36 Vayadhinile ( 36 Vayathinile)
Published by: Vijay Kumar on May 14, 2015
Cast & Crew
Movie : 36 Vayadhinile (aka) 36 Vayathinile
cast: Jyotika, Rahman
Director: Rosshan Andrrews
Editing: Mahesh Narayanan
Art Director: Cyril Kuruvila
Composer: Santhosh Narayanan
Banner: 2D Entertainment
Label: Think Music
“36 Vayadhinile” directed by Rosshan Andrrews is an remake of 2014 Malayalam movie How Old Are You? written by Bobby Sanjay. The film stars Jyothika in the lead role, which marks her comeback after 8 years in Tamil since Manikanda in 2007. The film is produced her husband Actor Suriya under his home banner 2D Entertainment. Music composed by Santhosh Narayanan.
Sophistication and enhancements in luxurious lives become the top priority of husband and daughter. A woman as homemaker and employee struggles to be the best in playing her role efficiently, but is always cornered mercilessly for being a dumb. It’s an intriguing scenario that we see every day in our own lives, where our mothers, spouse and sisters hold back their dreams for the sake of family.
Vasanthi (Jyotika) is one among them who doesn’t get her due respect from her husband (Rahman) who dreams bigger in foreign life and so is her daughter. They both leave her behind in Chennai and fly for Ireland. She now discovers the real purpose of her life and embarks on her dream journey turning the spotlights on her.
The much hackneyed terms like ‘Comeback’, ‘Spectacular performance from Jyotika’ could be boredom. A crisp or incisive statement – As Vasanthi she conveys the best of emotions of every women we come across in our lives. The scenes where she struggles between her innocence and buried dreams for the sake of her family and yet being cornered for all problems. The scene where Rahman converses in harsh words on the lanes of Triplicane and she politely walks beside him saying, “I never knew you had so much of expectations over me before 13 years itself.” When her daughter tries to open up the question she had asked President and her reply “No, I don’t need it” is remarkably excellent. The single shot and dialogue takes the entire first half to a greater level.
The second half slightly drops down the momentum as it becomes a normal concept of organic farming doesn’t impress us. The adulteration of fruits and vegetables is something the society is used to more than three years of time and this concept doesn’t hold us intact during the second hour.
Technically, Santosh Narayanan’s background score brings more emotions and intensity to even the normal scenes. He has done a colossal task with this and in fact, his BGM along with Jyotika’s performance makes the film outperform the original version. Rosshan Andrews has evidently taken scrutinizing efforts over nurturing this remake project with more clarity. 36 vayadhinile doesn’t resemble ‘How old are you’ in any places, even for the ones who have already seen it.
The characters involving Rahman, Delhi Ganesh, Jayaprakash, Nasser, Prem etc have contributed their maximum energy into the film…
While Tamil cinema has been exploring new and different genres of cinema, hats off to 2D Entertainment and Jyotika for reviving the genre of ‘Feminism’, which was so much absent in Tamil cinema for many years.
Verdict: A beautiful drama one can dedicate to their women in life.