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Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa
Directed by Gautham Menon
Produced by Madhan
Ganesh Janardhanan
Elred Kumar
Jayaraman
Written by Gautham Menon
Starring Silambarasan
Trisha Krishnan
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Manoj Paramahamsa
Editing by Anthony Gonsalves
Studio Escape Artists Motion Pictures
R. S. Infotainment
Distributed by Red Giant Movies
(India)
Two95 Entertainment, Inc.
(Worldwide)
Release date(s) February 26, 2010 (2010-02-26)
Running time 157 mins
Country  India
Language Tamil

Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (Tamil: விண்ணைத்தாண்டி வருவாயா, English: Will you Cross the Skies for Me?) is a 2010 Tamil romance film directed and written by Gautham Menon, which features Silambarasan Rajendar and Trisha Krishnan in the lead roles. The film, produced by four producers and distributed by Udhayanidhi Stalin, features a successful music soundtrack composed by A. R. Rahman, cinematography by Manoj Paramahamsa and editing by Anthony Gonsalves. The film's story was also simultaneously shot and released by Menon in the Telugu language as Ye Maaya Chesave with a different cast.[1]

The film explores the complicated relationship between a Hindu Tamil assistant director, Karthik, and a Syrian Christian girl, Jessie. Karthik falls in love with Jessie only to be met by her indifference, behaving reluctant due to the fact that they belong to different religions and her strict conservative family will never consent to this. An unperturbed Karthik keeps following and wooing her, who eventually falls for his charms. However, they have to undergo many problems and emotional conflicts; whether they can overcome all hurdles forming the crux.

The film, began its initial schedule in February 2009, following a mystery launch with a series of publicity posters being launched without details of the cast or crew.[2] Shooting continued through 2009, with the film garnering significant media interest, through schedules in Malta and the United States.[3] Prior to release, the film became the first Tamil project to have a music soundtrack premiered, abroad from India, with a successful launch at the BAFTA in London.[4] The film, released on 26 February 2010, along with the Telugu version to advanced bookings worldwide. Upon release, the film achieved positive reviews, with several critics giving the film "classic" status, whilst also become a commercially successful venture.[5][6]

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Plot

Karthik (Silambarasan Rajendar), is graduate in mechanical engineering in Chennai but aspires to become a filmmaker. Through his friend, Karthik gets introduced a cinematographer, Ganesh (Ganesh Janardhanan). With the support of Ganesh, Karthik becomes an assistant director to K. S. Ravikumar. Karthik's family, who are Hindus, live on rent on the bottom floor of a two story house where the house belongs to Jessie's (Trisha Krishnan) family, a conservative Malayali Catholic Christian family from Alappuzha, Kerala, who live on the top floor upstairs. When Karthik meets Jessie for the first time, he falls in love with her. Karthik expresses his love one day to Jessie, who is afraid of speaking to other men around her strict father's sight, and ends up angering Jessie. The two meet several times and Jessie begins to admit that she also liked Karthik, but wants to refrain from any problems because she knows her father won't accept a Hindu to marry his daughter. Her parents came to know about their affair and arrange a marriage for her. But at the wedding, she refuses to marry the groom, displeasing everyone in her family. Karthik and Jessie continue to love each other without the knowledge of their parents. Suddenly, Jessie is forced by her father to marry and seeks Karthik's help, who was in Goa for a film shooting. Karthik is unable to attend to her calls and messages as he is busy on the shooting spot and Jessie is unable to reach him.After a tense phonecall from Jessie,Karthik goes back one night to Chennai to check on Jessie. An angry and hurt Jessie makes a final decision to break up with Karthik because of her father's strong disapproval of their love. Later on, Karthik gets to know that Jessie got married and is settled abroad through his sister.

Two years later, Karthik meets Nandhini (Samantha Ruth Prabhu), who falls in love with him, but is rejected by Karthik who cites his previous affair with Jessie whom he could still not get over. He then comes up with a script for his first film, which happens to be his very own love story. He calls upon Naga Chaitanya as the films protagonist, Nandhini as the female lead and Ganesh as the film's cinematographer, and the film was eventually titled Jessie. During shooting for the film in New York, United States, he randomly sees Jessie again and she comes and speaks with him, they discuss their differences and both get married the same day and are happy again. This again leads to another part of the film which forms the actual climax of the story.

