Mayanginen Thayanginen Review

Jun 2, 2012 By Rohit Ramachandran

Tamil movies have a single approach to creating an eerie mood. It is raining and past midnight. A man is shown talking to the corpse of his girlfriend as he digs her grave. A low-pitched howl of some random woman from Chottanikkara swells. He probably killed her, yes? No.

Rewind back to when things were nice and happy. A bunch of guys get drunk and sleep on the terrace of one of their houses. The urgency to get a delivering woman to the hospital gets them on their feet. I don't remember any of the characters' names, so I will use the actors' names. Taxi driver Nithin Satya opts to take the woman in his cab. On their way, a political rally refuses to let them by. When told of the situation, the head of the rally replies "Namma thalaiva veliya varumbothu, kozhandhaiyum veliya varatum." ROFL. Suddenly, the taxi driver gets a call from the operator of the cab services he works for and they engage in flirtatious banter; right here in the middle of the road and when a woman is in labour.

There's a rare pleasure in reviewing these terrible movies. You can be sure of seeing and hearing the most ridiculous things. They can be extremely offensive when you see the filmmaker's self-assuredness (Yudham Sei) but at most times, they are laughable. You don't need Ganja Karuppu and his ingratiating monologues to infuse humour into the film.

There's a sub-plot involving a cop, Ajay Ratnam, who engages in sexual role-play with his wife. He says "hands up" before he aims his gun, his order of actions reversed in the line of duty. At other times, she's locked up in the house disallowed to draw the curtains wide open. There's only so much she can put up with. Nithin Satya who has already been established as a guy with sensitivity towards women is reinforced with the same qualities when he takes on a purse-snatching crook. The grateful woman says "Periya help panirkenga. Coffee sapdalaama?" Another pair of actors thinks they're reinventing Kaadhal by playing the mechanic and the school girl who lusts after him. They also think they ought to unabashedly announce "En friends laam ni Bharath madhiri irrukka, naan Sandhya madhiri irruken nu solranga," to side-step the accusation of being caricatures.

We find out that the heroine has a really dark past but her eyes, which have been sparkling with eternal zest, cannot vouch for the same. A flashback takes us to the most absurd idea- the chairman of a psychiatric hospital rapes his under-age patients and posts videos of them on a public website. The heroine, who loses her sister, stumbles on the website by accident. Guess how she retaliates? She downloads the videos, saves them in a pen drive and threatens him with it, in person, as if she were holding him at knife point. How could you root for such a daft character? Filmmaker S.T.Vedham thinks we're on her side simply because she requests permission to leave work early when there are thugs on their way to get her.

I could say that movies like Mayanginen Thayanginen shouldn't be made but I won't. Such movies don't have the slightest influence on the viewer. They're just a waste of time and resources. The performers have little to offer to us, the writer has little to offer to the performers, the music numbers pop at the worst times and the director has the laborious task of presenting their works. Apparently, a sad ending alone is enough to make a film dark and hence, realistic. There's too much to overlook in Mayanginen Thayanginen. You try overlooking all of these problems and by the end you would've overlooked the entire film.

I could say that movies like Mayanginen Thayanginen shouldn't be made but I won't. Such movies don't have the slightest influence on the viewer. They're just a waste of time and resources.
Rating: 1.1 / 10
Rohit Ramachandran