Movie: Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal
Starring: Vimal. Lasini, Arjun, Surveen, Cheran, Banu
Directed by: Vasanth
By Vivek Ramz
Mahendra Talkies' 'Moondru Per Moondru Kadhal' (MPMK) tries to be a good old story about love but director Vasanth, known for his realistic drama, seems to have lost his magical touch and has given us a mediocre product this time.
What’s it about?
As the title suggests, the film is about three love stories set against three different landscapes and how they intersect with each other. Varun (Vimal) and Anjana’s (Lasini) love story happens in the Ooty mountains (in Tamil literature, they are referred to as Kurinji), Guna (Cheran) and Mallika’s (Banu) story happens in Tuticorin seashore (Neidhal) & Harris (Arjun) and Divya’s (Surveen) story happens in the city (Marudham). The story revolves around these couples and the trials and tribulations they face.
Vasanth’s idea to make a film about love with a unique concept is welcome but the way in which he narrates the story is not interesting. The first love story is a big letdown and since it’s the opening one, it makes the viewer lose interest in the film. The scenes look artificial and the dialogues, which are intended to evoke laughter, fall flat. The film literally takes off only when the second love story starts, but it also lacks the spark needed to take the film to next level. The third and the last one is the best and it’s portrayed beautifully with a realistic touch. The connecting line between all three stories is not powerfully depicted.
MPMK has a strong cast to back up the script and there are great, as well as lacklustre performances. Vimal as the software engineer is completely miscast and it clearly shows on screen that he is uncomfortable playing the ubercool Varun, whereas his partner Lasini’s role doesn’t give her much scope and is just about okay. Cheran, as social worker Guna, is apt and so is Banu, but it’s Arjun who walks away with top acting honours. He is perfectly fit as swimming coach Paul Harris Rosario and his performance is top class, providing the necessary boost to an otherwise dull film. His love interest Surveen also impresses in terms of looks and acting. If she selects the right films, she will go places.
Yuvan Shankara Raja’s songs are the highlight of the film and few of them are pictured beautifully by Bhojan K Dinesh. All songs sync well with the film but ‘Aaha Kaadhal’ is the best of the lot, with fantastic vocals by Nandini Srikar. Vasanth’s son Ritvik Varun has done a cameo appearance in ‘Stop the Paattu’ song and he has a long way to go, both in terms of dancing and facial expressions. Yuvan has again proved that he’s good at background music. Dinesh’s cinematography is neat and has captured all three landscapes well. The shots under water with Surveen are particularly good. Editing by Fazil could have been better by chopping few unwanted scenes in the initial part of the film.
As said by Vasanth, MPMK is not a love story, but a story about love that is not asking but giving. Keeping in mind with this idea, Vasanth has tried his best to deliver a quality product about love without a separate humour track or masala. But he somewhat fails to weave an engaging screenplay around it to make for a pleasant watch.
What to do?
It is not entirely bad and those who love pure romantic flicks can watch it once provided if you can sit through the bland first hour of the film.
in.com rating: 2.5/5
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