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  • Shut up and watch

    Rajiv Menon (50 DM Points)

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    3.5
    Desimartini | Updated - April 25, 2014 16:11 PM IST
    3.4DM (1331 ratings)

    Verdict - To enjoy ‘Vaayai Moodi Pesavum’, you have to shut up and watch.

    Vaayai Moodi PesavumWatch trailerRelease date : April 25, 2014



    I haven't watched Balaji Mohan's directorial debut Kadhalil Sodhappuvathu Eppadi, so I watched his second film Vaayai Moodi Pesavum with no expectations. Going by Tamil cinema's standard today, VMP gives us hope that there's still some creativity left in this industry, which is shouldered by filmmakers such as Nalan Kumarasamy and Karthik Subbaraj who never hesitate to go against the grain. Don't forget to include Balaji Mohan in that list for introducing Tamil audiences to a Wood Allen-ish style narrative that's packed with humour and satire in equal proportions.

    Set in an imaginary place called Panimalai, the film revolves around a set of characters that have communication problems. Dulquer plays Arvind, a sales man who has a gift to sweep people off their feet with his words. Nazriya plays Anjana, who is exactly opposite to Arvind. She struggles to express, stand up and say no when she's asked to do something she dislikes. Likewise, there are several characters in the film who have only one thing in common, their inability to know when to communicate and when not to. What happens when all these characters are plagued by a disease called 'Dumb Flu' (which stops people from speaking)?

    Balaji has a knack to use humour constructively to build an entertaining narrative that's equally thought-provoking. Aware of the fact that his creative attempt may or may not be welcomed with arms wide open, Balaji at the very beginning of the film explains the premise of the story in a few lines, its purpose and what it sets out achieve. This helps a viewer; irrespective of which class (A, B or C) he or she belongs to understand the film.

    You don't have to be a genius to understand and appreciate this film. If only we know when to speak and when to shut up, most of our problems are resolved says Balaji through this film, which has wonderful performances by the lead cast. Dulquer is a treat to watch on screen. He scores an ace in getting his Tamil accent flawless, expressions perfect and acting with gusto. Nazriya comfortably slips in a character so contrary to her roles in the past. She doesn't play one of those chirpy "all heroines should look good" on screen kind of roles, yet she pulls it off with ease. There are host of wonderful supporting actors who deserve to be lauded.

    From politicians to cinema stars and fringe groups that try to ban the release of films, Balaji hasn't spared anyone in his attempt to tell them to 'shut up". He treads on a thin line between humour and satire, but he managed to execute it without any problems. Sean Roldan's music is far better than the tunes of several recent southern composers. He uses his music so well to express the emotions of the characters in second half where the film hardly has any dialogues.

    To enjoy 'Vaayai Moodi Pesavum', you have to shut up and watch.

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    Rated 3.5April 25, 2014

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