Vaayai Moodi Pesavum Review
by Sai Shyam G
Much like Balaji Mohan’s debut film, ‘Vaayai Moodi Pesavum’ is also tightly coupled between relationships and emotions. The trailer and promos evoked considerable amount of interest, thanks to the fictitious concept called ‘dumb flu’, which will make people lose their voice when affected. Has the movie managed to make the audience glued to the screens without talking? Read on.
The movie is set at an imaginary scenic hill top called Panimalai. Arvind (Dulquer Salmaan) plays a smart and young sales representative, who could convince anyone to buy his products. Anjana (Nazriya) plays a doctor, who is dominated by her boy friend, to an extent where she is not even allowed to wear her glasses. There are other host of characters including writer Vidhya (Madhoo), Minister Sundaralingam (Pandiarajan), actor Boomesh (John Vijay), ‘Kudigara Sanga Thalaivar’ Ravi (Robo Shankar), landlord (Vinu chakravarthi) and all of them have their own problems due to not expressing themselves properly. As fate would have it, many people get affected by ‘dumb flu’ in Panimalai and lose their voice. A sudden government order bans people from talking in that area to avoid spreading of the disease. When they are allowed to talk later, will they talk what they need to talk? That’s the essence of the movie.
Dulquer Salmaan, son of actor Mammootty, has pulled off his role in style. Be it in the first half, when he has to keep talking throughout, or in the second half, when he has to keep his mouth shut, he is mighty impressive. He is street smart in his role and his charming nature is something which will win you over. Nazriya has a nerdy look attached to her throughout the film, which could be because of the role she has taken up in the film. She is refreshing in her role.
Madhoo of ‘Roja’ fame has not lost her charisma one bit. She scores in the few scenes and kudos to the director, for bringing her back into Tamil films. She could probably take up more interesting characters in the future, so that the makers are not limited to a handful of good character artistes. Balaji Mohan also has an extended cameo role as a news presenter, and at times, he imitates famous news presenters of leading news channels. Arjunan as Arvind’s friend impresses with his innocent acts that turn against him. The rest of the supporting cast fit into their roles aptly.
First time music director Sean Roldan is a man to be watched out for sure. Most part of the second half does not involve dialogues and it is his music that aids the actors’ body language/actions. He has done a terrific job in holding the audience’s attention. The songs are mostly situational and gel well with the director’s narration.
Cinematographer Soundararajan has captured the lush green exteriors aesthetically, while the aptly lit interiors of houses and hospital are appealing too. Abhinav Sundar Nayak has made a good debut, as he has kept the running time under 2 hours and 30 minutes and the first half is thoroughly entertaining. However, for an experimental movie like this one, the running could have been reduced further to make it more engaging.
Direction – Balaji Mohan
Balaji Mohan has tried to touch upon raging issues such as films being banned by trivial groups for even more trivial issues, with a hit of satire in it. Also, stating that producers are happy after RJ Balaji’s voice loss, directly connects with the people who have been noticing everything in the tinsel town thus far. He has gone about this film with a simple message – speak what you have to speak at the right time and always follow your heart. There is a beautiful message said by one of the characters that stresses how one would feel contented if he follows his heart irrespective of the result, rather than doing something against what his heart says. Balaji Mohan’s courage to deal with visuals without dialogues for good part of second half needs a pat on his back.
On the other hand, too many scenes involving Robo Shankar and John Vijay in the second half might make the audience lose their patience. The climax is sort of predictable, as in the case of all feel good movies, but the movie will make you leave the cinema hall with the smile. Probably, you might even learn how to communicate better.