Have you ever witnessed a dreadful accident? May god bless you not to be in one! Ever. Engeyum Eppodhum is the tale of cruel games that fate plays with the lives of poor souls. The movie is intense, so much life like and you feel like you are one of the passengers of the ill-fated buses that collide into a metal pulp leaving the passengers into a mangled mess.
But Engeyum Eppodhum is not sad and depressing in its entirety. It is the story of four youngsters, whose life is intermingled with each other’s. In effect, they are lovers. And their unfussy, uncomplicated love story marks the beginning of the movie. The movie revolves around two couples in love: Jai – Anjali, Sarvanand – Ananya.
The brilliance of characterization is one of the few aspects making director Saravanan’s expertise stand apart. He is a brilliant storyteller and the diversity he shows in the characters of his four lead actors is something that is to be seen to be believed. For instance, Jai is this diffident yet aspiring youngster who falls in love with the bold and intrepid Anjali who is a nurse. Same way, Sarvanand is your software guy and Ananya, the shy and withdrawn girl from a small town.
Having set their characters firmly, Saravanan weaves the story around them expertly. Their love, although a bit slacking when it is introduced on screen, grows on. You fall in love with the characters as though you knew them before hand. Falling in love is a gradual process here, although you get to see the spark that flies between the two. So their love and life seems much more real.
Nothing in the movie seems dramatized. Even the accident, that otherwise would have been melo-dramatized in another director’s hands, seems so raw. Saravanan’s expertise also shows in weaving the tiny little tales around all the characters in the bus. The ingenuity with which he narrates the stories of each character in the bus is commendable.
Anjali’s name will do rounds in very many award functions during the end of the year. She takes your heart in her hands in the climax scene and shatters it into a million pieces. Jai, Sarvanand and Ananya have lived their roles to perfection.
The talented cinematographer Velraj and editor Kishore assisted Saravanan in delivering the movie with immense dedication. Velraj’s camera travels with the bus at its speed and make you clutch your seat as it swerves in every turning. Brilliant cinematography at its best. Sathya’s music in unobtrusive but seriously there is no need of songs in this movie.
Saravanan’s Engeyum Eppodum is a brilliant debut attempt. He has weaved a beautiful narrative of a series of tales in the movie’s main script and comes off with flying colors.
Verdict : Intense drama, worth a watch!
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