After a long delay, finally 'Mayilu' has hit the screens this week-end. It's a rural tale on a woman who falls in love. Debutant filmmaker Jeevan has touched upon the life of innocent people in a remote village in Madurai district.
Shammu, who impressed one and all playing a complex character in national award winning film 'Kanchivaram', dons the female lead and the whole film is narrated from her point of view.
Kudos to Jeevan for recreating the lives of people in rural Tamilnadu. Giving fillip to the emotional drama is maestro Illayaraja's background score.
Interestingly, 'Mynaa' fame Viddharth plays a second fiddle in the movie. Ganja Karuppu plays the comedian's role, while the rest are some fresh faces who carry things well on their shoulders.
The film carries a rationalist theme throwing light on some superstitions that still prevail in our villages. Moserbaer deserves a pat for taking efforts to ensure 'Mayilu' finally gets to see the light of the day.
Thogai Mayilu (Shammu) is a bubbly and an innocent girl in a village. Adored by all, she falls for the village chieftain's (Nattamai) son Kumar (Shri).
The hero and his friend (Viddharth) are rationalists and conduct shows to create awareness among the people. When Mayilu express her desire to marry Kumar, turn of events lead to the hero being worshiped as Godman of the village.
His family decides not to get him married and give him as adoption to the temple. With no other option, Mayilu elopes from the village with him and seeks the help of Kumar's friend. What happens then forms the crux.
Shammu's expressions deserve appreciation. She brings out innocence, anger and frustration through her character. Ganja Karuppu does manage to evoke some laughter while Viddharth does a decent job.
The life and soul of the movie is Illayaraja's background score. He has ensured that there is life in every frame through his BGM. At places, he has allowed silence take the sequences forward.
On the flip side, the movie lacks pace and a sense of deja vu prevails. One may feel that the theme might be outdated. Having seen similar films in the past, one cannot deny that patience is tested often.