.