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by : Behindwoods review board
Vidharth, Amala Paul.
adventure romances, set in jungle, are
a rarity in Tamil cinema. Although nothing
short of a love story, Myna comes alive
luminously as it traverses through the
unexplored jungles of Munnar. Myna is
largely the story of jinxed lovers but
it’s also about how destiny plays
hide and seek with human emotions when
people are thrown together by way of sheer
circumstances and how it forces them to
Vidharth (Suruli) and Amala Paul (Myna) are childhood
friends. Suruli is attracted to Myna and it doesn’t
take long enough for him to recognize that feeling
as love. They are play mates, when there is power
outage and when Myna has to study in the night Suruli
pedals the bicycle - with the stand on - lighting
up the dynamo and shedding light in the girl’s
text books. Without getting sloppy, director Prabhu
Solomon’s script has such little gems, written
with heart slowly building up the viewer’s expectations
towards the story.
Soon enough, when Myna’s mother realizes that
her little girl is in love with a mucky waster she
decides to marry her off to a man with better prospects.
She also lodges a complaint in the police station
against Suruli for attempting to murder her and Suruli
is imprisoned. As the wedding arrangements progress,
Suruli jailbreaks his way to the village to claim
As the cops, Thambi Ramayya and Sethu, arrive in that
far-flung mountain village to arrest Suruli, the action
sets in motion many unlikely incidents. Myna, for
fear of marrying the other man, decides to use that
opportunity to elope with Suruli in the ensuing commotion.
With that, the movie takes the course of a speeding
jet, trekking through the thickets of the jungles
of Munnar encountering one humungous hurdle after
the other; their jeep meets with an accident, they
get chased by elephants and they lose their way in
the jungle (before you question, no our cops are not
equipped with that magical device called GPS as yet).
In the process, the cops unsuccessfully battle with
their emotions and eventually fall in love with the
couple feeling for their plight. Throw in another
twist of emotional imbalance in the Sethu character;
it’s his thala deepavali and he has to be home
As they make their way through the jungle, numerous
questions arise, as to; will they make it to the civilization
alive and if they did will the lovers be united, so
on and so forth.
Amala Paul shows immense talent; the guileless tenderness
when she puts her love on show, her strong willed
conviction when she decides to choose Suruli over
the arranged marriage and as a result when she is
put through one hardship after the other in the hardest
of terrains. Amala, as Myna, scores in every instance.
Or it could be her eyes, we are not sure. It’s
very easy to fall for that character and the sensible
writing of Myna’s character manipulates the
viewer’s emotions. So does the unpredictable
The other three characters, of that of Suruli and
the cops Thambi Ramayya and Sethu ebb and flow with
the movie. The cast has been shown no mercy as they
are roughed up by natural calamities and accidents
inside the jungle. Another highlight is that the movie’s
pace has been maintained throughout the running time.
The narrative is blended with comical elements so
as to engage the viewer and it works too. Prabhu also
touches upon human right violations by the cops when
they are handcuffed with suspects that restrict their
actions at the will of the cops.
There are moments for Imman’s music when it
impeccably complements the movie’s narrative.
And it’s another benefit that his songs do not
mar the flow of the narrative.
As much as it’s an intense love story, Myna
is an adventure film of sorts; sometimes the adventure
part outweighing the love and longing of the lovers
to be together. Prabhu and cinematographer Sukumar’s
conviction of using natural lighting in the cinematography
is sparkling in parts. Kudos to the director –
producer – distributor team for uncompromisingly
believing in the movie.
Myna might not go down in the history of Tamil cinema
as a love story or a story of jilted lovers. But it
will, by all means, (pardon the cliché here)
be remembered as a story with its heart in the right
Verdict: Heartbreakingly beautiful love adventure!