I have been watching Tamil Movies from a very small age. Over the years, only a few movies have surprised me with their twists in the climax, for instance Puriyatha Pudhir is one such movie. But almost 95% of the movies are predictable. For me it’s all about whether the movie sustains the interests of the audience over that 2-3 hours of running time.
Mynaa is predictably sweet. Set in the beautiful landscapes of mountains near Theni, it’s a tragic love story of two childhood sweethearts. Suruli (Vidharth) as a young boy escorts Mynaa and her mother Kuruvamma to his small village when they are stranded in the streets. Suruli and Mynaa ( Amala Paul) grow up with mutual extreme affection on each other. Mynaa’s mother tries to arrange her marriage with another guy and Suruli gets in to a brawl with her mother. When he is in police custody for 15 days, Kuruvamma tries to finish off Mynaa’s marriage. Suruli escapes from the prison to stop the marriage. Bhaskar, the Jailor ( Sethu) and Ramaiyaa, the constable ( Thambi Ramaiyaa) go in search of Suruli to bring back him to custody by the next day night. Due to the problems that follow, Suruli, Bhaskar, Ramaiyaa tagged along with Mynaa embark a journey in the treacherous mountains to come back to Theni. The Movie moves on to a tragic predictable twist.
The beauty of the movie is the deft screenplay by director Prabu Solomon, who has cleverly sustained the pace of the movie except for a few unwanted song sequences. The actors are fresh and wonderfully cast. The locations are breath taking and a special kudos to the cinematographer Sukumar for his wonderful work. Vidharth from Koothupattarai makes a mark in the final scene although his expressions were too repetitive at times. Amala Paul steals your heart with her innocence but Thambi Ramaiyaa and Sethu are the revelations of the movie. For the past few years, you have seen Thambi Ramaiyaa as a stray comedian, but here he just dazzles with his varied expressions and dialogue deliveries. Sethu on the other hand is subtle and that speaks for his final act. Even the small characters like Manroadu Mahadevan ( his oneliners are hilarious) and Mayi (Sevvalai as Suruli’s Father) make a mark
Two songs especially Mynaa Mynaa speaks for D.Imman’s composing talent while his background score fizzles out. The unwanted song sequences act as brakes to the movie’s pace. Prabu Solomon has always experimented with his themes (Kokki, Lee, Ladam for instance) but the experiment in Mynaa is not with the plot but the characterizations. You can’t deny the fact that the movie has shades of Paruthiveeran but conceptualization of certain scenes are extraordinary. The first kiss ( only kiss) scene and the nail sequence are romantically divine whereas the Bus incident sequence is thrilling. Prabu’s approach to the movie has elevated to unimaginable levels but could have done without the forced tragic climax. Sudden jump of events is not well handled and may be the success of the recent tragic love stories fueled the decision of the director.
Yes, tragedies are classics but sometimes even the happy union can become a classic. Personally I would have been happy, if they lived happily ever after. I loved their love story
A 3 out of 5. The only movie that can be enjoyed in the Diwali releases
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