| For every director like Jeeva (12B), who is ready to tackle new
concepts and ideas in Tamil cinema, there exist a dozen directors willing to settle
for the same old storyline and offering nothing new in their treatment of it either.
Mitta Miraasu director Mu.Kalanjiyam definitely falls in the latter category.
The movie offers up the time-tested story of a man struggling to clear his father's
name in the eyes of the villagers.
Chellaiya(Prabhu) is at loggerheads with his uncle Masilamani(Alex) and his two
sons. Several incidents help compound this enmity with Chellaiya marrying
Meenakshi(Roja), who refuses to marry Masilamani's son after learning of his
vices. Chellaiya's brother(Ravi Rahul) and his wife Vijaya(Mumtaj) become closer
to Masilamani and his sons and so Chellaiya tells his brother the truth. Turns out
that Masilamani had been responsible for backstabbing Chellaiya's father(Napolean)
turning the villagers against him. Its now upto Chellaiya now to clear his name
and expose Masilamani's true colors.
Mitta Miraasu sets several things up and raises expectations but then fails
to deliver on those expectations. Problems arise and issues are created but all
of them end in a rather lame manner. The biggest of these is obviously the reason behind
Prabhu's enmity with Alex. His mother's widowhood and Alex's character set us up
for a weighty flashback but the sequence is anticlimactic. Similar flashbacks in
movies like Muthu were superbly handled and
contributed to the effectiveness of the movie as a whole. While Napolean gets the
right kind of introduction, the whole segment lacks any kind of zing and both Alex's
act and the result are muted and mild considering the buildup.
With the flashback coming rather late, the director is forced to move the story along
with routine romance, comedy, songs and stunts. All of these are good at spots and
so prevent the movie from being bogged down too much. Manivannan and Vadivelu
have some funny lines with Vadivelu being the target of blows from not just
Sarala but also his little son. But the biggest laughs are unfortunately generated
by the cheesy graphics in the climax. Inspite of stiff competition from
Rama.Narayanan's Amman movies, Prabhu's leap from the house and the subsequent fake
explosion win the prizes for the most cheesy graphics in tamil movies this year.
A visibly aged Prabhu takes a break from his middle-class comedies and gets a few more
oppurtunities to emote. The role of his father would have been played as a second
role by Sarathkumar or Vijayakanth in their movies but here Napolean takes up the
role. He is adequately dignified. Alex, who plays a much smaller part, is the main
villain here and enjoys himself. Roja plays her usual rowdy role initially but
is subdued in the second half. Mumtaj struts her stuff in one song sequence. Newcomer
Aslam Mustafa presents some nice tunes that sound different from the songs in other
similar movies set in villages.