Boy meets girl and they fall in love. They encounter troubles, overcome all odds and finally hold hands. This is what a romantic story means in Tamil cinema. Debutant filmmaker Andrew Louis has consciously chosen to deviate from this cliched path to render a rom-com that is interesting and entertaining. Filmmakers today take a wafer-thin storyline, lace it up with quick unfolding of events and load with comedy to make it count. 'Leelai' is exactly a similar attempt. But Andrew Louis has made the movie sophisticated and the romance is narrated in an interesting manner.
With a host of new faces (Shiv Pandit and Mansi play the lead roles), 'Leelai' begins as a campus crackle and takes twists and turns to hold our attention but ends in an pleasant manner. When things seems to go slow, enters Santhanam and the pace takes the top gear. No prizes for guessing as Santhanam plays hero's friend.
Karthik (Shiv Pandit) is a happy-go-fun-loving youngster. He loves to lure women. He loves developing a crush on them. In the same college studies Malar (Mansi). They cross each other and hot air blows between them. Obviously they develop hatred towards each other.
Days go by and they pass out of college to end up with a job in a software firm. Malar works in the HR department. Karthik avoids any contact with Malar. But fate has other plans. Seeing her once, Karthik's heart go beating and his idea about life changes.
04:09 PM, May 16, 2012
Cast: Shiv Pandit, Manasi Parekh, Santhanam, Suhasini Raju Director: Andrew Louis A meticulously crafted screenplay, well fleshed out characters, and some natural performances makes Leelai an engaging watch. Andrew Louis in his very first effort (apprenticed with S J Suryah) moves his scenes with total confidence and focus, rarely losing his grip on the narration. The plot centres on Kartik, a compulsive flirt, who gets caught in a web of...
03:05 PM, May 05, 2012
New Delhi: He neither drinks, nor does he smoke - but actor Shiv Pandit went out of his way to learn how to roll joints for Shaitan. "We had a lot of workshops for Shaitan to get the right chemistry on screen. So in one of those workshops, we learnt how to roll joints. We have shown the use of drugs in the film, and it was really interesting to...
12:22 PM, May 23, 2011
Actor Shiv Pandit, who plays one of the lead roles in director-producer Anurag Kashyap's next production Shaitan, met with an accident on Wednesday when a taxi smashed into his car at Versova, in Mumbai. He was unhurt. The incident took place at the corner of Kashyap's office lane. "I was taking a right turn to enter Anurag's lane when this guy just smashed into my car," Shiv confirmed. "I had...
11:45 AM, May 12, 2011