by : Behindwoods review board
Nithin Sathya, Daniel Balaji,
Lakshmi Rai, Manjari Phadnis.
A Vision Jeeva Studios Film
too long that we griped about
the lack of movies that keep
the turnstiles busy, comes Muthirai,
packed with action, sentiment,
love and comedy good enough
for two movies. Director Srinath
knows his onions only too well
and as a result, the racy story
is further strewn with countless
twists – some drab, but
most of them surprisingly convincing
fuelling the pace of the movie
ensuring that there’s
never a dull moment in the script.
Muthirai’s story is a
tightly knotted web that unfurls
during the course of the movie
with the help of plot aids,
significant with such fast-paced
movies such as double crosses,
treachery and felony.
In an ugly political feud, Anand’s
brother Saravanan gets shot
and Anand slips into a coma,
by the power-hungry Ponvannan
who is next in line for the
Chief Minister position. Much
to his chagrin, the killing
is secretly filmed and when
he learns about it, the chase
for the video begins. With that
begins the script to fly and
with only very few stumbling
blocks the movie races at the
speed of light.
Daniel Balaji and Nithin Sathya are petty
thieves who steal passports, credit cards
and pick pockets. While Lakshmi Rai is an
ill-fated girl who is tricked to marry Daniel
Balaji, Manjari catches up with Nithin during
his adventures at a ladies hostel. All these
characters accidentally cross roads with
Chetan, who owns the killer video, and drive
the movie to its conclusion.
Twists, like bolts from the blue, packed
in every nook and corner of the script unfold
rather unexpectedly and since you are not
at a loose end, it leaves no time for you
to think before another one takes over like
it’s a loop. Fifteen minutes into
the movie, Rakhi gyrates her way into the
script lip-syncing the raunchy number ‘Night
is still young’ in her barely-there
garb. That sets the tone of the movie and
everything from then on is uphill.
Pardon the cliché, but the role does
fit Daniel Balaji to a T. His killer looks
(literally, that is) and the all-is-chill
attitude works for the role. A satisfactorily
done job is attributed to Nithin Satya.
Of the ladies, Lakshmi gets more footage
and scope while Manjari is confined to a
few scenes and the rather tolerable Alagaana
Neeyum song, in her voice. Talking of it,
only the July Maadathil song speaks of Yuvan’s
name and the rest of them just fade from
memory as soon as the end credits roll on.
Director Srinath, Jeeva’s former Assistant,
is the surprise in the whole package, who
has earlier done comical roles in a few
movies. His script saves the day for him
and the nicely done screenplay does more
than just that. It adds the required grip
to the movie’s flow. The story is
written by Anees Jeeva.
Saleem’s camera loses out chances
in many scenes and ends up being just above
mediocre. With a plot like this, the camera
could just have enhanced the impact of the
movie in more ways than one. Same way, despite
Antony’s choppy editing attributes,
the movie sustains owing to the other pluses.
Muthirai is fast and filled with oomph and
all that is required to keep you on your
toes over the weekend at the theatres. With
the stretched-tight script, neat direction,
fast men and glamorous women, Muthirai might
just be the kind of entertainer you missed
for a little while at the box-office.
Go for it!