REVIEW: The Movie Ends, But the Story Stays With You

  • 11 Oct 2018
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Ram is a photographer and nature lover who travels all around India capturing moments. On a chance visit to his hometown Tanjavur, he goes into his school and begins to walk down memory lane to 1994 when he was a student harboring feelings for his classmate Janu.

Ulagam Rating: 4.5/5

Our Thoughts:

This movie is an art. Every scene felt like a dream but also very real. We can just imagine how much effort went into each frame. Director Premkumar is an intriguing storyteller, and in the backdrop of a simple high school love story, he has managed to immortalise Ram and Janu in the hearts of Tamil audience.

As much as we adore tragic love stories like Thalapathy, Uyir, Madrasapattinam, and VTV, '96 is an entirely different experience. It's difficult to point out any one aspect of the movie to justify its uniqueness. From the casting, music, editing to the overall setting, everything just flows together almost effortlessly. 

Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha were overshadowing each other with every scene. We can't seem to decide who did better. Their younger versions Aditya Bhaskar and Gauri Kishan perfectly fit in the movie and made us crave more for their scenes together. These characters played remarkably well. Their eyes spoke more than their mouths. The silence meant more than the dialogues. 

Never before I've struggled to review a movie as much as I'm struggling now, simply because it cannot be expressed in words how well this movie has turned out to be. 

What We Loved:

Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha's Chemistry,  Cinematography, Background Score, Kadhale Kadhale song, Overall Casting, Pace of the Story, and Editing  

Not a Big Fan of:

The ending, it broke my heart to see these two go their separate ways. It's the right thing to do, but it was painful to watch.


Even when the movie ends in the theatre, the story stays with you, FOR DAYS. Be ready for a rollercoaster of emotions and of course, don't forget to bring tissues as you will cry or at least tear up during most of the scenes. This movie is a must-watch, especially if you had a high school sweetheart or a crush. *wink*

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