Movie : 3
Director: Aishwarya Dhanush
Producer: Kasthuri Raja
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Starring: Dhanush, Shruthi Haasan
The much hyped Telugu version of the Tamil movie of the same name ‘3’ has finally hit the screens today. High expectations have built up on this film as the film’s hero Dhanush got popular among the Telugu audience with his viral track “Why this kolaveri di”, which has achieved national acclaim and also has been used in the movie ‘Three’. Moreover, Dhanush happens to be the son-in-law of super star Rajnikant and ‘Three’ is a home-production coming from the super star family, makes it more likely for the expectations to mount. Let’s see now, how far the ‘3’ movie has come near to the expectations.
The story of 3 is all about the unfathomable love between the lead-pair Ram (Dhanush) and Janani (Shruthi Haasan). While Ram is the son of a wealthy businessman, Janani comes from a middle class background with mother, father and a kid sister – who is born deaf and can’t speak. On a raining day, Ram meets Janani on way to school and instantly takes to liking her. He along with one of his friends, keeps on following Janani and finally wins her love and they both get married. Ram and Janani move out in to a separate apartment, gifted by Ram’s parents. Things go on well for some time and then suddenly, one day, Ram slits his throat and dies. Janani is left wondering what has gone wrong with Ram and why he has committed suicide? The rest of the film unfolds the reason for Dhanush taking the extreme step.
The story itself is wrongly chosen. It’s weak, not properly woven and doesn’t have a convincing point. At times, the film’s narration seems to be dragging and slow. Three is entirely shown in flashbacks and revolves around just three characters – Ram, Janani and their friend Shankar. There are no commercial elements in the story which can hold the viewer’s attention for long. The only plus point of the movie 3 is the performance of the artistes, especially the lead pair – Dhanush and Shruthi Haasan.
It is their marvelous performance, that keeps the audience from going out of the theater. One more thing has to be specially mentioned here, as school kids – Dhanush and Shruthi’s performance is extraordinary. Here the director (Aishwarya Dhanush) also succeeded in depicting sprouting up of teenage-love in a very natural way. Since the movie is all in flashbacks, I do not want to go into the details of the story, or else it may mar the interest of the viewer.
The movie 3 (Three) is completely devoid of commercial elements usually found in the dubbed films. People who have flare for watching ‘off-the-leak’ films, may see it to admire the artistes.
The performance of the lead artistes Dhanush and Shruti Haasan is commendable and should be appreciated for their attempt. The movie doesn’t appeal for front bench viewers as it is complex in execution. Neither entertaining nor commercial, the movie is a bit dragging in the whole. However, debutant director Aishwarya Dhanush has made a decent debut with ‘Three’ and needs applause for choosing this versatile subject. Three would have fared better if it has commercial elements.
Dhanush and Shruti Hassan has deliverable a remarkable performance in this movie. Aishwarya Dhanush is impressive in her first directorial venture and is worth of an applause.
Editing by Kola Bhaskar is brisk. Cinematography by Velraj is a treat to watch. Music by Anirudh Ravichandran is foot tapping and the re-recording is good. The production values are superb.