Ishtam - Movie Review
Starring: Vimal, Nisha Agarwal, Anoop Kumar, Parvathi Nifran, Pragathi, Yuvarani
Direction: Premi Nizar
Music: Thaman S
Production: Ramesh Dhantra
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

It is a movie that speaks about today's youngsters and their approach towards life and relationship. remade from recent Telugu hit Yemaindi Ee Vela, Ishtam by debutant Prem Nizar is more of emotions and romance.

Vimal plays a different role far against the rural one that he did in films like Kalavani, Eththan and Kalakalappu.

Nisha Aharwal, who acted in the original plays the female lead. Santhanam is there to provide humour while Anoop, Pragathy and Yuvarani are also in the cast. Written by Sampath Nandi, the movie has music by S Thaman.


Saravanan (Vimal) is a cool dude. He is choosy and trendy is the word in his life. Sandhya (Nisha) and Saravanan gets separated.

They follow their own lives. Nisha meets a youth (Anoop) while Saravanan comes across a girl (Parvati Nirban). They decide to start a fresh innings in their lives.

But all goes for toss. Find out why in the climax. Its more of love meeting a bonding.


Vimal is cool and gives his best in his new avatar. He is at his ease and portrays his role well. Vimal, who hitherto played a rural youngster in films like Pasanga, Kalavani and Eththan, featuring him as a modern, city-based man.

Kajal Agarwal's sister Nisha Agarwal, who played the female lead in the original was signed to reprise her role making her debut in Tamil cinema. she does her best to keep the film going. Santhanam's one-liners as usual tickle your funny bone. While the rest of the cast play their part well.


Music is S Thaman compliments the theme. It is youthful and trendy. The songs are picturised well. Seka Joseph's camera captures some lush posh locations. Interestingly Balaji Real Media which made some masala flicks like Osthi have chosen to do a hearty one.

All said, the movie may have its dull attempts. But forget them, Ishtam will to your Ishtam.

Ishtam - Targeting youngsters

Review 2

For this week quota of Santhanam in Tamil films, here comes Ishtam directed by Prem Nizar with Vimal and Nisha Agarwal in lead roles. Ishtam is a remake of the Telugu film Yemaindi Ee Vela and was publicized as a flick which will feature its hero Vimal in non-rural get up for the first time in his career. And Ishtam also marks its specialty for Kajal Agarwal’s sister Nisha Agarwal’s debut in Tamil.

Ishtam is a take on contemporary fast-track life of urban professionals and their value systems. Marriage as an institution appears to have lost its charm with today’s generation whose edginess leads them into hasty decisions and hastier regrets. Prem Nizar attempts to convey this which could have worked wonders at turnstiles had he been prudent enough to package the contents in a more appealing fashion.

The biggest drawback of the film is Vimal who is miscast in the role of an urban techie. The actor’s intentions to get out from his comfort zone of rural youth to savvy gentleman of city are understandable but unfortunately he does not score in this endeavor. He struggles with English diction and fails miserably in portraying the role of a city-bred techie. This works majorly against the film.

As for Nisha Agarwal, she fills in her role well, looks good and also delivers what is expected out of her. Anoop Kumar of Chikku Bukku fame is effective and other supporting cast members that include Pragathi, Yuvarani, Parvathi Nirban are all adequate in their performance.

Relief comes in the form of Santhanam who tries to buoy the sagging spirits of the audience but this is definitely not the best of the talented comedian. The biggest and perhaps the towering highlight of the film is Thaman’s music. Yen mela indru and dhinakku dhina are the pick of the album. And Thaman’s RR also is a significant contribution to Ishtam. Other technical aspects are just about satisfactory.

Lagging screenplay, meandering script and incessant dialogues make Ishtam a tedious affair. A generalized opinion about youth living in hostels in cities and especially IT professionals in a wrong shade does not appear good. The scene that is pivotal to the break-up of the lead pair should have been done in a more powerful manner to drive home the point. But it is not so.

The central concept demonstrating the flawed lifestyle of current youth with their misplaced value systems offers enough scope and fodder for an immersive experience but unfortunately Prem Nizar has not used it effectively.

Verdict: An unexciting fare

Ishtam (2012) - Movie Review, Movie Rating
Reviewed by The Cinema News on May 29, 2012.
Ishtam Movie Review, Ishtam Movie Rating
the movie may have its dull attempts. But forget them, Ishtam will to your Ishtam.
Rating: 2


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