Movie : Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam
Directed by : Gitanjali Selvaraghavan
Written by : Selvaraghavan
Starring : Balakrishna Kola, Wamiqa Gabbi, Parvathy Nair, Azhagam Perumal, Kalyani Natarajan
Produced by : Beepstone Studios, Kancharla Pardha Saradhi
Music by : Amrit
Cinematography : Sridhar
Edited by : Rukesh
Release date : 01 January 2016
Country : India
Language : Tamil
An intense theme that really a million ton guts to deliver it in celluloid and filmmaker Geetha Selvaraghavan brings up an emoting tale of relationship between a newlywed couple that goes through hampering hurdles that drifts them apart. The reason nevertheless is perhaps, gruesome, though emotionally not a crime. A fantabulous effort by Selvaraghavan who has penned the story with so much of reality blended with emotional realms. Naturally, it’s hard for any filmmaker to drop an idea over such a complicated theme and it is almost like revisiting the Golden days of K Balachandar, where almost all his movies were based on adult themes. This one albeit being such a theme holds a sense of reality, where it touches the basic element of misunderstandings between the newlywed couple…
Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam is about a newlywed couple (Balakrishna Kola and Wamiqa Gabbi), who are completely in contrast to each other. They have no likeliness in aspects of lifestyle, emotions and favourites.. The film traverses through the emotional journey of the ups and downs and separations until they start missing each other.
Unlike the writings in erstwhile movies of Selvaraghavan, Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam hardly has characters involved in verbal conversations. It’s the writing and project of visuals through editing and background that delivers the emotions of characters. Be it the initial stages of marriage life, where the girl can’t bear her hubby’s annoying snore and how it later becomes her sedation. The changeover is very well beautiful and Geethanjali’s brilliant way of narrating it is great.
Wamiqa Gabbi steals the show with a naturalistic performance and she keeps us in complete wow much alike other heroines in Selvaraghavan movies. Her final breakout with her ex-husband and on revealing what made her opt for divorce and the emotional bang is a punch. We aren’t able to bring out other aspects of this film including performance and technical aspects, because it’s Selvaraghavan’s writing that dominates throughout the film.
Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam might offer some shock to the film viewers of contemporary cinema, where usual breezy romantic entertainers and crime thrillers have dominated the markets in addition to horror. Watching this movie is like getting back to the phase of K Balachandar, Sridhar and other versatile filmmakers, who offered bold themes but with elegance.
Verdict: A raw-realism drama of emotional punch