Neethaane En Ponvasantham (NEP) tells the love story of Varun (Jiiva) and Nithya (Samantha) through three stages of their life; their school days, college life and then in their late twenties. NEP is a musical romantic drama film co-written, co-produced and directed by Gautham Menon. The film is based on a story written by Reshma Ghatala, who produced the film alongside Elred Kumar, Jayaraman, Venkat Somasundaram and Menon. The film’s background score and soundtrack were composed by Maestro Ilaiyaraaja which went on to become a chartbuster, while cinematography was handled by M. S. Prabhu and Om Prakash. The audio rights were acquired by Sony Music and the soundtrack album sold a record 8.5 million units through various platforms on its release.
The film was praised for its ravishing music and the chemistry between the lead actors; Jiiva and Samantha were appreciated for their performances.
“..Jiiva, the more established actor of the two, makes a tough portrayal seem all too easy — from being a school student to a newly salaried person coming to terms with life and love..” praised The Hindu.