May 06, 2012 Y. Sunita Chowdary
Don't even bother to hear the complete story, it's not worth it. Wonder what the director had in mind when he set out to make this project, it's so slow, tiring that you would actually reach the destination faster if you'd walk rather than getting on to some vehicle and love? There isn't any, it's unrequited and why would anyone want to fall in love with a man who takes two hours and twenty minutes to actually stand in front of the girl of his choice, and mind you..there is no talking.
The girl is very contemporary, she gets a thrill out of casting sweet, shy and inviting glances at the hero throughout the film and just before the movie ends she invites him to a restaurant and is seen chatting with the man she is getting married to and discussing her indifference towards her silent lover. The heart broken lover in the next scene is shown romancing his wife putting his past behind and their two-year-old infant is seen reeling out heavy and big dialogues.
Only Swati can answer if the cameo had helped her career in anyway. She looks cute and weeps throughout and only if she could understand that the audiences' trauma is far more intense than her's. Shazahn Padamsee is not heroine material, Jai's performance is lacklustre.
The director takes pain in etching out minute details of the character that Jai portrays, from his bed-wetting habit, to his craving for ice cream and his longing to swim, etc., but fails to relate them all when he grows up. The only scene that looks realistic is the hero refusing to drink milk because there is cream floating in the glass and the mother filtering it right in front of him so that he won't complain.
Throughout the film you keep guessing if the hero is going to be shown as loser or a psycho but he ends up being a sane guy. The song and dance are of no help, the girls hardly make up for three or five minutes in the film. The film is titled Kanimozhi in Tamil and has been released here after 2 years to cash on the craze that Jai's recent film 'Journey' generated.
In a nutshell Love Journey is about a simple man failing to muster courage to propose to the girl while his counterpart walks away with her by his dubious approach.