Director: Gautham Vasudev Menon
Navarasa, an anthology of 9 emotions, created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan has brought together 9 directors and a huge star cast to convey 9 stories. Guitar Kambi Mele Nindru is one of the nine episodes. The episode explores the rasa ‘Shringara’ means erotic love/romantic love and in simple words it is attraction.
‘Hi Malini, its Krishnan’ It’s been more than ten years since the duo (Gautham Vasudev Menon – Suriya) created magic onscreen. The episode begins on the sets of a musical stage in a foreign country where seasoned musician Kamal performs and here comes the flashback. Kamal lives in Tamilnadu with his mother and the release of the film he has composed music for has been delayed again. His mother consoles him and says people will listen to your music no matter what, while Kamal convinces his mother to shift to London to explore his art.
Kamal’s mom admiring his music
Later the mamma’s boy Kamal meets Nethra in his studio and goes head over heels seeing the twenty-two year old girl. In turn, the girl expresses that she is a huge fan of his music and the musician is struck by how much her words echo the supportive words of his mother and what follows is a musical love story with cheesy, romantic lines. On the tenth day both Kamal and Nethra confess their love for each other and admits that it is forever. After two years Kamal in his musical stage admits she is not his life anymore says ‘Not important how or why’. The director didn’t focus on a happily ever after love story, he tried to deliver the Shringara rasa, the emotion and is evidently seen throughout.
When Kamal owned the stage with his music and charm.
Suriya after an intense performance in Soorarai pottru is back with his charm. Prayaga Martin tries to do justice to the role within the limited scope of the screenplay. Karthik took over the film and the emotion with his music. The transition from Beethoven’s to Tamil melody leave the audience in awe.
Guitar Kambi Mele Nindru doesn’t follow an interesting story plot but the visuals and the songs keep the audience engaged. The episode closes with scenes of Kamal and Nethra played in reverse, stopping just before the moment they meet for the first time. ‘Aval parandhu ponale, ennai marandhu ponale’ the last episode ends with this heart-breaking yet magical song. An earnest Suriya, romantic melodies and amazing visuals are the primary takeaways from this episode of Navarasa.
Check out the detailed Navarasa review here!