This is one of my favorite songs. In fact, this is one of my favorite movies. Its a movie that’s way ahead of its times. Sripriya’s performance as Manju is one of her best till date. She’s again one of those actress whose talent kinda went undiscovered behind cleavage showing dresses and running around trees duet. I’m glad she’s taken to direction now!
With one of the most interesting Rajni-Kamal combinations, Kamal’s the idealist, a feminist who believes in women’s liberation is friends with Rajni, who’s not a bad guy but just an average man who looks at women as objects of pleasure. Some of the conversations they have about women in general are very straight forward and each of them is passionate about their belief system. There’s this one frame where Kamal stands on the terrace smoking a beedi in the middle of the night thinking about Sripriya. Its a shot of contemplation that’s unpretentious and just plain. I think its that plainness that adds beauty to the story.
Sripriya’s character has to be the most interesting portrayal of a woman in Tamil cinema till date. She’s not predictable, or cute, or bubbly. She’s a woman with her own baggage, a scarred past and an attitude that throws everyone off balance including the man who’s drawn to her. She’s almost little imbalanced. But even there, there’s a struggle that goes on within her to save her dignity and her self respect. After watching Sripriya in this movie, I wanted to play it to the Trisha, Asin type heroines whose only acting skill involves chasing a hero and squealing when the villan comes after them. I’m not saying Sripriya didn’t get typecast, she did. In quite a few movies like Billa, Vazhve mayam where all she was required to do was wear skimpy clothes. But at least counter the effect of those with at least one movie like this in your career. I know I’m digressing, but I’m still baffled that Simbu and Trisha of all people won a Kalaimamani award. You’ve got to be kidding me if acting like movies like Alai, Aaru, Vallavan, Thirupachi, et al qualify as service to cinema.
Moving along, this song especially, coming from the bandwagon that believes in promoting the hypocritical chastity of women, consoles the women who’s just got out of a bad relationship. This man tells her that its a phase and that she’ll find love again. I was quite surprised ‘cos I can’t recall even more recent movies talking about breakups in matter-of-fact manner. There’s very little information available about this movie and I’m not sure who the lyricist is but I’m inclined to believe it is Kannadasan. What lines! The depth behind the words baffled me. I’m not a very big fan of poetry in general, but this guy is God! Another stalwart here is Ilayaraja. There’s no other musician who understands the intricacies of a song better. This song’s strength is its lines. The music just flows around the words so beautifully, almost adorning them. Even this tune is so matter-of-factly.
The most refreshing thing about this movie is its non-judgmental narrative. Everything, from its title that reads “that’s just her” (loosely translated), to the portrayal of Manju, who’s character and openness scares everyone around her, to Rajni, who talks about generalises all women with a grin and a drink in his hand. Now, this is bold cinema cos it justifies nothing!