Later, when he lands the job, he realizes his folly and seeks her forgiveness. The two start hanging out and one day they have sex. After this, Saravanan proposes to Sandhya and they marry against their parents’ wishes. Very soon, problems crop up and the two get divorced to seek new partners. Do they get together again? A remake of the Telugu film ‘Yemaindi Ee Vela’, ‘Ishtam’ wants to be an urban romance that portrays the I-Me-Myself attitude of the youth of today, especially when it comes to relationships.
Prem Nizar has plot points that have the potential to showcase this flawed aspect of our lives — casual and self-centred relationships, pre-marital sex, disdain for parents and their opinions and so on. Unfortunately, the debutant director isn’t able to translate all these on to the screen. One of the main reasons for this lies in the casting as Vimal is totally miscast as the city-bred Saravanan. The actor, in trying to move out of his comfort zone of small-town characters, seems to have a misplaced belief that going urbane with his appearance will make him look the part, but fails as he is unable to capture the unassuming cool of a city guy. The English dialogues, especially, betray his rural roots. And like its hero, the film too flunks as it tries to be hip when it is actually taking potshots at those who are in with the times. While it might have been okay if it had showed only the characters as leading a totally decadent lifestyle, it actually attempts to generalize this notion and paints a grossly wrong picture of city-bred youngsters, especially IT professionals and girls who live in dormitories.