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Ever since the announcement of Pyaar Prema Kaadhal happened, the film has gained a lot of expectations, for the fact that it brings together, the Bigg Boss stars Harish Kalyan and Raiza for the first time. This romantic drama marks the production debut of music director Yuvan Shankar Raja.

As the title suggests, PPK is all about the romance and love between the leads, Sree (Harish Kalyan) and Sindhuja (Raiza), along with problems and misunderstandings, ofcourse. Sree aspires to win the heart of Sindhu, who happens to be his office colleague. However, when he does, life has other plans for him, as Sindhu’s understanding and perception about life are contrasting from what he has. How the couple finds solutions to their problems, forms the rest of the plot.

First things first, Yuvan Shankar Raja is easily the biggest pillar of the film, who gives life through his background score and songs. Even after having 12 songs in the film, no song seems to hinder the screenplay and the film is musically inclined, blending naturally with the emotions.

PPK has all the elements to stay in the trend and the film is a reflection of today’s youngsters and their relationship. The target audience will like the film for its feel good and casual moments. The subtle portrayal of the love Harish Kalyan has for his mother is heartwarming. The film has some interesting turning point in regular intervals that help the screenplay move forward.

On the downside, when you watch a romantic film, you tend to experience and feel a strong emotion. However, with PPK that isn’t completely delivered, as the emotion is conveyed only with the music, and not with the lead characters or other elements. The conflicts between the lead pair could have been more intense and it looks weak. Though the second half deals with only the conflicts between the couple, it isn’t as strong as how the audience would expect it to be. There is also a tinge of cliche with a few scenes giving a deja vu feel.

Harish Kalyan’s casting has been apt and he fits the bill of a casual boy next door. The way he carries himself on screen looks natural and his innocent character will connect big time with today’s boys. Raiza looks beautiful and her chemistry with Harish works well. At the same time, the model turned actress could have performed much better in the emotional scenes, as that becomes one small concern.

Munishkanth’s one-liners work at places, while it is mostly situation driven comedies, that make you laugh. It is delightful to see Anand Babu on the big screen after a long time, who plays Raiza’s father. Any son or daughter would like to have a father like him, who is very practical and gives complete freedom to his girl.

Elan’s idea is very much evident – to deliver a modern age romantic entertainer for today’s youngsters. Being a youngster himself, Elan’s writing is interesting that has quite a lot of high moments, guaranteeing a fun-filled ride. However, the case slightly differs in the execution part.

Raja Bhattacharjee’s visuals is a treat for the audience and his usage of the colour palette suits the mood of the film. Manikumaran’s editing garners attention, especially in the ‘Hold Me Now’ song.

Verdict: Pyaar Prema Kaadhal is high on love and music to entertain the youth!



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