Verdict: Trisha and Vijay Sethupathi’s romance will surely take you on a nostalgic trip.

96 is romantic-comedy film written and directed by C. Prem Kumar, this film features Vijay Sethupathi and the alluring Trisha Krishnan in the lead roles, accompanied by Devadarshini, Janagaraj and Bagavathi Perumal in the supporting roles. The music was composed by Govind Menon, vocalist and violinist of the much-admired Kerala based band Thaikkudam Bridge.

What’s 96 About:

A travel photographer and teacher Ram (Vijay Sethupathi) is seen taking scenic pictures from different exotic locations of the world. His profession leads him to Tanjore, the town where he grew up. Struck by warm feelings of nostalgia, he reminisces things that defined him as a person and longs to visit his school before he leaves for his next destination.

Drenched in the emotion of his school days, Ram and his classmates decide to have a reunion of the batch of ’96 where he meets Janaki (Trisha Krishnan), the love of his life after a gap of 22 years. The movie frequently switches between the past school days and the present and explains how the mutual attraction between Ram and Janaki developed over the years. At the peak of their romantic teenage relationship, Ram secretly takes a T.C. from his school and moves to Chennai, leaving Janaki behind. The movie explores their lingering feelings for each other after 22 years of separation.

What Works:

The cinematography is exceptional, with pristine drone shots and exotic locations. The music by Thaikkudam Bridge is a feast to your ears and the beautiful chemistry between Trisha and Vijay is adorable. So much so, it might even bring out emotions of our own first love! Apart from the performances of the lead actors, the younger actors are equally good. In all, the film was a well narrated and takes us on a warm nostalgic trip.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The movie would have been better off with fewer dramatic slow-motion scenes. It almost felt unnecessary at times and would have helped reduce the duration of the movie (2 hours 40mins).

Why You Should Watch It:

96 reflects the emotions of first love, school days and heartbreaks, which all of us have faced at some point in our lives. Although it’s a melancholic movie, the director and writer have provided numerous scenes that bring a hearty smile to our faces. The music numbers in the film are exceptional and props to Thaikkudam Bridge for their success in this film. So take your loved one or your family to witness this hearty movie on the big screens near you.