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Language : Tamil
Banner : Balaji Real Media
Director : Prem Nizar
Producer : T.Ramesh
Music: SS Thaman
Release : 2012 May 25
Starring : Anoop, Vimal, Nisha Agarwal, Parvathi Nifran, Santhanam, Pragathi, Yuvarani

Director Prem Nizar falls between two stools with Ishtam, a remake of Telugu Yemaindi Ee Vela. It is a rom-com set in an urban milieu and wants to portray 'relationship' in an old fashioned manner.

The film is about the youth of today who are into pre-marital sex, disdain for parents and live life their way. The director wants to show that the youth maybe having a ball, but at the end of the day they are conservative and old fashioned in love and marriage.

Two young people Saravanan (Vimal) and Sandhya (Nisha Agarwal) fall in love after some initial misunderstandings. Both come from affluent families and seem to be modern in their approach. They have pre-marital sex and get married.

However their married life is short lived and leads to a mutual divorce due to element of suspicion. Saravanan and Sandhya meet other people and move on. But deep down they are still crazy about each other and soon realize in the climax that they are made for each other.

Ishtam's biggest drawback is its star cast. Vimal just does not fit into the urban cool dude role. His English pronunciation (the word Xerox he says as jerox!) has the audiences laughing loud. He is uncomfortable doing bedroom scenes with the heroine and sticks out like a sore thumb. Heroine Nisha Agarwal is a spitting image of her more famous sister Kajal. She looks glamorous but needs to go to an acting school to improve her acting and lip sync.

Santhanam one can say is the only silver lining in the film. But how long can he go on playing hero's friend and saying almost the same one-liners on a variety of subjects ( figure, liquor, and anti-women dialogues galore) in film after film? It looks like the producers of the film got his dates and completed all his scenes in an apartment!

Thaman's music is nothing much to talk about and songs picturised in foreign locations are thrust in to the story at frequent intervals. On the whole there is nothing new in Prem Nizar's film and gets a bit tedious and preachy towards the climax.

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