29 Aug, 2014 2 hrs 37 mins U
Ashwin, Shrushti, Jayaprakash, Vijayakumar, Naren, Angana Roy, Y Gee Mahendra
Fusing romance and thriller has worked well in the past, but this director wants more of mush and less of thriller

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Synopsis: It's love at first sight for Mugil when he sees Megha. She starts reciprocating his love but one day, Megha goes missing. What's happening?

Movie Review: Megha opens in an interesting way. A heavily injured girl is admitted to a hospital and some time later, an injured man stumbles into the place. The nurse, who knows this man, admits him but soon, the cops come there announcing that he had attempted to rape and murder the girl.

There are two movies in Megha — a love story about a rich girl and her not-so-rich boyfriend, and a whodunit about a dead cop who might or might not have committed suicide. Fusing romance and thriller has worked well in the past and you only have to look at Kaakha Kaakha for proof. As in that film, here too, the hero's profession spills into his personal life and his lover gets kidnapped. But what's crucial in these films is the proportion in which the romance and thriller elements are mixed and the manner in which both these portions are executed. And, that's the problem with Megha .

Director Karthick Rishi wants more of romance and makes the thriller element perfunctory. So, the hero's investigation (he is a forensic expert) into the murder isn't logical (Mugil jumps to conclusions quite often without having any proof) and the mystery behind the identity of the murderer is never kept up. But the director displays a sense of humour when we are told about the suspects — we are shown photos of regular filmi bad guys from Nasser to Sampath and Shanmugaraja.

As for the romantic scenes, the earlier portions fare somewhat better. The meet-cute and the wooing and flirting are cinematic, but there are some nice-ish dialogues ( Nee enna paakum podhellam romba azhaga iruppa ) and moments (Mugil proposing to Megha while a prospective groom is in her home)... and many corny ones as well. Like in the scene where Megha takes a puff of Mugil's cigarette (anti-smoking disclaimers be damned!) and says that she has returned his kiss.

The latter portions are pure mush and quite over-the-top, and the climax is muddled (probably because the earlier one involving euthanasia has been altered after a preview). And, the director seems to be too fond of slow motion shots, which only stretch the running time. The leads, too, are one note and not endearing enough. But the seasoned performers like Vijayakumar, Y Gee Mahendra and Jayaprakash add some pep to the proceedings. And, Ilaiyaraaja's score and the pleasing cinematography by RB Gurudhev prop up the film a bit, especially in the romantic scenes.
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