More and more cliched Masala from the A-league actors and very few films manage to come up with brilliant stories in hand and indeed showcased their adeptness. Say for instance, ‘Kattradhu Kalavu’, ‘Ali Baba’, ‘Aaranya Kaandam’, etc, etc… were more off that genres. These films didn’t perform well, but were standouts as taut thrillers.
To start off with, ‘Mouna Guru’ falls into this category and its filmmaker Santhakumar kick-starting his directorial venture with this film. Indeed, it’s a promising debut and this auteur has a long way to go. Let’s rub off the statements claiming it to be an inspiration or a replica. Overall, it’s a neat work by the entire team and Arulnidhi has chosen an apt script to suit his image. Simple words to mark the verdict – Mouna Guru is an edge-on-seat thriller, though not with more twists and turns, keeps you engaged in many parts.
First 10minutes into the film, the howls and comments for not so famous league of actors is blurred. Yup! An accident followed by group of cops looting a big money. A girl with unknown identity makes a video recording of their plans through the camera, which in turn falls into the hands of another man. Unexpectedly Karunakaran (Arulnidhi), a calm student is linked to the mysterious proceedings and what unfolds next is a racy drama of combats between the characters.
Revealing more than these sentences would naturally become an absolute spoiler.
It cannot be meant that Arulnidhi has done a remarkable job, but has done what is exactly required for the role. Usually, his style of rendering dialogues stand ahead as a little minus. Over here, he remains calm throughout many portions and of course spells the best with the action sequences. Iniya looks gaudy with her makeovers. John Vijay far-famed for his ability to perform comical or villainous roles does his best here with the latter one. Though Uma Riyaaz was capable of performing such powerful roles, she hasn’t been offered such ones till the date.
What starts on a thrilling note proceeds with the same tempo till the end, but spare for few slow and sluggish moments that could have been trimmed in second hour.
Technically, the cinematography brings some best visuals and Thamman adds a depth of intensity with his background score.
Overall, it’s a worth watching movie for the pennies you pay. Don’t go for references looking out for similar tales in Hollywood or international cinemas. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the flick.
What works: Narrative aspects, Background score, Characterization
What doesn’t work: Slow moments in second half, unwanted portions could have been avoided.
Verdict: Hats off to the Santhakumar
Review by Richard Mahesh
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