Mayakkam Enna (Tamil Film): Gutsy and Glorious Few!


If human relationships could be bracketed under mystic wraps, then I would be the most prominent protagonist to breathe life with pretentious fame.

‘Mayakkam Enna’ is one such tantalising epic that miscodes and quotes life in phonetic modes. A great ‘hounds and fur’ portrayal of versatile characters in situations of despicable abyss, ME enthrals most of it with flaws of pardonable stature.

Once again, the foundations of a film has been rested on the most curative and blissful relationship known to man: friendship. A spurious gang with a heart of gold, the best friend with an inexplicably beautiful date and the primitive ‘genius’ who gets the better of the both to marry his best pal’s so called girlfriend: the plot and the sequences have been put in place with casual importance. Struggles and veracity are parallels to this bunch of youngsters who fall and blossom with the timeless vein.

The screenplay has been the lynchpin of this Selvaraghavan courage and I was surprised (quiet honestly) to see the maturity in the script. Performances have been top notch and are praiseworthy. Seldom in the elite annals of Tamil cinema has a woman been showcased to be the epitome of man’s evolution (even though the current crop of generation has been able to come to terms with this lost but chrome reality) with such powerful grace. The 8 minute magic were Yamini is requested to embrace infidelity by one of their best buddies owing to Karthik’s pitiable state and her stunning response to his lustful penchant was pure aesthetics from a woman who was very much in love with her husband. It remains to be one of the finest moments crafted in Tamil cinema and I remain loathed till it flows away.

Dhanush delivers a sedate and impressive performance, once again. Here is one actor who is coming of age, never mind if it’s touch unorthodox and lacks pomp. Richa Gangopadhyay’s histrionics are a testimony to Selvaraghavan’s stint with a filmmaker’s pantheon. The supporting cast doesn’t go over board and Karthik-Yamini roll it over with calculated restraint.

I have always penned Selvaraghavan’s works with disdain. With ‘Mayakkam Enna’, he is realising his doses well and is an improved talented version of what he was with his earlier mishaps. An inspiring film with the right ingredients, I look forward to his future assignments with unpredictable glee.

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