143

143

Cast: Rishi, Priyanka Sharma, KR Vijaya, Vijayakumar, Pithamagan Mahadevan, Rajasimhan
Direction: Rishi
Genre: Romance
Duration: 1 hour 57 minutes
Synopsis: A carefree youngster moves to city for a better living upon his father’s advice. There, he tries to win a girl’s love in various ways. Will he succeed?

Review: The way some characters are written for protagonists in films, it feels as if falling in love is the biggest achievement a man could ever have in his life. And he wouldn’t mind going to any extent to win the love of the girl he completely falls for.

It usually starts with him going bonkers over a girl at first sight, second sight and every other sight. Interestingly, in most such cases, the hero is found to be jobless and will be accompanied by two or more friends who are equally jobless. So, he follows her at every possible place he can — and if she looks at him by chance, irrespective of whether she understands his ’emotion’ or not, he desperately smiles, ogles and waits patiently till he gets a green signal. And finally, if the girl asks him not to follow her or rejects his so-called ‘love’ outright, the hero gets dejected.

The sad part is this is often treated as a mistake on the girl’s part, as she has discouraged the ‘true emotions’ of a man with ‘pure heart’ who knows only to love. What follows is quite predictable — the heart-broken hero finds solace in booze, abuses and slut-shames the unkind girl who failed to realise his ‘generous heart’.

Sadly, love failure is treated in quite a number of films as though it is the tragic end of a man’s biggest ambition in life. 143, a technically decent film, has all these, but it is in its resolution that it feels different. The girl doesn’t reject the hero’s love, because of which, we, the audience aren’t fed with the usual stereotypes.