The 96 Movie, Prem Kumar, the cinematographer-turned-debut filmmaker has not made a film already but he has woven pure and lovable poetry on celluloid. 96 is a matured love story and, in a way, a difficult plot to handle just a little bit of misdirection will make it banal. But a self-assured Prem builds it in a realistic way that it works absolutely perfect.
Ramachandran (Vijay Sethupathi) is a travel photographer who loves to tour and capture passionate moments on his camera. A chance visit to his hometown Tanjore rekindles his fond memories. He recalls his childhood days — the hospital where he was born, the first big shopping center in the town and finally stops at the school where he studied in 1996, where he met the love of his life Janaki Devi aka Jhanu (Gauri Kishan) while in 10th grade. While Ram (Adithya Bhaskar) is an introvert, Jhanu is quite fearless and likes him too. Circumstances drift them apart. Yes, the second half slightly drops down the momentum, where we might feel little dragged. But as you become more involved with these characters, your absolute need would be to know how it’s going to end. Especially, the final moments, where there are silence and tears among them with slightest hopes in the audience, we’re sent back home carrying back memories.
96 Movie – kaathalae kaathalae song
Yes, as cited before, these are the equations that balance between the analytical and emotional contexts with 96. Background score by Govind Vasantha is commendably decorous. Cinematography just turns out to be a photographic capture. Watch out for the shot, where Vijay Sethupathi delves into deserts and oceans or the one, where Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha are at the balcony and rest of the apartment lights are shut down. Filmmaker Prem has offered the best that he could do within the space of limited characters. Moreover, when he feels the screenplay slightly getting sluggish, he makes use of Vijay Sethupathi’s traits to make audiences smile. With the performance, Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha just transform themselves into Ram and Jaanu. This could be one of their finest performances till the date and there’s no second thought about it. They might have performed the best in erstwhile movies, but what works out here is their glue to these roles.
On the whole, 96 has of the finest moments to experience. When it comes to the question of whether there would be repeat audience, it might not be possible, but for sure, 96 movie, it will offer a deep impact for the time you watch it.
96 Movie – Official trailer
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