The maturity with which the tales are written and treated contrasts the anthology, which includes a significant contribution in writing and directing by numerous filmmakers.
The series ‘Modern Love,’ later turned into books and a podcast, became a worldwide hit, with readers writing about their love experiences in The New York Times. Its success also brought it to India, with Amazon Prime Video producing it as a web series in English for two seasons. To replicate the stories of ‘Modern Love’ in Hindi and Telugu, the first season with six episodes has been released in Tamil as “Modern Love Chennai”. How does director Thiagarajan Kumararaja produce this romantic anthology?
Shobha, who makes biscuits, is at the peak of despair as love failure hurts mentally and physically. A preacher reveals that she will find love again, but there will be ‘a problem’. What men take refuge with Shobha, who once again bravely opens her inner doors to embrace her? In this world, are all men the same? The answer is director Rajumurugan’s “LALAGUNDA BOMMAIGAL”.
Srigauri Priya, Vasundhara, and Vasudevan Murali star in a film written by Raju Murugan and titled “Modern Love.” In our minds, Srikauri Priya will always be an energetic lady who stands up to bullies, villagers, and even her father. In the socialist chain-cutting and advice-giving moments, Vasundhara captivates with her natural acting.
Raju Murugan has done magic in the dialogues and set the plot to stand out from other episodes. In particular, Shawn Roldan’s music is its greatest strength. ‘Jingartatanda,’ ‘Does it rain only once?’ The songs are heart-warming as storytelling tools and musical cascades add to the scenes’ emotions.
Devi describes her vision problem to her boyfriend Nithya at a beach meeting one day. Nitya marries Devi with love, who will lose her sight in a few years. Is it the same love, understanding, and care for the child and family? Is happiness the only thing that lasts all day and every moment? Did Nithya rekindle her love? “IMAIGAL” gives answers.
This episode was directed by Balaji Sakthivel, who based his script on a short tale by Balaji Dharanidharan titled “Modern Love.” Ashok Selvan’s portrayal of Nithya is spot-on, spanning the gamut from ideal lover to everyday spouse. DJ Panu is his acting counterpart and rival.
The tension that comes with knowing that your vision is diminishing, the maturity that comes when you are lovers, and the helplessness that brings tears are all so beautiful. When husband and wife fight in the middle, both stand equally in the scale of acting.
Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background music brings the emotions alive and brings us together with the story. Jeeva Shankar’s cinematography is a masterclass in scenes that reflect vision problems. Especially that last shot, a beautiful haiku poem!
KAADHAL ENBADHU KANNULA HEART IRUKKARA EMOJI
Mallika, an Egg buff, wants to marry in a big ‘cinema love.’ Has she found a suitable person who hates life as a disappointment in college love and a disappointment in adult love? Will a man who has faced disappointments like her go without? This episode tries to tell the answers in a lively story.
Adapted from Reshma Katala’s ‘Modern Love’ story and screenplay, Krishnakumar Ramkumar has directed it. When all the scenes revolve around Ritu Varma, there should be so much realism that we become one with the character. But Ritu is a little tempted by overacting and animated facial expressions.
The idea of a love story as a comedy with a little message at the end is okay but lacks strong dialogues and visuals. It feels like copying the love scenes from Gautham Menon films. GV Prakash Kumar’s music and Nirav Shah’s cinematography are the only things that stand out.
First, love blooms through music for Jasmine, a bicycle angel who carries her beloved’s part and rides without showing any emotions. This teenage love story tells how this temporary love helps her recover from tragedy.
Again director Balaji Dharanidharan’s ‘Modern Love’ story has been adapted, and Akshay Sundar has directed it. Sanjula Charathi, who plays Jasmine, has given her performance in perfect meter, knowing her role without showing much emotion.
Ilayaraja’s voice and music give a ‘நெஞ்சில் ஒரு மின்னல்.’ With the help of a headset, the scenes played in the soundtrack with his music, poetry!
A dignified yet simple love story is told in this episode as a much-needed respite in the Margazhi chilliness.
PARAVAI KOOTIL VAAZHUM MAANGAL
Do you want just to let the affair pass or fight to prevent it from happening? This episode asks what is the point of chewing on a relationship that has lost its flavor like bubble gum. This story boldly tells us that this is the reality, even though no one would hesitate to take such a decision.
Kishore, Ramya Nambeesan, and Vijayalakshmi, all the main actors, have given performances that suit the story’s maturity. Director Bharathiraja says that even though the question of whether our society will go through separation and divorce in such a normal way is necessary. Pradeep Kumar and Ilayaraja have emotionally filled the scenes with their music to bring the story to life in this adaptation.
Jeeva Shankar‘s cinematography is captivating at times like metro train journeys, dinner in a house without electricity, and a cigarette-smoking balcony. This story boldly tells us that despite the problem of not being able to follow any of the three-story monkeys and asking if they would behave like this, it is the right thing to do.
NINAIVO ORU PARAVAI
What do memories do? And those half-destroyed memories? Are the memories we keep hidden that are also extinct? Lovers ‘Sam‘ and ‘K’ break up. But then an accident happens to K, making him forget that love affair. Director Thiagarajan Kumararajah has scripted the second innings romance between him and Sam in a meta-cinematic style.
Wamiqa Gabbi as Sam leaves a deep impression on us with her soulful performance. When she says ‘goodbye’ to her lover for the second time, she shows so much love and sadness in her trembling performance. BP, who comes as K, has also given a great performance.
Director Thiagarajan Kumararajah, who is attracted by the different screenplay structure, has created a world for the story in his usual style, like putting the brand name of ‘Cancer Stick’ on the cigarette box and showing the brand name of ‘A…Swipe’ on the tissue paper for the toilet.
It is an interesting twist that “the world was created last Thursday,” and the following verse emerges as the gist of the story. An added strength is that the title ‘Minnayo Or Pariyu’ perfectly captures the depth of this story. Apart from all these, Ilayaraja’s youthful bouncy music makes this episode even more profound. Beyond the songs, the music-only track ‘Kamathup Paal’ and the way its mixtapes are shot and the little skits that follow are excellent storytelling.
Turning this into a pan-world love story with just dialogue is brilliant. Cinematographers Nirav Shah and Jiva Shankar have brilliantly showcased many things like the lover’s house, rain scenes, and night with a fantasy thread.
A confusing screenplay, a bit of a head-scratching story, but a love story written on a crumpled piece of paper won’t go well?
Because of the maturity with which the tales are written and addressed, and since they are all centered on women and proceed from the women’s point of view, this anthology stands out from the other Tamil anthology works thus far.
It’s made even more beautiful by taking wonderful compositions from the music composers and weaving them into a beautiful story. Another highlight of this work is that all but the third story is commendable.