After completing the movie at S2 Thiagaraja, we headed to Zaitoon for a late lunch. Initially, there was a couple and us who were seated. There came a huge group with one small boy. After ordering, they started shouting in the name of talking. There were 8 people and there were nothing short of 16 random conversations disturbing the ambience. We wanted to finish at the earliest and leave that place.
Last weekend, I was watching Nee Enge En Anbe (review will come soon) and one bunch of idiots were talking random things (not related to the movie) and disturbing the entire theatre.
On both these occasions, I was reminded of Vaayai Moodi Pesavum. And I wished Dumb flu attacked these people. Vaayai Moodi Pesavum is a satire on our daily life that is based on one premise – we talk but we don’t communicate.
Panimalai is a hill staton in Tamil Nadu and Arvind (Dulquer Salman) is a door-to-door salesman of an adhesive brand. A strange dumb flu (H10N10) affects the people of Panimalai. Those infected can’t speak and pose a risk of death. All the people who have converged to Panimalai is locked inside as the town is quarantined from rest of the world. Arvind also gets affected by the flu and meets a junior doctor, Anjana (Nazriya) at the hospital. As more people get affected, the health ministry finds that speaking is the reason for the spread. The rest of the story forms how people learn to communicate without talking.
From the start, Balaji Mohan is in his mettle with brilliant screenplay and dialogues. Although there are multiple characters, each one of them stick to your mind because of their performances. Be it nuclear star Bhoomesh (subtle but clear reference to Vijay) by John Vijay or that Robo Shankar as drunkard society head or Ram Thilak as Boomesh’ fan association president, everyone will make you laugh with their performances. The friend who spews bad words, the small boy who collects small notebooks for his drawings and Anjana’s love for Javvu Mittai are all simple but sweet characterisations. Although, I have heard good words about Dulquer from my Mallu friends, VMP actually proves that sometimes acting can come through DNA. The good part is he doesn’t imitate his dad in anyways. Nazriya finally gets a different role from her usual roles in Tamil and she cakewalks it while Madhubala gets a sweet re-entry but not the apt one.
Balaji has tried to showcase different characters that we see in real life who talk without purpose and those who don’t talk when it is needed. The problem is we think that speaking the truth might hurt people close to you but most of the times it can be the best medicine. The movie drives the point with subtlety and humour but Balaji should have made a tighter screenplay in the second half. However talented, Sean Roldan is unable to hold the forte during the silent period. To be fair, his songs are wonderful to listen to. Another problem is the lack of seriousness when it is needed. I will breakdown in to pieces if someone says I can’t talk anymore. I don’t how people of Panimalai could take it so easily. I don’t think anybody can.
Nevertheless, at the end of the day you will understand what Balaji Mohan is trying to convey to us but whether we will take it is a billion dollar question. Vaayai Moodi Pesavum is a simple satirical comedy that will prick you whenever you talk nonsense next time. I actually thought, I should buy tickets for few people that I knew.
A 3/5 for Balaji Mohan’s wonderful experimentation that might not prove it’s worth now. But he has proved that he is worthy of the accolades he got for Kadhalil Sodhappavadhu Eppadi. Go watch it in theatres – anyways no Kochadaiyaan this week too.