The first time one watched Selvaraghavan’s Kadhael Kondaen, one could not but strongly empathise with his lead Vinoth; then he brought the crazy lover alive with 7G, you could partially agree with his antics but when you watch the same loner in MNM, you already know his moves. His awkwardness, his obsession for the lady love and even his groovy moves – you have seen them all before, only with much better BGM to aid the proceedings. But all is not lost, the heroine’s character has been etched pretty well by Selvaraghavan’s writing and brought out splendidly by his wife and debutant director Geetanjali Selvaraghavan. The female lead, portrayed impressively by Wamiqa Gabbi is in fact the only character that has layers in this romantic drama between an unlikely couple thrown together in an arranged marriage. The rest of the cast are pretty much like props in the background, utterly under-utilised and uni-dimensional.
Half way through the movie, you actually sit up and wait to see how the director would handle the sensitive issue in hand – abuse within marriage. Though the debutante stays away from crass portrayals, the screenplay is not taut enough for us to invest in the love story of the lead pair in the first place. While some scenes play out like 90’s movies ( the clichéd husband taking care of the sick wife), some are pure genius. There’s this moment where the hero plays ‘Nenju Ezhu’ in his headphones as his father shouts his heart out, if only we had more such lively scenes, perhaps even the usual Selvaraghavan-Yuvan combo, we would have had a winner. Here, Geetanjali tries but fails to make us fall in love.