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Starring: Jai, Vijayalakshmi, Nizhalgal Ravi, Lollu Sabha Jeeva.
Direction: M. Prabhu
Music: Premji Amaren
Production: Lakshmi Pictures
Can you hate someone you once loved? Different people might have different answers to the question based on their experiences and Adhe Neram Adhe Idam (ANAI) explores this. In such a theme, the sensitivity with which the entire film is handled is of utmost importance and it is sad that ANAI falls flat in this respect.

At the start of the film, Jai and Vijayalakshmi are in love, which we are made to believe is sincere; though the way the romance has been depicted on screen does little in this direction. The customary opposition from the families is absent this time, the match is accepted without much ado. But, Jai wants to find his feet in the world before entering marriage and lands a job in Australia. He leaves with the promise of returning to take Vijayalakshmi’s hand in marriage. Does their love stand the test of separation?

A third person gets involved and the lives of all three of them take an unexpected course of events. While Jai is blissfully unaware of what is happening, the third person too does not have a clue, only Vijayalakshmi knows fully about the implication of what she is allowing to happen. A ‘practical’ decision is taken and love flies out of the window. But fate makes the roads of the lovers cross again with the third person being the felicitator of the meeting.
  Adhe Neram Adhe Idam
What happens when old lovers meet, emotions are rekindled and the breach of faith is recounted?

The basic premise of the film being love, it is imperative that the romance clicks with the audience for the film to work. However, as mentioned above, there is little that makes us feel for the lead pair. Neither their love, separation nor reunion after a long time is able to evoke any interest which is the major flaw of ANAI. Even the third person, whose life also gets entangled in this uninteresting love story, fails to grab attention. The film basically drones along at a monotonous pace with no surprises, twists or turns to make the audience sit up. The whole film-making process seems to be amateurish, scenes are just too lengthy and there is a general lack of cohesion.

The film depicts love as a weak emotion which is easily forgotten by one of the characters after some parental cajoling. There seems to be no concrete reason, it is as if love meant only very little to that person. Also, in this era of lightning communication, the lovers are not shown to be in contact when they are separated by long distances, which is hard to believe. The acceptance of such a depiction by the youngsters in the audience is highly improbable. ANAI also, at times, tries to state that the fairer sex has got a short memory and an unscrupulous conscience when it comes to love. The ladies in the audience might take strong offence to this.

In a film that fails to hold the audiences attention right from the start, the actors have very little in terms of scope to perform. Vijayalakshmi, one must say, has surprised (maybe even shocked, perhaps a bit more than necessary) with her choice of the role; one with a weak conscience and loose morals (as shown close to the climax). Premji Amaran’s music is another sore point of the movie. Songs apart, it is the background score that sticks out for its inappropriateness at many points.

Adhe Neram Adhe Idam is an effort that has missed its mark by quite some distance. The jaded narration, monotonous pace and lack of emotion will be the major factors that work against it. Also, at the end of it all, one is left wondering whether the title really has got anything to do with the movie.

Verdict: Soulless romance, selfish marriage!

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