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Mathil Mel Poonai

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08 Mar, 2013 2 hrs 20 mins A
Vijay Vasanth, Vibha Natarajan, Thambi Ramaiah, Meera Krishnan
Synopsis

The script has the potential to be converted into a genuine thriller, but fumbles due to bad writing.

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  • Times of India
Synopsis: Karthik (Vijay) is an out-of-job software engineer. He meets Divya (Viba) after he enrolls as a driving instructor. They get married and on a trip to Divya's native place, her past catches up with her.

Movie Review: Mathil Mel Poonai starts off with the story of five school friends. The boys are a notorious lot, and give their teachers hell and fellow students a run for their money. From this, it cuts to the story of Karthik and Divya, and these portions pan out like a cliche. What starts off as a tutor-student relationship gradually becomes mutual admiration and then love. Again, the movie cuts to the story of the boys.

This non-linear narration works well and when the stories meet at the halfway mark, the movie turns to a cat-and-mouse game. All credit to the editors Praveen K L and N B Srikanth, though some portions could have been pruned more.

Mathil Mel Poonai works like a cat on the wall. The script has the potential to be converted into a genuine thriller, but fumbles due to bad writing. The movie is not for the faint-hearted as there is a lot of violence, some extremely graphic. Although this is something that is unavoidable, it could have been toned down, particularly the scenes involving children.

The boy who plays the role of Johnny (the leader of the pack) does well as an adolescent full of rage, although we are not told what pushes the boy to violence. Kaarthik as the adult Johnny comes out fine. Vijay Vasanth gets to do something more than bring in the laughs and, along with Viba, he does a fine job.

Music by Ganesh Ragavendra is neat, though some songs stick out like a sore thumb because of their placement. Barani Jayapal gets a few things right in terms of showing the importance of a parent's and teacher's role in bringing up a child, but fails in justifying such ruthless violence in children.
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Mauli Agarwal
nice
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Hariom Shukla
average
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Annamalai
ordinary movie. good try
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