Cast

Production

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Development

In late January 2009, speculation arose surrounding a potential collaboration between Silambarasan Rajendar, Gautham Menon and A. R. Rahman, but neither member confirmed the news.[7] However, in a surprise move, in early February 2009 a poster appeared in Indian papers featuring Silambarasan, but with no other names of crew members. Furthermore, the early poster suggested that the film was titled Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, in homage to the song "Vennilavae Vennilavae" from the the 1997 film, Minsaara Kanavu.[8] Subsequently, each day leading up til Valentine's Day saw the launch of a new poster, still without details of the crew except the inclusion of Trisha Krishnan as the lead actress; posters released after the one tributing Minsara Kanavu were posters of famous stills from Dil Se, Alaipayuthey, Kaakha Kaakha and Geethanjali.[9] The film eventually surfaced as a Gautham Menon film, with music by Rahman and cinematography by Manoj Paramahamsa, with Gautham stating that the film would be return to the love genre after having opted to direct action thriller post his debut venture, Minnale.[10]

Filming

A snap taken during the filming of the movie

The shooting started on February 14 and was held in several locations as Malta, Kerala, Chennai, Trichy, Thanjavur and Rome. The songs of the film was shot in Malta at sets and choreographed by Flexi Stu, a very famous choreographer. After striking gold at Music Chart's, the Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa team has planned to put more efforts to strike the audience with a good choreography of the hit song Aaromale. So the producers have called Trisha and Silambarasan for this shooting.

Reception

The film took a grand opening, grossing 64,66,062 rupees in its first three days in Chennai[11][12] The performances from Silambarasan and Trisha Krishnan have garnered largely positive reviews. The film also garnered positive reviews from other review websites like Rediff and Sify.

Soundtrack

Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa
Soundtrack by A. R. Rahman
Released January 12, 2010 (2010-01-12)
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn and AM Studios
Label Sony Music Entertainment
Producer A. R. Rahman
Professional reviews
A. R. Rahman chronology
Couples Retreat
(2009)
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa
(2010)
Komaram Puli
(2010)

The soundtrack was composed by Academy Award winning music director A. R. Rahman. After a world premiere at London on 19th December 2009, the audio was relaunched in Chennai on the 12th January 2010. The album consists of 7 tracks overall.

A. R. Rahman re-recorded the background music in London. Previously some re-recording of the score happened in Malta. Foreign nations are being used to perfect sounds using more expensive equipment. Like the beginning of Omana Penne was from Malta's expensive equipment.

Tracklist
Track Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Omana Penne"   Benny Dayal, Kalyani Menon 5:32
2. "Anbil Avan"   Devan Ekhambaram, Chinmayi 4:12
3. "Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa"   Karthik 3:12
4. "Hosanna"   Vijay Prakash, Suzanne D'Mello, Blaaze 5:30
5. "Kannukkul Kannai"   Naresh Iyer 3:52
6. "Mannipaaya"   A. R. Rahman, Shreya Ghoshal 6:56
7. "Aaromale"   Alphons Joseph 5:47
35:02

References

  1. ^ Daithota, Madhu (2009). "‘I don’t treat Naga Chaitanya like a star kid’". Times of India. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/regional/news-interviews/I-dont-treat-Naga-Chaitanya-like-a-star-kid/articleshow/5005397.cms. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya – The Silambarasan mystery unveiled". Behindwoods. 2009. http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-news-1/feb-09-02/vinnaithaandi-varuvaaya-13-02-09.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  3. ^ Moviebuzz (2009). "Simbu and Trisha go to Malta". Sify. http://sify.com/movies/tamil/fullstory.php?id=14887420. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  4. ^ "Silambarasan, Trisha, Gautam & Rahman in London!". Behindwoods. 2009. http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-news-1/dec-09-04/silambarasan-trisha-vinnaithaandi-varuvaaya-21-12-09.html. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  5. ^ Srinivasan, Pavithra (2010). "Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa is a must watch". Rediff. http://movies.rediff.com/report/2010/feb/26/review-vinnaithaandi-varuvaayaa.htm. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  6. ^ "Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya review". Sify. http://sify.com/movies/tamil/review.php?id=14933091&ctid=5&cid=2429. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  7. ^ "Will Gautham, Simbu and Rahman work together?". Indiaglitz. 2009. http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/article/44695.html. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  8. ^ Moviebuzz (2009). "Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya- Gautham-Simbu film?". Sify. http://sify.com/movies/fullstory.php?id=14853556&cid=2363. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  9. ^ Moviebuzz (2009). "Enter contest, win a chance to act in a Kollywood movie". Sify. http://sify.com/movies/Enter-contest-win-a-chance-to-act-in-a-Kollywood-movie-imagegallery-events-jdwmV4jjbfi.html. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  10. ^ Aishwarya, S (2009). "Gautam Menon now eyes the skies lovely with love". The Hindu. http://www.hindu.com/2009/03/03/stories/2009030357580200.htm. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  11. ^ http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movies-slide-shows/movie-4/top-ten-movies/tamil-cinema-topten-movie-vinnaithaandi-varuvaayaa.html
  12. ^ http://sify.com/movies/tamil/fullstory.php?id=14933568&cid=13525926

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