Plot – Brindhavanam is quintessential Radha Mohan cinema; it has good humour, lots of mush, some romance, family drama and the feel good factor going in its favour. The main driving force of the film is the relationship between a deaf, mute youngster and a big cinema star (Vivek playing himself). How the latter plays a key role in shaping every aspect of the former’s life is the crux of the tale.
– Radha Mohan sticks to his guns and delivers all that he is known for; a completely family friendly film!
– It is Arulnithi’s best performance till date. He beautifully communicates using sign language and charms one and all.
– One film old Tanya is expressive and highly confident. After a lacklustre debut in Balle Vellaya Theva, she has been utilized well by Radha Mohan.
– Brindhavanam is like a tribute to Vivek; his fans will just love it. There are references to his earlier famous comedy tracks and his dialogs, topical counters work big time. The Arulnithi – Vivek combination scenes are cracking.
– The Radha Mohan regulars like MS Bhaskar, Thalaivasal Vijay and Senthil (also seen in Uppu Karuvadu) do their bits. But Bhaskar is getting typecast as the gentle, ageing do-gooder.
– Pon Parthiban’s dialogues, the funny ones as well as the serious ones, click well. The cool Ooty locations are a sight for sore eyes in this unrelenting summer heat.
– Vishal Chandrasekhar’s background score complements the sentimental scenes well. Among the songs, ‘Yaar’ sung by SPB is a delightful piece, though it does sound similar to ‘Kaatrin Mozhi’
– The film is long drawn-out towards the end, making the viewer restless for the final scene. This could have been worked out in a much crisper way by the director and editor.
– The melodrama quotient in the latter part of the second half could’ve been toned down.
Final Word – Brindhavanam is bound to work well with the elitist, multiplex crowd. Arulnithi continues to take confident steps forward while it’s a welcome return to form for Vivek, who is like a parallel hero in a full-fledged part.