Normally I do not miss a Radhamohan film, because it always carries a feather touch effect, without creating a melodramatic or exaggerated impact on the viewers.This time it took me a little more time, to watch his latest release Brindhavanam. The title seems to find its relevance because the hero's name is Kannan and it deals with yet another aspect of romance. Though Arulnidhi naturally fits in to the role and delivers a neat performance it is Vivek who becomes the face lift of the film, by his mature adherence to the thumb rules of humour, with his well- tuned associate Cell Murugan who has not only been the consistent comedy side kick of Vivek but is also reputed for taking Vivek for a ride, quite unexpectedly. M.S Bhaskar the usual value addition to all Radha Mohan films, is his usual self, with a character befitting his calibre of acting.
Unlike most other Radha Mohan films, there is a lot of enjoyable comedy, thanks to the spontaneity and verbal twists that Vivek is capable of.While the genuine anguish of speechlessness was the poignant note of Mozhi, that captivated our imagination with the qualitative performance of Jyothika, Prakash Raj and Prithiviraj,Brindhavan takes us along the sportive track of pretended speechlessness of the hero, even after his restoration of speech, purely for the sake of drawing love and sympathy, as a survival mechanism. Arulnidhi has taken a lot of efforts in presenting the predicament of speech impairment as impressively as possible and has established himself as a growing actor.Of course,he could do this, only with with the vigorous vibration of the comedy track of Vivek.
Radha Mohan deserves a pat, for retaining his usual breezy narrative mode, in the line of veteran directors like Sridhar and K.Balachander, in mixing the sentimental decency of the former with the positive pragmatism of the latter.On the whole, the movie is meant for a decent family watch.