It has been a long-time since we saw a movie that revolved around classical music. Rajeev Menon after 18 years makes a comeback as director to come up with a movie that speaks about Carnatic music. Interestingly it speaks about a youngster Peter Keen to lean mridangam from a popular vidwan. There are social taboos that are a hurdle to his dream. How he accomplishes it forms the crux.
A music film with AR Rahman composing tunes and music director-turned-actor GV Prakash as hero. And Rajeev Menon helming it. It has aroused great expectations. The movie revolves around Peter(GV Prakash), son of mridangam maker Johnson (Kumaravel). Peter loves percussion and is a die-hard Vijay fan. Impressed seeing Sara (Aparna Balamurali), a nurse and falls for her. But Peter's life takes a turn when he attends a Carnatic music concert in which Palghat Vembu Iyer (Nedumudi Venu) plays mridangam. Impressed Peter wants to learn it from him. He idolises Vembu as his guru. But stands between them is Vembu's protege Mani (Vineeth).
Finally after impressing Vembu, Peter joins Vembu as sishya. But there begins lots of problems. What eventually happens forms the climax. GV Prakash has done it well. Music background helps him a lot. He is at ease. Displays what the role needed well. Aparna as Peter's lover has enough screen space. Kumaresan and Vineeth chip in well. An extended cameo by anchor Devadarshini was a surprise. But the scene-stealer is Nedumudi Venu. A spontaneous performer. He is the flesh and blood of the movie. Music by Rahman and Ravi Yadav's camera add strength.
Though it begins as story that indirectly speak about caste system, half way through it takes a middle path. And drama element is missed. But cheers to Rajeev Menon for conveying strong message -Only Change is Permanent.