Director: Narayan Nagendra Rao
Producer: Mayuri Sekar
Cast: Aari, Shubha Phutela, Subbu Panchu , Sivaji, Balaji, Tejasvini, Sathish.
Cinematography: Gopi Amarnath
Studio: Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Creations
Written: Narayan Nagendra Rao
Before going depth into this movie, a glance should be made to look back for the same genre of the movie which was made in Hollywood a decade ago. In 2002, the movie PHONE BOOTH is a film which is all about American suspense/psychological thriller film about a man who is held hostage in a telephone booth by a sniper in which the film will evolve in a street and inside a telephone booth for the full 81 minutes.
The same idea brought bravely into Tamil film in which Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey stood all its 120minutes in a Café Coffee day Shop. The fact is the Hollywood movie which has the same genre succeeded in box office where as Maalai Pozhuthin Mayakathilaey fails in the box office. The simple reason behind this is the movie is totally a slow snail direction for the complete 2 hours.
Debutant filmmaker Nayarana Nagendra Rao has come up with a bunch of events that unfold in a coffee shop on a rainy evening in the film.The theme by itself and the background sounds very new to Tamil cinema. But the point to be shamed is that whether a two hour film manage to hold its attention. Slow narration and clichéd climax worthless to watch. With just half-a-dozen characters.
Ajay@ Aari wants to become a film director. But his dreams are shattered as every attempt of his fails to yield any result. Dejected Ajay walks to a coffee shop on a rainy evening only to witness a sea change in his life. He meets Jiya@ Shubha Phutela at the place. He is straightaway attracted to her.
It happens to be her birthday and they end up celebrating it. Also in the shop in the next table is Satish@ Balaji who comes with his wife Ramya@ Tejaswini. They are on the verge of split. Meanwhile manager Subbu Panju of the coffee shop has to run from pillar-to-post to continue his business. He has to counter financial troubles. Watching all troubles in the shop is a writer R S Sivaji .Ajay is desperate to win Jiya’s heart, Satish keen to woo Jiya and Subbu determined to solve troubles over his business. As it happens, all comes to end as the rain stops in a couple of hours.
The basement of the story is a fantastic but one cannot make these basements into a coffee shop for a long 2 hours which the maker have done a snail direction in a live movie. How could it be possible to make a live movie with slow motion and songs which is practically creepy? The more worried thing is a dejected dreams of a film director who comes worried into a coffee shop sees a girl gets impressed and fallen in love and struggling to live without her and wants her to be with her forever is such a freaky and foolish idea to give a passionate struggling person who is interested in girl and wastes his time in chitchats instead to make his own life glow up in film direction.
The music done by Achu has some decent scores. But few songs made the audience to move out for tea or smoke. The BGM is quiet a good attempt.
But thanks to the catchy visuals of Gopi Amarnath. The cinematography is the only thing which is perfect in lightning and shows crystal clear with all its subject and colors added it a meaningful decent look for our eyes. And that may be the only reason to make the audience sit for some tough time inside the theatre to watch till the movie finishes.
Nagendra Rao has tried his best to stay away from staple diet. All is new and different in the film. But the fact is, if you are making a movie which rounds up in the same place for more than 2 hours there should be some spicy inside the movement of the film. You can never show live action for 2 hours where practically without fastness and much spicy into it the movie will surely fail . Wrapping up, Maalai Pozhuthin Mayakathilae a different idea in Tamil cinema but failed in its cinematic flow.
Verdict: Worthless to buy tickets.