Movie Review: Mayakkam Enna
Banner: Gemini Film Circuit, AUM Productions
Star-casts: Dhanush, Richa Gangopadhyay and others
Music: G.V. Prakash
Quite a famous quote marked by Groucho Marx says – Behind every successful man, a woman. Selvaraghavan might have sent a promotional note that ‘ Mayakkam Enna ’ is about the next generation. Perhaps, the distinction between ‘Dating’ and ‘Relationship’ blatantly pulls such factors, but on whole, it’s a movie that serves to the tastes of audiences from 15-60. A girl standing by his spouse, paving him way to success only to experience happiness with tears of joy. What else does a woman – wife or mother would expect?
‘ Mayakkam Enna ’ drenches you emotionally and lets you experience new line of ‘Love’ and ‘Relationship’ between a husband-wife. Let’s not leap towards the avant-garde films of western panoramas, where we find ‘Women’ as the protagonists. Here back in our home town, we have seen lots of movies focalized on the values of women.
Karthik Swaminathan ( Dhanush ) might have not been a successful photographer, but is blessed with good friends, a lovable wife Yamini (Richa Gangopadhyay). It’s a pretty different tale in the beginning where the narration falls straight into the conflicts of Yamini, who starts off dating Sundar (Sundar) and then falls in love with Karthik. Well, it’s not something to keep pondering on. The main conflict begins when Karthik is chiseled by a prominent photographer as he publishes the best clicks under his name. Unable to bear the laurels and accolades conferred, Karthik almost ends his life, but is rescued by his wife. Lost in senseless motives, Karthik soon becomes a perplexed object to his friends, neighbors and even his wife Yamini. Bearing such upheavals, she travels through the journey, finally leading her spouse to the dais of felicitation.
This is not just a love story, but the journey of characters as they go through lots of conflicts – Friendship, Profession, Love and more. Dhanush is simple extraordinary and there’s nothing to wonder. It brings back the actor, who delivered a unique performance in ‘Adhu Oru Kanakaalam’ and of course, throughout the Movie we sense the touch of Balu Mahendra in terms of picturing and narrative aspects.
Over here, we don’t fine the protagonist in shades as in Selvaraghavan’s previous movies, where we spot them psychotically insane. Here his aspirations are unparalleled and his complete nature as innocuous as a child is brilliant. The last 25 minutes brings you the best of all performances from the actor. Watch out for his performance when he is struck in shock with the conniving act of famous photographer. The awards ceremony in BBC is touching where he honors his friends and wife Yamini.
Richa Gangopadhyay – the most promising debut that she will keep her winning laurels for years to come. While first hour features her in silence and few lines of dialogue deliveries, she goes for a fantabulous spell overshadowing Dhanush in many places. The scene where she walks into the house cleaning her bloodstained floor leaves you speechless and even tears in your eyes. In fact, her characterization would apparently attract every man to desire for such a life partner. Couple of scenes where her friend tries convincing her to marry divorcing Dhanush and the way she gives back a counter attack on his neighbors’ complaint is stupendous. The characterizations of friends are delineated in a special way. Sundar, his father and bunch of friends keep the screens embellished. Especially the father’s character, where he offers glass of scotch to patch up his son and Dhanush is humorous and quite captivating.
G.V. Prakash, the showstopper keeps scoring brownie points. There are certain scenes, where his background score becomes the key element from keeping away audiences from distraction. Cinematography Ramji brings the most colossal shots. The locations are superb.
If you are in pursuit of finding illustrations of few films that fills the gap between ‘Commercial’ and ‘Art’ Movie, ‘ Mayakkam Enna ’ could be the best pick.
It’s a brilliant piece of work from Selvaraghavan. ‘ Mayakkam Enna ’ is a must watch movie for universal audiences. It has such an appealing theme and finally leaves you to applaud for ‘women’.
Verdict : Greatest work of Selva till the date…
R. Richard Mahesh