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Movie Review: Mynaa

Movie Review: Mynaa

Banner: Shalom Studios, Red Giant Movies, AGS Entertainments

Production: John Max, Udhayanidhi Stalin & Kalpathy S Agoram

Direction: Prabhu Solomon

Star-casts: Viddarth, Anaka, Sethu G Pillai, Thambi Ramaiah and others

Music: D. Imman

Producer Udhayanidhi Stalin is well known for his spellbinding promotional campaigns. This year has been as special for him as the films he released have become blockbusters. Starting off with Gowtham Menon’s ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya’, his success graph was raised with ‘Madharasapattinam’ and recent release ‘Boss Engira Baskaran’. For the first time, he has released a small budget movie with newcomers in lead roles.

Mynaa is nowhere different from other village based movies, especially the love stories. The film has some traces of various Tamil movies of that genre.

The film centers on Suruli (Viddarth) and Mynaa (Anaka), who have been love from their childhood. Even the mother of Mynaa accepts to get the married as she fondly calls him ‘son-in-law’. But after few years, she arranges Mynaa’s marriage with some other person. When Suruli tries attacking her, he is jailed for 15-days imprisonment. But sooner, he manages to escape from the prison on the same night to meet Mynaa. Immediately, the jail superintendent (Sethu) and constable (Thambi Ramaiah) run behind for handcuffing him. When Suruli is finally arrested by them, Mynaa too travels along with them. As the four embark a journey towards the prison, the adventure and drama meets with an unexpected twist in the climax.

‘Mynaa’ completely belongs to Prabhu Solomon as he carefully pens a gripping screenplay, though the story might seem to be clichéd, the narrative style is interesting. What makes ‘Mynaa’ a different village based story is the backdrops. Usually most of the village based films would have dusty and dry backgrounds. But Prabhu Solomon has shot the entire film in the backdrops of greenish hill forests. Viddarth made his debut in ‘Thottu Paar’ and he has improved a lot from his previous movie. He scores brownie points throughout the film and Anaka of ‘Sindhu Samaveli’ fame grabs our attention. Sethu G Pillai delivers a colossal performance and Thambi Ramaiah for the first time takes on with a good characterization.

Musical score by D Imman is good and cinematography is captivating.

On the flip side, the film is too lengthy and few scenes precisely look repetitive. The film has more traces of ‘Aval Peyar Tamizharasi’, ‘Paruthiveeran’, ‘Kunguma Poovum Konjum Puravum’, ‘Sethu’ and many more Bharathiraja movies. The film may be well received across the village areas and towns. However, with good promotions in metropolitan cities, it is sure to be a winner at multiplexes as well.

Verdict: Passable show and moderate attempt by Prabhu Solomon

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