Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam Tamil Movie Review
Manoja (Wamiqa Gabbi) is recovering from a break-up. She is bold and has many male friends. But they can’t cross the limit, as Manoja follows a set of principles religiously.
Her mom is a cancer patient and as per her wish, Manoja gets into an arranged marriage with Prabhu (Balakrishna Kola). He is an introvert and girls are not ready to be with him.
Problems erupt between the timid Prabhu and the bold and modern Manoja. Not just life, but they find it difficult to share even a room, bed and toilet.
At one point of time, Prabhu forces himself on Manoja. This spells doom for their relationship and the couple apply for divorce. What happens next?
Gitanjali Selvaraghavan makes a welcome debut as director, in a script that has her husband’s stamp all over. Be it the characterisation of the hero and the heroine, the premise and the way the story unfolds, everything is typical of a Selvaraghavan film.
Newcomer Balakrishna Kola has presented a decent show, while Wamiqa Gabbi, the Punjabli girl, is a welcome addition to the list of heroines in Tamil cinema. She is beautiful and performs very well.
Another highlight of the movie is music by Amrit, a promising find. Both his background score and songs are good. Some scenes are fresh and will stay in our minds for a long time.
On the flip side, we wonder why Selvaraghavan’s scripts treat sex as some nasty, depraved business. Certain characters too are most awkward. But Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam has its own moments and the wife-husband duo strike a chord.
Director: Gitanjali Selvaraghavan
Cast: Balakrishna Kola, Wamiqa Gabbi, Parvathy Nair, Azhagam Perumal, Kalyani Natarajan
Pro: Riaz K Ahmed