Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum review: A complicated romance that doesn’t pretend to be anything else

Right from the word go, you know that Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum is not about people who are politically correct. We are introduced to Gautham (a powerfully convincing Harish Kalyan), who is searching for his lost soul in the mountains. And we are let into his introspection, as he ponders over his relationship with his Idhaya Rani. Gautham wears his baggage on the sleeve. It doesn’t take much to realise that he is broken, bearing the brunt of trauma. He swings between extremes, has temperament issues. But Ranjith Jeyakodi calls a spade, a spade. There is no glorification of Gautham’s toxic masculinity — an errant dialogue comes from a friend who changes her mind later. Right from his friends to Tara (Shilpa Manjunath), everyone knows Gautham is difficult. So do we, and that makes IRIR an extremely important film. Continue reading “Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum review: A complicated romance that doesn’t pretend to be anything else”

I feel we overrate love: Director Ranjit Jeyakodi

Ranjit Jeyakodi’s first film, Puriyatha Puthir, was anything but your average stereotypical love story, the darkness stemming from everything from its colour palette to its music. The title of his second, Ispade Raajavum Idhaya Raaniyum (IRIR), conjures up an image breezy romance, fuelled by the intimacy of the leads in its poster, and Harish Kalyan’s own chocolate boy image. But the film’s trailer was surprisingly intense and grim. He responds with a laugh when I ask him about his fascination with ‘dark romances’. “The idea isn’t to show the dark side of love. It is more about taking love seriously, to approach it with intimacy and depth,” he says, explaining that IRIR will be about relationships and their tribulations.

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‘Pyaar Prema Kaadhal is a perfect romantic comedy’: The Harish Kalyan and Raiza Wilson interview

Former Bigg Boss Tamil contestants Harish Kalyan and Raiza Wilson are teaming up again for Yuvan Shankar Raja’s first production venture, Pyaar Prema Kaadhal, which will hit screens today. Excerpts from a conversation.

Q. Pyaar Prema Kaadhal is an important project for both of you, especially after the success of Bigg Boss. Tell us about bagging the film.

Harish: Despite being in the industry for a while, I hadn’t gotten a big break. Bigg Boss gave me that. I wanted to use that mileage to reach newer heights and that is when Pyaar Prema Kaadhal came to me. The project by itself was quite interesting and to add, it had Yuvan Shankar Raja backing it. I felt that a love film, especially with Yuvan sir’s music, would be the right package for my career right now. Rather than dabbling with action, something like this could take me to the audience as an actor. The entire team was great. Elan, the director, might look young but he knows exactly what he wants. He made sure everything turned out the way we wanted it to. Continue reading “‘Pyaar Prema Kaadhal is a perfect romantic comedy’: The Harish Kalyan and Raiza Wilson interview”

Pyaar Prema Kaadhal movie review: Harish Kalyan and Raiza Wilson shine in a refreshingly sensible rom-com

The first half of Pyaar Prema Kaadhal was what I thought it would be. We have Sree (Harish Kalyan) ‘boy-next-door’ hero, whom we all only know too well. He is content with staring at a woman who works in the next building, says he loves her and wants to be with her. But he struggles to strike a basic conversation or even muster up the courage to say hi. On the other hand, we have Sindhuja (Raiza Wilson), the urbane woman who cusses without abandon, drinks, and has casual sex. Continue reading “Pyaar Prema Kaadhal movie review: Harish Kalyan and Raiza Wilson shine in a refreshingly sensible rom-com”

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