The story revolves through three different life stages of Varun and Nithya's life.

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Jiiva ...
Varun Krishnan
Samantha Ruth Prabhu ...
Nithya Vasudevan
Santhanam ...
Vettri ...
Jiiva Friend
Ravi Raghavendra ...
Varun's Father
Ravi Prakash ...
Harish
Vidyullekha Raman ...
Jenny
Sriranjani ...
Nithya's Mother
Anupama Kumar ...
Varun's Mother
Khushi Jain ...
Young Nithya
Christine Thambuswamy
Maanav ...
Young Arun
Saran ...
Young Harish
Dhanya Balakrishna ...
Nithya's Friend
Shriya Sharma ...
Nithya's Sister
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Varun and Nithya are childhood friends from the age of eight. They fight and break up when in school and in college too they repeat the rigmarole of falling in love and then breaking up over silly issues. Finally, they meet once again at 25. And once more history repeats itself till the inevitable happens all over again. Written by Rajiv

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A Tamil Movie in a Musical template exploring the modern on/off love in a urban setting
17 December 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This was one among the most awaited movie of the season for the following reasons. The return of Gautham Vasudev Menon to rise above the success of his previous outing ' Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya', Buzz created by the soothing rhythms of Ilayaraaja and the on screen chemistry of Jiiva & Samantha in teasers. So were the expectations satisfied? Let's see it at the end.

The whole movie had a feel of a mash up between a sitcom and a musical which was very new to the audience. The never changing attitude of the pair (literally) plays the villain in this romantic story. In fact we shouldn't blame the director for this because within 15 minutes of the movie, there is a dialogue by Samantha (Nithya) which goes like the core character of a person is fixed by the time he/she celebrates second birthday. So by that logic, the protagonists never change their attitude or their way of approach in mending their lost love. Though logical, it was excruciating for us to sit through the climax and watch them brood over their failed connect in the same manner again and again.

Santhanam plays a mellowed down, friend of protagonist role and he largely succeeds by his timing and body language. In fact he pushes the movie through scenes which would have been dampener without him.

The classic dilemma of a boy from middle class is well brought out by Jiiva (Varun) and it could have been portrayed much better, for his character is not well written as Samantha's. The Director does go overboard with evoking nostalgia factor, and it makes us wonder if we are watching a Murali or Mohan movie of early 90s in select scenes. Though the songs were wonderful to hear, the placement of the songs in the second half tested our patience and it played spoilsport in understanding the intensity of the feel that was supposed to be created between the protagonists.

On the whole, NEP fares a bit low when compared to its nemesis VTV because of its shoddy character development and asynchronous writing. Climax aids its descent in audience satisfaction graph to a new low making them squirm in their seats. Instead of making the audience feel passionately about Varun and Nithya to reunite, the shoddy climax makes the audience go ballistic, for them to unite so that the movie would end.

Hence the conclusion is, though the expectations were all satisfied in various degrees; still the overall feel among moviegoers is bit damp for they were felt letdown by the director for his haphazard climax Yet the best part is the arrival of Samantha as an able actress to play a pivotal role in a movie and she deserves due appreciation for it.

NEP : Still qualifies to be an Ideal Date movie, but take care to guard her ears from the verbal abuses in theatre, towards the end of the movie.


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