Engeyum Eppodhum is a film directed by M.Saravanan, assistant director of Murugadoss. The film is jointly by A.R.Murugadoss and Fox Star Studios. It stars Jai, Anjali, Ananya and Sarvanand.The music has been composed by Sathya.
First of all, Engeyum Eppodhum is not a romantic comedy. Though it has a gentle dose and healthy, realistic humor (not seen generally in Tamil cinema), it remains largely a dramatic film. As a film, Engeyum Eppodhum cannot be slotted in a particular kind of genre. Generally it can be concluded as a romance-drama film.
Then, you do not have the usual Kollywood formula of villain, fights and chasing scenes. The path of romance for the love birds runs very smooth and clean here. No clash of egos, no fight between the leads etc.There are duets, and they are shot in streets of Chennai and Trichy.No foreign locations for song and no item numbers.Engeyum Eppodhum is a pretty non-formulaic, different kind of a Tamil film that audiences here do not see often.
Jai plays a character named Kathiresan and Anjali plays a character named Manimegalai.They both travel to Jai’s native village from Trichy on a bus going to Chennai. Also there is actress Ananya, who plays a very sweet character called Amuda, who is going from a bus from Chennai to Trichy for the purpose of meeting her lover. Incidentally, her lover Sarvanand, who plays the role of Gautham, also goes from Chennai for the same purpose along with Jai and Anjali. What happens next is the story.
The opening scene features two buses colliding with each other on the highway. And we get to know that these are the buses in which the lead pairs are traveling. So what happens to them? Do they die along with the other passengers or do they live? There is also subtle message in the film against over speeding.
The characters Kathiresan and Amuda just reminisce about how love came into both of their lives.Kathiresan living in Trichy, is a worker in a tools factory earning 9000 per month. He just occasionally flirts with Manimegalai who is living in a house in a nearby street. Then Anjali tests Jai’s love for her.Afterwards, love blossoms between the two. The chemistry between the actors is truly great but the characterization of Anjali is reasonably flawed.So, Anjali is not truly able to perform to her potential.Jai does a good job. The romantic angle between Jai and Anjali is not that sparkling in the film. But some of the healthy humor in the film comes from the situations that Jai faces due to their love.
Coming to the other love story, Amuda comes to Chennai for a job interview. She waits for her aunt at the Koyambedu bus stop but she does not come due to busy work.So she requests a stranger Sarvanand in telephone, to drop Amuda standing at the bus stand to the interview place.As she is new to Chennai, Sarva assists her. He faces some taxing situations due to this issue. Finally, he does the assigned job and leaves her at the aunt’s house. Romance blossoms in Amuda after she leaves Chennai to go back to Trichy.
Cut back to the present, you will see the two buses approaching Villupuram.Some of the characters in the bus are shown differently. You have a dad who is going to meet his kid for the first time after working for five years in Dubai. You have a very young, smart looking college guy trying hard to romance another young women co-passenger at bus. And you have a group of young looking schoolgirls going to Chennai after winning the cup in a sports event.
As the bus accident occurs, humanitarian efforts take over. Sarvanand and Anjali help the wounded passengers by getting them out of the bus to the hospital vans. Also you have locals of the accident area doing their bit.Kathiresan (Jai) dies tragically in hospital and Manimegalai (Anjali) is distraught. All other relatives of the dead passengers cry out loud.Amuda (Ananya) is shown to be critical but she recovers.
All the actors and supporting characters do a great job!!
The screenplay is tight.The direction is good.
The music composed by debutant Sathya is good.