Hridayam Movie Review : A delicious collection of campus memories and the post-college life.
In the beginning, Arun and Darshana are first-year engineering students who fall in love shortly after college begins. And just as it is for most teenagers, life’s road ahead isn’t simple. Life has a lot of turns and twists that they weren’t expecting.
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Hridayam provides a unique, fun campus life for kids who want to feel at home on their own terms. At a time when college students seldom get to explore their university or make friends, Hridayam gives its version of a good campus experience and the opportunity for people who missed it to reminisce about their youth.
In the first year, Arun (Pranav Mohanlal) and Darshana (Darshana Rajendran) fall in love quickly after they start college. They’re head over heels for each other, but they don’t realize the common risks of campus romance. The relationship, love, and connections all experience significant changes as the story progresses. The movie also shows how Arun enters adulthood and how he manages its progression into different phases.
Director: Vineeth Sreenivasan
Writer: Vineeth Sreenivasan
Stars: Pranav Mohanlal, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Darshana Rajendran
Hridayam gives a distinct, enjoyable campus life to children who want to be on their own terms and experience being at university. At a time when college students are more likely to study or meet new people, Hridayam provides a unique version of the college experience as well as the opportunity for individuals who missed out on it to reflect on their youth.
Arun (Pranav Mohanlal) and Darshana (Darshana Rajendran) fall in love quickly at the start of their first year of college. They’re head-over-heels for each other, but they don’t realize all the dangers that come with campus romance. The film’s narrative revolves around Arun, an adolescent boy growing up in India who is afflicted with a rare brain condition that causes him to believe he is destined for great things. As the plot progresses, his relationships, love, and connections all change significantly. The story also depicts how Arun reaches adulthood and how he manages its development into different phases.
The film is lengthy at 172 minutes and could have been shortened for a stronger impact, especially in the second half. Also, there are moments when one might feel that the tale is a little too familiar and simple, particularly for those who experienced campus life during the early 2000s. From campus love and discovery of the right vocation to that of a family man, Arun’s life sometimes seems too easy. While life presents him with new challenges, it is difficult to sense much change in him, though there are a few conversations that attempt to portray a changed man’s image. Kalyani’s character, too, could have been fleshed out a little more, seeing as she entered the protagonist’s life after he went through one episode of the common meet-cute romance.
Hridayam is either ignorant of or apathetic about complexity, and he is frequently thoughtless. There’s no other explanation for why in Arun’s last scene, he asks a lady for help that harkens back to not only an earlier moment of love with one woman but also his toxic aggression against another. The finale is intended to be romantic and nostalgic, but it serves instead as a reminder of how little Hridayam ott values Arun’s repulsive avatar and the shallow nature of its progressivism.
This is the sort of film that one would bring home with a grin on their face, silly college experiences, and maybe even a tune in his or her mouth if you don’t particularly care about character developments.