Mayakkam Enna

Very Good

Reviews 25-Nov-2011 3:40 PM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

Selvaraghavan’s choice of unique themes and style of presentation have been winning him incredible praises. While most of his movies were based on the protagonists possessed with more psychotic traits, this one stands little apart. Of course, the lead character Karthik Swaminathan (Dhanush) looks little of that sort, but the story takes a different route and moreover a positive ending in Selvaraghavan’s movie is a special surprise isn’t?

Produced and directed by Selvaraghavan under the banner name of Aum Productions, the film is distributed and released by Gemini Film Circuit. Starring Dhanush and Richa Gangopadhyay in lead roles, the film has musical score by G.V. Prakash.

The story of ‘Mayakkam Enna’ goes this way…

Bounded to his dreams of making a big time in wildlife photography, Karthik Swaminathan doesn’t miss to click pictures on anything he finds. National Geographic, Discovery and Traveler’s Magazine and more international magazines becomes his central attraction. However, he is rejected by everyone in town and is broken down when a leading wildlife photographer cheats him winning credits for his work. He comes across Yamini (Richa Gangopadhyay), a girl dating his friend Sundar (Sundar). But she falls in love with Karthik and indeed marry that almost becomes a happy ending. But nothing goes well as dreamt as Karthik is shattered to witness his very own credited under leading photographer’s byline with international recognition. He even attempts to suicide and is saved by his wife and friends. Off the late, his criteria go out of focus and he starts behaving peculiarly. However, it’s his wife Yamini making sure that her spouse makes his dream accomplished.

Selvaraghavan’s distinctive style of narration becomes the major asset in all his films. This one doesn’t go as an exception. The story begins somewhere and while you would make predictions, the story takes an intense turn. Well, Selvaraghavan had made a statement that ‘Mayakkam Enna’ isn’t a love story, but the search of a youngster beyond usual paradigms and indeed mentioned the value of women has been emphasized here. In fact, Richa Gangopadhyay gets more importance to her characterization. First half of the film goes around at middling rate revolving around youthful quotients. Post-intermission, the sequences are very well crafted with an intense care. Maybe some of the portions are little sluggish, but it cannot be judged as something ‘unwanted’ as the narration deserves such treatment.

There are some brilliant and daring scenes that would leave anyone go frizzled in their nerves. Say for instance, Richa Gangopadhyay wiping off her bloodstain dried on the floors is literally shocking. In the same manner, her gesture towards her friend, who asks to leave her insane husband marrying him and another sequence about bashing upon the neighbors, is a cherry-pick of her best performance. Dhanush emotes starkly to the characterization and his emotional outburst during the situation where he is chiseled on his work is magnificent.

G.V. Prakash’s songs suit to the situations and have been pictured well. ‘Kadhal En Kadhal’ is pictured completely in Selvaraghavan’s style while ‘Voda Voda’ is a creative work. ‘Pirai Thedum’ is set in emotional ambience. Moreover, the background score appeals to the audiences’ interest for even the visuals that lack dialogues and just goes with expressions and reactions gain more intensity.

On the whole, ‘Mayakkam Enna’ belongs to the genre of ‘Drama’ with the touch of Selvaraghavan’s cut. It’s quite a different film from the director’s works. The results can go positive with the word of mouth promotions.

Production: Gemini Film Circuit, Aum Productions

Direction: Selvaraghavan

Star-casts: Dhanush, Richa Gangopadhyay and others

Music: G.V. Prakash

Cinematography: Ramji

What works: Performance, star-cast (particularly Richa Gangopadhyay), Songs, Background score, cinematography,

What doesn’t work: Nothing in particular, the concept of modern generation might not appeal to universal audiences.

Verdict: Very Good

Review byRichard Mahesh

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