A tasty thali of campus days and life after

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story: Arun and Darshana are first-year engineering students and they fall in love soon after starting college. And just like how things generally work with teenagers, the road ahead is not too easy for them. Life offers many twists that they least expect.

Review: At a time when students hardly have the opportunity to experience their campus or form friendships, Hridayam offers its version of a fun campus life and a chance for those who miss it to reminisce about their youth.

Arun (Pranav Mohanlal) and Darshana (Darshana Rajendran) fall in love soon after joining college in their freshman year. They’re crazy about each other, but not too wise to avoid the general pitfalls of campus romance. Friendship, love, and relationships go through various phases of transformation, as the story progresses. The film also continues to show how Arun enters the next phase of life and manages his evolution through different stages.

Hridayam tries to give a realistic depiction of the campus life of a Malayali in Chennai and those who have done engineering in the city could relate to it better, thanks to the different vibes, flavors and vibes of the city weaved in into the story in a warm way. Pranav’s character can be called the perfect archetype of Malayali engineering students, who are trying to carve their own path on campus and in life, after a brief initial phase of conforming to the popular trend. Yes, they start off on the beaten path, but realize halfway through that’s not what they want. The film has an interesting emotional core, highlighted by the performances of Pranav, Darshana and others, which gently tug at viewers’ hearts. Pranav, who dominates through both halves of the film, definitely evolved as a stronger performer with Hridayam. There are a lot of warm songs in the film and they are all well placed.

The film is quite long at 172 minutes of running time and could have been cut more for better impact, especially in the second half. Additionally, there are parts where one might feel that the story feels a little too familiar and simplistic, especially for those who ended campus life in the early 2000s. The trajectory that takes on Arun’s life, from campus romance and finding the perfect career to being a family man, is a little too practical at times. As life places new challenges before him, one cannot sense much evolution in him, although there are some dialogues that attempt to paint a picture of a changed man. Kalyani’s character could also have been developed with a bit more depth, given that she entered the protagonist’s life after he had experienced an episode of the typical romance.

It’s the kind of movie you’d take home with a smile on your face, silly campus memories, and maybe a song on your lips, if you don’t care much about character development. .

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