Let down by screenplay -- Maayakkannaadi
Genre: Social drama
Storyline: About a couple of young people, who want to become over night millionaires.
Cheran's much awaited film does not live up to its expectations. One does not know what Cheran wants to convey through Chellammai Celluloids "Maayakkannaadi," in which positive aspect is thoroughly missing. Does he want to say that one must work hard to attain a standard in life (a lecture given by Radha Ravi at the end of the film) or misery and failure alone are a part of life or try as one might, one cannot come up in lifewhatever one does he cannot come up in life?
Kumar (Cheran) works in a five-star salon. while his lady love Maheswari (Navya Nair) works in the beauty parlour. Both come across affluent clients on a daily basis and wonder when they would become so rich. They try various means (Cheran even tries to get a breakthrough in cinema) but all the efforts end in failure.
Cheran has not worked enough on the script. And hence shows no grip over the proceedings that simply meander. Actor Cheran has done a good job. Navya Nair is not only easy on the eye but also spontaneous with her work. The best performance, however, comes from Prakash (producer of G.J.Combines). His dialogue delivery and body language belie the fact that this is his first assignment. Radha Ravi as the owner of the salon is good but should he have sported that weird hairstyle? Poet Muthulingam does the job of an elderly actor fairly well. Sarath Kumar, Malavika, and Arya appear as guest artists in one scene each. The dialogue is simple and sharp.
The film certainly benefits from Ilaiyaraja's songs and the background. He has literally celebrated his 31st year in films. From "Annakkili" to "Maayakkannadi" he has come a long way. The songs and orchestration do have something to talk about.
There are six songs and the first, `Konjam Konjam,' is a melody sung by Karthik and Sreya and written by Pa. Vijai. The first pallavi reminds you of `Khajuraho' composed by Raja himself. The maestro really knows to choose the hit for him to sing. `Kasu Kayil' is one such song written by Muthulingam.
Thippu and Manjari have sung a duet, `Oru Mayalogam' written by Pazhani Bharathi. Vijay Yesudass and Nanditha have sung `Ulagile Azhagi' written by Mu. Mehta rich in lyrical content. Vaalee's `Ele, Enga Vanthae' sung by Ilayaraja with chorus is another good number.
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