Mayakkam enna…why the trance? The movie is about a young man who slips into trance called depression, while pursuing his passion and aspirations, before achieving his dream with the support of his beloved friends and his iron strong wife.
I would not re-iterate the plot yet again, as the readers would have gazed the story line in ‘n’ number of reviews. Rather, I would like to put down the thoughts which would strike many of us, while being a part of this awesome journey called Mayakkam Enna.
The characters of Karthik and Yamini – they are perfectly etched out. Had any one of these lead characters been poorly described, the entire plot would have gone haywire. The character of Karthik is that of a typical energetic youth who wants to live his dream but lacks the courage to reach the pinnacle of his aspirations. He is fragile in nature, easily disturbed and lacks patience. But the character of Yamini is exactly the opposite of Karthik. She is bold, calm, poised and little spoken; in short a typical matured girl. Without Yamini, Karthik’s dream would have been a dream forever. Karthik would have been in trance once for all, but it’s because of that strong hearted girl, Karthik’s trance gets converted to success. Come whatever may, if you have someone who stands by you always, you can definitely win – this has been clearly conveyed by Selva in Mayakkam Enna. But, that ‘someone’ is very difficult to find, apart from your family.
The cinematography of the movie is simply the best. The sequences wherein Karthik capturing the image of the bird in the forest is amazing. Music, especially the BGM, is one of the best in recent times. The music director has clearly understood the pulse of the movie and has done his job perfectly. Characters like Sundar, Madesh, Sundar’s father etc added to movie’s strengths. Though the screenplay is complex, it’s matured. The sequence where Karthik’s best friend asks out Yamini and the way Yamini handles the situation proves it.
The movie clearly puts some of the real life points in disguised mode.
Men are physically strong but mentally weak. Women might be physically weak but are mentally stronger than men. Selva has shown this perfectly on screen by his lead characters.
Passion - Pursuing one’s passion is not that simple. While on the journey of his passion, there will be lots of downs than ups and one has to be mentally strong to achieve that passion.
Betrayal – It’s a part and parcel of everyone’s life. One of the World’s best photographer cheating a budding young aspiring photographer - events like this happen in real life and most of the times we are clueless on how to tackle the situation. (Had it been a mass masala movie, our hero would have thrashed the villain and his body guards after the betrayal!)
Fortune – However talent you are, you need a bit of fortune also to come up in life. The sequence where Kumudham flies from one place to other place before landing at the right place clearly depicts this. Accept it or not, fortune definitely plays a minor role in everyone’s life.
The movie is undoubtedly one of the well made movies. When movies like 7am arivu and Velayutham can win in the box office, this movie, definitely, has to win. I hope it does! When I had to come out of the movie hall, I wish I had seen Selva. Had I seen him, I would have definitely hugged him and given him a big bow, after all he captured the real life human emotions on screen with no adulteration.