Reviewed by Madhukar KR
36 Vayadhinile (English: At the age of thirty six) is an Indian Tamil comedy drama film directed by Rosshan Andrrews, written by Bobby Sanjay and produced by Suriya under his production studio 2D Entertainment. It is an official remake of the Malayalam film How Old Are You (2014), the film features Jyothika in the leading role, while Rahman essays a supporting role. It marked the comeback of one of the most celebrated actresses in Tamil cinema, Jyothika, and her performance has been the highlight of positive critical reviews.
The film carries an important message about women liberation and awareness about today’s contaminated vegetables available in market. It highlights the importance of Organic home grown vegetable farming. The central theme of the movie has a striking resemblance to Sridevi’s English Vinglish though the plot lines are different.
Vasanthi (Jyothika) works in a government department is married to a self centred male chauvinistic man Tamilselvan (Rahman) who often takes advantage of the innocence and submissive nature of his wife. Vasanthi also has a teenage daughter who seldom respects her. Circumstances lead Jyothika to get bogged down towards family duties and has now lost her self identity. How does Jyothika come out of this situation to salvage her self respect and dignity as a woman forms the rest of the storyline.
Jyothika delivers one of her career best performances in this film. Since the film carries a family theme with a social message it can be watched by all family audiences without any hesitation. The film slightly falters in terms of the concept woven around the President of India which seems a bit too far fetched. But Jyothika’s dialogue delivery and screen presence makes us forgive all that giving us a wholesome family entertainer.
We give our thumbs up for this Jyothika starrer made by her own husband Suriya.
Directed by Rosshan Andrrews
Produced by Suriya
Written by Viji (dialogues)
Screenplay by Bobby Sanjay
Story by Roshan Andrews
Music by Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography R. Diwakaran
Edited by Mahesh Narayanan
May 15, 2015