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Mookuthi Amman film forged: Nayanthara, RJ Balaji, Urvashi
Mookuthi Amman film director: RJ Balaji, NJ Saravanan
Mookuthi Amman film rankings: 2.5 stars
The Nineties noticed a stream of Amman motion pictures. When RJ Balaji introduced Mookuthi Amman, I assumed it will be a throwback to a VFX-heavy film displaying god performing a collection of magic tips whereas searching down a bunch of unhealthy guys. And I used to be not anticipating a movie the place AP Nagarajan’s Thiruvilaiyadal meets V Shekar’s Kaalam Maari Pochu by the use of Kodi Ramakrishna’s Ammoru.
Mookuthi Amman is certainly a throwback to devotional motion pictures that took the “god will pluck your eyes out if you happen to lie” risk to a complete new stage. And but, Mookuthi Amman can be very totally different from the movies that we grew up watching. Whereas the sooner god-based motion pictures perpetuated stereotypes and strengthened our fears about god, Mookuthi Amman does the alternative. In broad strokes, it reveals the evils that may befall widespread individuals once they make investments their religion in somebody or one thing because of the worry of divine punishment. The movie takes on spiritual dogmatism, a theme that was nicely dealt with in motion pictures like OMG: Oh My God! and PK.
Engels Ramasamy (RJ Balaji) is our hero. His identify is the mixture of two rationalist thinkers (Friedrich ‘Engels’ and Periyar EV ‘Ramasamy’), however he grows as much as be a staunch god-fearing grownup. Whereas he believes in god, he doesn’t imagine in self-proclaimed godmen. And being a small-time reporter in a distant village in Tamil Nadu, he aspires to make it massive within the media world by exposing Bhagavathi Baba (Ajay Ghosh), who has constructed an empire exploiting individuals’s non secular sentiments. He’s now within the means of buying huge swaths of land to determine a non secular city, and that’s when he runs into Mookuthi Amman (Nayanthara).
Balaji, who has additionally written and co-directed Mookuthi Amman, drops attention-grabbing storylines midway by means of the film. For instance, Ramaswamy’s grandfather, performed by Moulee, vanishes and seems. He’s stated to be a communist. Did he flip right into a believer in god when he joined Mookuthi Amman’s mission to take down the faux godman? Balaji and Saravanan by no means care to reply.
And we get to see little or no of Mookuthi Amman’s miracles. And it’s a massive bummer. Nayanthara seems to be regal, however it isn’t sufficient, as she takes her character too critically. The principle downside with this movie is that it suffers from an identification disaster. It could actually’t resolve whether or not it needs to be a spoof or a severe film. And that muddles the plot to an important extent.
Mookuthi Amman additionally does a very good job of placing sure issues in perspective. Particularly, how spirituality is exploited to construct massive enterprise empires. The stretch capturing the dramatic agony stemming from a middle-class household’s lack of progress additionally strikes a chord. And Urvashi as Ramaswamy’s doting mom hits the ball out of the park.
There’s not a single boring second in Mookuthi Amman even when issues don’t add up when it comes to logic or continuity. And it is without doubt one of the redeeming qualities of Mookuthi Amman.
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