3 set in urban-centric backdrop deals with the 3 phases love and its ramifications between a couple. This is not a mainstream entertainer but probes a tricky psychiatric situation. The film opens with a suicide note hinting that it is not a smooth flowing love story.
Ram (Dhanush) and Janani (Shruthi Hassan) fall in love while they are students of 12th class. Their romance is opposed by their parents, but the couple grow more closer. Under exceptional circumstances, they get married. Their happy married life gets a rude shock when it is discovered that Ram suffers from Bipolar Disorder, a psychological disease marked by alternating mood swings of mania and depression. How they cope with the situation has to be watched on the screen.
Dhanush gives a scintillating performance. His portrayal as the schoolboy, an intense youthful lover and a manic-depressive husband is truly dramatic and convincing. Shruthi Hassan is a credible foil to Dhanush and her performance is outstanding. All others do well in their supporting roles.
How a girl falls in love, marries her lover and finds him psychologically ill is a new and novel plot. The dialogues are meaningful. Aishwarya’s screenplay, slowing down the flow of narration in the latter half, can be attributed to the debut blues or the director’s take on reflecting the impossibility of maintaining a wedded relationship. Music, of course, is on everyone’s lips. Cinematography is remarkable.
3 can be described as an engaging psychological mystery and can be watched for the wonderful performances of Dhanush and Shruthi. The ecstasy of the first half and the agony of the second are strictly for the multiplex cinema buffs. A mere Kolaveri Di may not make the film set the box office on fire. However, Aishwrya R Dhanush should be appreciated for her bold effort.
The Cast ad Crew
Dhanush, Shruti Hassan, Prabhu, Siva Karthikeyan,Sundar Ramu, Bhanupriya, Rohini and Others
Music : Aniruddh Ravichander
Cinematography : Vel Raj
Producer: Kasthuri Raja
Banners : R. K. Productions and Wunderbar Films
Director: Aishwrya R Dhanush
3 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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