Oct 14, 2005

Mazhai



(Pic adopted from NRILINKS)

With the news of Shriya being selected as Rajini's heroine in 'Sivaji' and Chennai getting some real good rain, I thought it would be appropriate to put the review of 'Mazhai'.

Serious version:
Story:
MN Nambiar - time old story revisited: Poor hero and rich, rowdy villain -both in love with heroine.

So, what is different?
"Mazhai" is different as Shriya's friend. The director has to be lauded for not overdoing the mazhai part. Shriya looks refreshingly different and good.. The title has given the freedom to get her drenched for those cute romantic moments and not-so-catchy songs.

Attractions?
Hehehe.. Shriyavum Shriyavai sarndha idangalum, (I mean, scenes) of course.. She has surely improved from her "football coach" role of 'Enakku 20...'. (Ravi-yoda heroines ellam are making it big now.. After Sada, now Shriya in a Shankar movie.. and there is the one-and-only Asin.. Renuka Menon is the only misfit.. Ezhudhi vachukkonga.. adhu nijama theraadha case). The title song is good to hear but others are so-so. Kalabhavan Mani and Vadivelu are OK.

Disappointments:
Stone-faced villain Rahul Dev, as usual. Though in the field for over 6 years, seems not to worry on acting as much as his body. (Trivia: The producer of the movie has dubbed for the villain and I dont think that soft voice suits him). Paavam Ambika.. (eppadi irundha neenga ippadi ayitteenga). Paattula ellam 'telugu vasanai' balama adikkuthu.. Movie is quite predictable.

Verdict:
Worth watching once. Better to see without any expectations. Rajni fans will see this movie to see their new 'anni'.

Lighter version:
For the fourth time in a row, Ravi overdoes the "rising after heavily beaten (and even stabbed)" part. Third time in four movies, he keeps running with the heroine.. Makkal theater-ai vittu odama parthukkoppa.. Director Shriya-vai nalla "arimugapaduthuraar".. Tamil makkal thookkathai kalaikkanumnu "idaiveli" kidaikkira saakkule mazhaiyle avarai saree-oda aada vidurar. He would have gone to Ambasamudram for shooting the movie with a truck full of Vicks and Amrutanjan. Padam parkkara namakke appappo jaladhosham pidikkira madhiri irukku..

Quick and short review is what I could manage.. Have a good weekend, friends!! Off to Disneyland, Orlando tomorrow to celebrate the first anniversary of my US life..

21 comments:

Nitin said...

heh. i saw the movie just to see shreya, all my friends she looks good,and she didn't do a bad job of acting either. Its good to hear that she is acting with Rajni in Sivaji. although i dont get how come people accept the fact that Nayantara, and Shreya are a pair match for Rajni. On SUNTv, they are goin to show the 200days function of Chandramukhi, and Rajni looks so sick. Makeup can change a person totally.

Raju said...

Yeah Nitin, for me too the major driving force was the same. Age is never going to be a factor while deciding the heroines for big stars..

Arjuna_Speaks said...

dude - I watched the gulti version varsham for almost 3 weeks in splits!!! - since I culdnt sit and watch that movie :)) - piece of junk - but I like the hero prabhas - he culd act in tamil movies - surely the girls here wuld drool over him :))

Arjuna_Speaks said...

but shriya cant act man! I dunno how she is gonna act with rajni and that too in a shankar's movie!

Raju said...

Arjuna, this movie is a watchable 'OK' kinda movie. Have you seen any requirement of 'acting' for the heroines of Rajini and Shankar movies?

Sid, thanks for ur wishes. 'Harmonal thiruvilayadal'... mmm.. interesting.. heard something like that for the first time.. Ravi, as Balaji said for 'Daas', would have made a phoenix proud in this movie too.. :-)

Balaji said...

raju, LOL @ asking for cricket score on phone... spoken like a true cricket fanatic :)

tt_giant said...

