VTV: A love story that never existed!
in town is talking about Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa;
about the beautiful romance, the understated Karthik
and the classy Jesse. Everyone is singing ‘Hosannas’
to the movie and its music. So, I have decided
to join the chorus and talk about VTV.
But, I won’t be singing in chorus with everyone
i.e. I am not going to talk about how the movie
made me feel romantic, about how I felt personally
connected to its characters and their lives and
about how it looked as if it was a very familiar
sweet romance playing out on screen. I won’t
be doing that because so many readers have already
done a wonderful job of it. That, I believe is
because of the nature of the emotion that the
film handles in elaborate detail – love.
And, with that I will stop singing ‘Hosanna’
and get down to what I want to say.
VTV trivialize love? I can already feel the brickbats
come my way. I have a fairly good indication of
how much the movie has been loved. But, before
you react, give me a
to explain completely.
The reason for me to feel that VTV might have treated
love a bit too casually comes from the way the Tamil
version ended. Yes, many have pointed out to the poetic
and agonizing nature of the ending as perhaps the best
part of the movie. But, however poetic it might have
been, the cold truth is that the romance never found
its culmination. In simple words – ‘the
love story failed’. What is so new about that,
you might ask? Love failures are dime a dozen in cinema.
In fact the most loved love stories happen to be the
ones that never made it through to marriage. Immortal
love stories like Romeo and Juliet, Indian favorites
like Ek Dhuje Ke Liye, or the Jack-Rose romance in Titanic
have the thread of tragedy connecting them. In essence,
they were all failed love stories. We could start another
debate here about what a failed love story means. Some
would perhaps contradict the view that any love story
that does not end in marriage is a failure. i.e. ‘marriage
is not a binding condition in all love stories. A love
story can still be a success without ending up in marriage!’
Now, I am not trying to breach moral ground here.
But, why did Gautham choose to go for separation instead
of marriage which was a perfectly plausible ending (the
Telugu version is proof). Of course, we have at many
times before discussed the liking that Gautham seems
to have for tragic love stories. Almost all his previous
films have one. The only change is that, in previous
films the tragedy was caused by something from without,
in VTV the decision to separate is made by the lovers
themselves and is made to appear practical.
The point, in precise terms is that, the decision taken
by Jesse seems to be one of convenience, rather than
one of compulsion, which is why I feel that VTV perhaps
trivialized love. Moreover, even Karthik was able to
come to terms with her decision in a very matter of
fact way. There is a quote: ‘Ever has it been
known that love knows not its depth until the hour of
separation’. VTV does not seem to comply with
this piece of wisdom. The separation part is made to
appear too easy a decision.
I disagree with Gautham in casting such an uncertain
character as Jesse in an intense love story. The character
seems unworthy, in the end, of all the attention being
showered upon her by Karthik. And, the entire romance
is made to look misplaced and misjudged. Yes, Karthik
did get inspired by his love story and went on to become
a director, but that is not the reason people fall in
love for. I am also not forgetting the parental side
(which definitely deserves a lot of consideration) that
also played a role in the final decision. But, in spite
of all the factors, Jesse’s plain and easy acceptance
of the love story’s fate makes one feel that her
initial commitment was either half-hearted or a complete
Looking at it that way, VTV is perhaps not the best
love story to have come out of Kollywood in a while.
Yes, there were moments of romance that tugged at your
heart. But, in the final analysis, one feels that the
real feeling never existed. The love story in VTV failed
because it never was there. Even if it was there, Jesse
seemed to be prepared to lose it fairly simply. She
seemed to believe in Lord Tennyson’s lines: ‘It
is better to have loved and lost than to have never
loved at all’. But, ‘lost’ here doesn’t
seem to be a conspiracy of fate; it looks like a program
from a software engineer. Hence I feel; VTV trivialized
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