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Mirugam Movie Review

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Cast : Padmapriya, Adhi, Kanja Karuppu

Direction: Samy

Music: Sabesh – Murali

Production: KarthikJai Movies Pvt Ltd

Set in the 1980s, Mirugam sheds light on the awakening of awareness to AIDS in Tamil Nadu, in a rural and backward village in particular. Having said that, the movie does have a solid plot; had the treatment meted out to it been more sincere, it would have stood a chance to be rated among one of the eloquent movies of the year. If you do not consider a waywardly hero sleeping around with every willing women, doing drugs, and gambling to be controversial, Sami has saved himself from the whirlwind of hullabaloos generated by his earlier stint with Uyir.
Aadhi plays the rustic villager – whose mother is a commercial sex worker, that gives him enough and more freedom, perhaps, to live an unrestrained and wild life. The hero, an irrepressible alcoholic and a recluse, tends bullocks and makes a living out it – most of which he blows out gambling and sleeping with prostitutes. After losing his mother, he is being raised by a couple; however, he ill-treats and hurls derogatory abuses at them – the reason stated being his mother’s ill-treatment at the brothel. The director here fails to answer the basic question of the protagonist’s relentless frustration towards his foster parents who are in no way responsible for his mother’s plight.

Aadhi marries the village damsel Padmapriya with the sheer intention of sex and ends up raping her after marriage. Although his assaults and abuses become habitual, Padmapriya, like any other girl in the history of Tamil cinema, vows to transform her companion with visibly negligible results.

The movie further describes the circumstances that lead Aadhi to contract the AIDS virus and diagnosed with what is termed as a mysterious disease at that period. Eventually, will Padmapriya stand by him now till the end of his life or abandon him for the sake of her life forms the crux of the film.

There couldn’t have been a better choice than Aadhi, son of a lesser-known Telugu producer, for the role of Ayyanar. His character is made to be loathed and while he gambles, misbehaves with housewives, and endlessly transgresses with his foster parents, he scores full points. However, since the whole point of his behavior is not substantiated, his histrionics seems wasted without a cause. Padmapriya is first rate as the village belle. Look out for her histrionics in the climax sequence.

While the AIDS issue could have remained the focus of the movie, Sami, on the other hand indulges mostly in other shoddy matters providing it with an overdose of sex delving too much into it. His lack of clear conviction in the subject is glaringly visible that probably made him adopt other ways and means reducing the movie to a mediocre product.

If there were two aspects to be handpicked from the movie, camera and music stand apart. The rustic village setup is skillfully captured by the cameraman and the music travels effortlessly through the narration.

On the whole, Sami’s attempt seems like a lost ball in the high weeds.

Verdict: Well Intentioned, half baked presentation

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