Love as a theme never bores filmmaker or us viewers. Love has many dimensions to it. Director K S Adhiyaman grapples with the idea of life after love marriage in Priya Sakhi and manages to come up with absorbing story. Backed by a good show from the lead pair Madhavan and Sada, the film is quiet realistic and carries good appeal amidst larger-than-life fantasy films and psychodramas.
The film takes off from where Manirathnam's Alaipayuthey left.
A remake of the Salman starrer Shaadi Karke Paas Gaya, Priyasakhi by Adhiyaman is sure to win the hearts of the audience for it portrays the love, affection and possessiveness shared by the couple and deals with family values in the context of the modern society.
Madhavan plays a cool dude - Santhana Krishnan (called Sakhi) and Sadha plays a model Priya. Sakhi who works in an automobile company lives in a joint family. He comes across model Priya. As it happens, the two fall in love with each other. Eventually they get married. Here begins the story.
Unlike that of Sakhi's, Priya's family is 'cosmopolitan' and 'outgoing'. Her mother (Ishwarya), a party-going socialite, while her father (Prathap Pothen) restricts himself to his house and not bothers to have a social life of his own.
Brought up in such a situation, Priya finds it difficult to adjust to the family of Sakhi. The rest is how Sakhi succeeds in making her understand the realities of life.
For Madhavan, this romantic hero role, is a romp. He is just about the right person to play the character. He brings to his performance an attractive fragility and beautiful innocence. Sada, too, has shown a lot of maturity in playing a girl caught between two cultural value systems. The on-screen bonding between the two sustains the film greatly.
Ishwarya, as the snooty mother, is believable while others have characters that are cut out from real-life.
Bharadwaj has come up with six melodious numbers and re-recording too is attractive. Sethu Sriram has done a noteworthy job behind the lens.
Adhiyaman shows he can tell a family story without losing the essential tempo or interest. That is a difficult task in these low-attention span times.
One the whole, he has done his job well in Priyasakhi.