- Producer : S. Nanthagopal
- Staring : Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha Krishnan
- Director : C Prem Kumar
- Music Director : Govind Menon
- Cinematography : Mahendiran Jeyaraju, N. Shanmuga Sundaram
- Story : C Prem Kumar
- Screenplay : C Prem Kumar
A very rare poignant love story has garnered huge positive response all around before the release of the film. Even few other celebs also shared their positive views on the movie. As like the tollywood’s prominent producer Dil Raju after watching the movie felt that the film is so real in its own kind and wished to remake it in telugu. So the veteran producer bagging the remake rights of this tamil movie has lead to many talks about the film. The film stars Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha Krishnan in the lead roles. The first collaboration of the talented lead pair in Kollywood Film Industry is raising many good expectations and hoping for a real super hit.
STORY: Vijay Sethupathi in & as K Ramachandran aka Ram who is a renowned travel photographer. We travel with Ram to the places he visits. He comes back to his hometown Tanjore and pays a visit to his school, setting him off on a path down memory lane. Later Ram calls his friend Murali (Bagavathi – Perumal), who adds him to a dormant WhatsApp group. Once the 96 batchmates, they plan a reunion in their high school where both sweethearts Ram and (Trisha Krishnan) Janaki Devi aka Janu meet each other after a long gap of 22 years. Ram and Janu go through a flood of emotions when they meet each other at their reunion. From then we get to see Ram and Janu’s adorable teenage romance intercut with sequences of the reunion as their young days take us back to their school days which express the pure unconditional love.
The second half is full of heart-warming conversations between the two and one can’t help for their situations but feel for them. And also its all about the two mature people expressing their love for each other. In a particular scene, Ram and Janu have a deep conversation. They know that their relationship has limitations and cannot take it anywhere. Yet still, Ram & Janu will bring out their courage to find out why and where they failed in stitching together in a relationship. That spirit of emotion from Ram and Janu tells the importance of letting go whom you really love.
PERFORMANCES: The performances are a main asset of the film. Every actor in the film have done the complete justice to their roles. Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha gave their career best performances and the way they convey their emotions with their eyes are the real magical moments to watch Adithya Bhaskar and Gouri Kishan play the young roles of Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha Krishnan respectively. Both of them Adithya and Gouri have delivered their tremendous performances despite being newcomers. Even other actors like Bagavathi Perumal, Aadukalam Murugadoss, Janagaraj, Devadarshiniand many others were settled in their roles.
OTHER ASPECTS OF THE FILM: Mahendiran Jeyaraju, N. Shanmuga Sundaram are the cinematographers of the movie who have come up with some extraordinary visuals in the film. camera work in the movie is so real & natural. Govind Menon’s music is the soul of the film even the BG of the film created magic. Editing by R. Govindaraj was excellent and neat. Technically, the film is good with all needed elements for the movie. Finally, C Prem Kumar’s direction was decent and impressive as well.
VERDICT: 96 is a poignant romantic tale of Ram and Janu which will make you nostalgic with the emotional feel on the other side. The performances in the film of every actor makes the movie a winner. While all other crafts were simple & good. It seems like the director has given the authority only to the acting of the actors to lead the film from front where other key departments have carried the soul.
BOTTOM LINE: 96 is a real tribute to unconditional love and it was the brilliant performances backed by a strong script makes the film as an outstanding attempt.