Sex comedies are awkward affairs in India, due to censorship which despite doling out the adult rating ensures that film has to be trimmed off most scenes and dialogues. At the end this results in films like Masti, Grand Masti and so on. In the end, there is no sex, just a series of gags with double entendre which appear borrowed from Whatsapp groups.
It is also difficult to make an adult comedy, because most top actors refuse to do. Another factor is the production cost, due to moral policing and archaic laws, adults films need to be recertified again for TV viewing where a major portion of the film is once again trimmed for universal viewing. This is like a person eating chicken Biryani without a single piece of chicken in it. In a state like TN, an adult certified film does not get a tax benefit and to add to the producer’s woes even ticket prices are capped, which makes adult film a losing proposition.
I was surprised that Tamil filmmakers of Trisha Illana Nayanthara went around town saying, it is an adult film and should be watched only by adults. At the outset let me tell you Trisha Illana Nayanthara is a sexless comedy about sex. The comedy in the film is not even crude, it does not make you laugh or cringe. Is this film watchable? Well if you are exposed to American Pie’s of the world then this would be a tame film.
I was surprised that for a sex comedy which is targeted towards a male audience, the film has strong female characters.
Ramya (Anandhi) is an unusual female lead for Tamil character. She is the one who proposes to Jeeva (G. V. Prakash). She is the one who calls him for a night out. At the same time, when she comes to know about a rumour spread about her character, she loses no time to chide Jeeva and call of her relationship.
Ramya is the person who wears the pants in their relationship, she is the first one who realises that she has confused raging hormones with love, when it is infatuation.
Even after a few years, when Jeeva meets Ramya. Ramya is the person who has grown up and she is the one who handle his attention, but Ramya makes it clear they are friends. These are parts of the film, which throws the light on man-woman relationship in modern India. Twenty years ago hardly any women worked in India, with changing economics and women stepping out, first time in the history of India females at least in modern India are changing the rules of dating, while men like Jeeva are trapped in an India where the only women they have interacted were their mother or sister.
My only problem was the scene, when Ramya has her periods, she calls up her mother, while she could easily have brought sanitary napkins herself.
The other girl who enters Jeeva’s life is Aditi (Manisha Yadav). Aditi is every single man’s wet dream who wears hot pants, red lipstick etc, you get the drift right? She has been in a relationship with Jeeva for 3 years. Behold, unlike other Tamil heroines, she can drink. She loves to drink and surprisingly, she can even hold her drink and not get tipsy.
Aditi is the girl who loves Jeeva, but decides to end their relationship when he starts to give her lectures on morality and not to drink. Aditi is ok with Jeeva’s drinking, but she is not willing to change her habit just because she is a woman and society or her boyfriend thinks she should not drink. Neither is she coy or shy, she gives her number publicly and proclaims she will only chat with whom she finds interesting and others will be blocked.
It is surprising to see a sex comedy where women have minds of their own, courage to take decisions even in matters regarding sex. For some reason, the film refers to sex as matter and there is no open reference to the word sex. (A TN way of saying?)
Aditi cancels her plans to have sex with Jeeva, when she realises he is in an inebriated state. Ramya on the other hand does not pine for Jeeva or wallow herself in pity. She moves on and lo and behold, she is not a virgin and the film treats this with grace and subtlety which is such a rare thing for a Tamil commercial mainstream film, despite this being an adult film it never makes an issue of Ramya’s virginity..
It is refreshing and heartening to see that the director etches out female characters who are not merely meant for song sequence or to support hero, unlike in most Tamil films. Adhik gives us two wonderful female characters who are having all the fun in a man’s world