It has become a trend to have popular lyrics as the title for the films in Tamil. Maalai Pozhuthin Mayakathile (MPM) is one such film with a lyrical title. Directed by Narayan Nagendra Rao, the film seeks to prove how delicate, people’s lives can be. The film has a few characters and hero Aree and new comer Subha play the lead roles. The director has tried to convey a love story based on the lead pair’s two hours that they spend in a coffee shop on a rainy evening.
The film tries to explore even the smallest of joys and the sadness that trivial issues can bring on people’s lives. Rain plays an integral part in the script and Ilayaraja’s songs that are played in the backdrop, add to the romantic setting. Hero Aree exudes confidence and is a delight to watch. However, he needs to work on his dancing skills, as is evident even in the very few dance scenes shown in the film.
Subha as the aspiring designer student is average, but one fails to comprehend as to why did the director want the heroine to speak in anglicized Tamil. Balaji as the restless husband, Tejaswini as the dejected wife and Panchu Subbu as the coffee shop manager do justice to their roles. The film’s music is by Achu and the lyrics are by Rohini. The song Oh Baby girl has already topped the charts. Yen Uyire is another number which haunts the listener for long.
The background score, especially the violin interludes, are extremely pleasing and praise worthy. Gopi Amarnath has cranked the camera and has captured the rain beautifully. But as the director has tried to tell a story within the four walls of a coffee shop, he seems to be very restricted. Though the idea may be unique and exciting, it’s the weak script and slow pace of the movie that hampers the progress of the film. Also the documentary feel throughout the film becomes irksome.
The characterization lacks depth and the film is overloaded with philosophical lines and preachy dialogues, creating a negative impact on the overall viewing experience. Overall it is an attempt that did not hit the right note.
Starring: Aari, Shubha Phutela, Subbu Panchu, Sivaji, Balaji, Tejasvini, Sathish, Karuna, Srini
Direction: Narayanan Nagendra Rao
Production: Mayuri Sekar
Verdict: Coffee that lacks the aroma.