are some movies which remain etched in your thoughts
not because they dazzle you with wizardry but because
they make their presence felt in a quiet manner. Mounaragam
fits into the second category. This Maniratnam
charmer deals with marriage and its strengths from a
It marked a fresh look at the institution by portraying
the hero, Chandru as willing to let go his wife, Divya,
who cannot forget her dead lover(Karthik). In the
traditional family, girls have no choice to air their
likes and have to live with the man they are forced
to marry. Divya’s plight was no different and
yet Chandru had the fine sensibility to accept her
past romance. He says that he is interested only in
the future and not her past. This line of thinking
was new to Tamil cinema. But, Divya was a sentimental
woman and could not cut herself from the past. Thus,
the difficulties that women face in broken relationships
were underlined in a subtle manner.
film captures the one-year period that they spend together.
The tender moments and the gentle flow of life were
marked well. Ilayaraja’s
music was captivating and all the songs were hits. The
melodrama element is brought in through the incident
in which Chandru is beat up by disgruntled elements
from his workplace. The pain felt by Divya and her efforts
to help in his recovery change her perception of marriage.
She becomes emotionally attached to him. The film ends
with the message that marriage is successful only as
long as the partners are emotionally bound to each other.
The physical element is secondary.
today’s world, where youngsters have more freedom
to choose their life partners, Mounaragam may seem anachronistic.
Yet, it is a film to be watched to understand the nuances
of a good and lasting marriage.