Would remember to do so!.

Have a nice time. Enjoy the space ride...

ada-paavi!!!! said...

i hope ur alive and kicking after watching this movie,
reports have indicated some people have been suffering from some serious illness after watching this movie!!

Adaengappa !! said...

Happy anniversary greetings !!

Sundar Narayanan said...

happy anniversary raju.. the reference to "anni" was cute but annanoda heroinea anninnu solli you are making them sound older !

of course in a few years they will become older and take mother roles (like ambika).. but annan is endrum 16

:)

Arjuna_Speaks said...

oops sorry raju - I missed out on ur last para :) - happy anniversary :)

Narayanan Venkitu said...

Happy Anniversary and many more happy returns of the day.

New anni..! LOL :).

I wanted to see Ghajini today ...unfortunately..they are showing Mazhai..!! Do I wan't to watch Jayam Ravi ( Dubakoor..!) May be Shriya...But its ok...I thought ..I'll pass.!

Thanks for the review

Raju said...

Vatsan, serious illness? Jaladhosham due to rain, or something else about the story, etc. of the movie? I have watched worse movies, so nothing that bad in this movie.

Nitin, thanks.. We visited Epcot.. it was great.. Enjoyed a lot.. Will visit the other parks soon. Remembered you while crossing Ocala. :-)

Prabhu, thanks...

Sundar, welcome, and thanks. Rajini and other heroes.. lucky they are to get really young heroines to play opposite them.

Raju said...

Arjuna, thanks.

Narayanan, Thanks. Bad luck.. Ghajini and Mazhai are in different leagues. I am sure you havent have missed much by not watching Mazhai.. :-)

tt_giant said...

Raju: Cool!. I enjoyed that ride too. Is this your first time in Orlando?.

Maybe after I come back from India, we can meet up someplace.

Raju said...

Ram, thanks.
Renuka Menon looks nothing more than a 'sumaarana' doll... God save 'Kalaaba kadhalan' for Arya's sake.

Deepak, yeah.. it was inceed the first time. Though we were planning an Orlando visit for long time, somehow we couldnt just make it. Yesterday, when we drove back, it took just 1 1/2 hours of journey.. that is too near to miss out in the future.. :-) So, we are thinking of some one-day trips to Orlando in the next 2-3 months to see the rest of the parks.

I am also looking forward to meeting you.. Let us plan sometime somewhere after you are back.

Balaji said...

"Rajini and other heroes... lucky they are to get really young heroines to play opposite them."
- raju... enna kindalaa?! its the heroines who r lucky to be paired with thalaivar :) adhaan apdi adichukkaraanga...

Raju said...

Balaji, naan unga thalaivarai pathi mattuma sonnenn.. ennoda thalaivaraiyum serthudhaan..

Namakku 30 vayasu agumbodhey chinna ponnungalai parthu edho innoru grahathule irundhu vandhavanga madhiri perumoochu mattum vida vendiyirukku... Ivangallam 50+ ku appuram 18-20 nga kooda duet paaduna eppadi? :-)

BTW, Balaji, in my previus post (Caption for poonai), I was expecting your comment.. Somehow I had a feeling that you might think of the same caption as mine.. And it was you that I had my 'last hope' on. (if you check my penultimate comment in that post).

Balaji said...

raju, en mara mandaikku nalla comment onnum thonala. so suspense thaanga mudiyama, i checked out your comment on vanathi's post right away. adhaan i didn't have a comment of my own. yours was an awesome comment :) very clever...

Raju said...

Enna Balaji, ippadi sollitteenga.. Anagrams, jumbles, sudoku appadi ippadinnu kalakkuravar aache neenga.. ungalodadhu mara mandainna ennodadhu ellam kalimannadhan irukkum..

Thanks for ur praisal.. some others had written good captions too.. Naan clever ellam onnum illey... andha neram dhideernu thonichu.. avlodhaan..:-)

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