The highly-anticipated sci-fi romantic comedy Adiyae starring G.V. Prakash Kumar is set to make its digital premiere soon after a lukewarm theatrical response. The film will be available for streaming on SonyLIV from September 29th onwards.
With its unique genre-bending narrative, Adiyae was expected to be a trendsetting Tamil film. However, mixed reviews have led the makers to swiftly announce an OTT release to cash in on the buzz. Nevertheless, the film has its share of admirers who appreciated the attempt at an unconventional story. Let’s take a closer look at what Adiyae has to offer the OTT audience.
What is Adiyae All About?
Adiyae revolves around Jeeva, played by G.V. Prakash Kumar, who has been in love with his schoolmate Senthazhini, essayed by Gouri Kishan, since childhood. When a dejected Jeeva meets with an accident as an adult, he is transported to an alternate utopian reality.
Here, he is a successful musician married to Senthazhini with an ideal life. Just as Jeeva starts enjoying this existence, he gets pulled back into the original depressing reality. The film depicts his efforts to reunite with Senthazhini in both worlds.
This unique storyline blending sci-fi and romance makes Adiyae an experimental attempt by director Vignesh Karthick. The film also stars Venkat Prabhu and RJ Vijay in key roles. But does the execution match up to the inventive premise? Let’s weigh the pros and cons.
Fresh Lead Pairing Falls Short of Potential
The biggest USP of Adiyae was the first-time pairing of real-life buddies G.V. Prakash Kumar and Gouri Kishan as the romantic leads. Prakash has delivered some fine performances in the last few years expanding his acting range. Gouri returns to the limelight after making an impressive debut as a child actor.
However, despite showing promise initially, the lead duo falters in terms of chemistry. Gouri seems constrained while Prakash tries hard to rise above the limitations in his character. Sadly, their real-life comfort doesn’t reflect much on screen and the romance fails to make an impact.
Screenplay Loses Steam Despite Novel Concept
Adiyae has one of the most fascinating story concepts seen in Tamil films recently. The parallel reality device and time travel provide ample fodder for turning the basic romantic premise on its head. Full credit to director Vignesh Karthick for back such an innovative script.
But many reviewers were unanimous in pointing out the lack of depth in the screenplay. The characters are one-dimensional with the motivations of the protagonist not being adequately established. The back and forth between the two contrasting realities becomes confusing after a point.
The consequences of meddling with timelines and realities are also not effectively incorporated. The writing loses steam gradually despite a winning idea. The ending is also criticized for being abrupt and ambiguous.
Venkat Prabhu’s Act Provides Comedy in Adiyae
Amidst a movie populated with characters lacking personality, Venkat Prabhu manages to make his presence felt. He appears as the scientist helping the hero transition between worlds. But his alternate reality character of filmmaker Gautham Vasudev Menon is a riot.
Prabhu has a field day parodying Gautham Menon’s mannerisms in uproarious fashion. From the affected English dialogues to corny philosophizing, he is spot on in his self-deprecating act. This track provides some genuine laughs and comes as a breather from the emotional heaviness of the main story.
Visuals and Music Impress
If there is one department where Adiyae manages to rise above its flaws, it is the technical side. Cinematographer Gokul Benoy captures the contrasting tones of the parallel worlds nicely. The production design and VFX are also suitably futuristic lending an inventive sheen.
Composer Justin Prabhakaran delivers a versatile and catchy soundtrack that complements the unusual genre. From the peppy “Mudhal Kaadhal” to the mellifluous “Vaa Senthaazhini”, his tunes impress. The visuals and music help cover up for deficiencies in other aspects.
Watch It for a Novel Spin on the Romance Template
On the whole, Adiyae emerges as an experimental attempt at providing something beyond the done-to-death romantic plots in Tamil cinema. It has a fascinating premise and appreciable technical finesse. At the same time, the loopholes in writing water down the effectiveness eventually.
But viewers tired of cliched romances can give Adiyae a shot when it arrives on OTT. Despite flaws, it represents a novel spin on the commercial film template. Watch it for GV Prakash and Gouri’s unconventional pairing, Venkat Prabhu’s antics and the interplay between parallel realities.
Adiyae OTT Release Date: Where to Watch Adiyae Online?
After a nearly one month theatrical run, Adiyae is ready to OTT release starting September 29th. The film will be available exclusively on the popular streaming platform SonyLIV.
SonyLIV has emerged as the go-to destination for high-profile direct-to-digital Tamil releases over the past couple of years. Big star vehicles like Dhanush’s Jagame Thandhiram, Silambarasan’s Maanaadu and Suriya’s Etharkkum Thunindhavan have all opted for premiere releases on SonyLIV.
By acquiring the digital rights for Adiyae, SonyLIV has continued the trend of hosting major Tamil releases soon after theatrical bows. Viewers can watch Adiyae along with several other recent Tamil films on the platform with a starting monthly price of just ₹299. So sci-fi and romance aficionados can easily check out this genre-bending flick.