Gautham Menon, who's known for weaving memorable romantic fables, attempts to recreate yet another love story with the promise that it could be anybody's love story, but in the process only manages to paint a clich\xe9d story. Though the premise of the film is very true to most modern-day love stories, but doesn't engage the viewer as much as one might have anticipated.
Jiiva and Samantha play Varun and Nithya respectively. They hit it off quite early on in their lives from second grade, and since then keep parting ways at regular junctures in life, only to eventually meet and part again. All this boils down to a corny climax where one can easily guess what's about to unfold.
Gautham is better off giving us spine-chilling thrillers such as â€œVettaiyaadu Vilayaduâ€ and â€œKaakha Kaakhaâ€. Though he was greatly appreciated for â€œVinnaithaandi Varuvaayaâ€, I now feel that it actually wasn't as brilliant as it was hyped. I'd still prefer watching â€œMinnaleâ€ all over again rather than sitting through any of his other love stories.
As mentioned above, NEP smartly captures moments of a relationship and reconstructs them on screen to show us exactly how modern-day love stories unfold. But, what doesn't work in the favour of the film is that it shows how clich\xe9d most real life love stories are, and that may or may not impress everybody in the audience. In this effort, the film proves two things - you can either be practical and get on with life when you're relationship isn't working or do what it takes to make your relationship to be with your significant other.
Jiiva and Samantha, both play their parts quite well right from the start to the end. Since the story spans many generations, there was a need for them to bring about some difference in their acting, which they brought forth brilliantly. But, at times, you feel that Sam was little melodramatic and annoying by being little loud.
Santhanam and newcomer Vidyu fit into their roles well and provide a few gigs to sit back and enjoy. While, the fit the supporting roles convincingly, but sadly don't get any meaty part to play.
NEP is not even close to VTV and miles away from â€œMinnaleâ€.view less