Mudhal Nee Mudivum Nee
Another weekend is here and with it the weekend brings to us fresh new releases. But before I get to them I thought of squeezing in a Tamil Film which was recommended to us by Anmol on his Youtube channel Tried and Refused Productions. I regard him highly particularly with the way he dissects each him rationally. And I have a simple thumb rule – if he recommends a movie I just watch it, no questions asked! So when he recommended this Tamil film Mudhal Nee Mudivum Nee on Zee5, naturally I was curious. In his recommendation, he had mentioned that this film is a trip down memory lane for the 90s kids like us. He had me there in that one line as I often like to visit films which have some part of my childhood in it. Life was much less complicated back then and I did have my entire family with me then and I would trade anything for it. But all I can do is handpick a few memories and just smile. So then is Mudhal Nee Mudivum Nee worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Set in the 90s, Mudhal Nee Mudivum Nee follows the story of a group of high school students in a strict Catholic school and how they deal with the everyday problems. The story has an instant connect given its nostalgic template and it almost immediately puts a smile on your face. There is a certain relatability about the film that makes it special as you relive the golden years of your life through this film. The screenplay is almost a personal journey of the makers. It traverses through many sequences and events particularly in the first hour which will make you miss your school days. Whether it is landing in school late or just chilling out with your friends. Whether the friendships that do or do not last a lifetime or the cute little crushes which you think would translate into a relationship, all of these formulate the first half that makes the drama just so personal and relatable.
The second half is almost like a reality check, like when life hits us. How often have we met in school or college reunions amd almost instantaneously tried to place your friends with the way they were while growing up. The lives are complicated and so are the relationships. And that distinct difference is so well showcased here. Also the feeling that you have of longing when you lose that someone who was once a big part of your life coupled with a bit of regret is what forms a part of the second hour and it is just beautifully portrayed. Maybe the part featuring the cupid did not work for me and instead the film could have done without a happy ending but the journey was special and beautiful in this wonderfully penned screenplay.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are really heartfelt be it in banter or otherwise that adds to the nostalgia. The music is good and it blends well with the drama, as does the BGM. The colour graphing almost transports you to the era that has gone by. Director Darbuka Siva has done a brilliant job in taking us down memory lane. This seemed like a personal journey for him too and his direction is top notch.
The performances are brilliant. Sharan Kumar as Durai, Manjunath Nagarajan as Naushad and Varun Rajan as Richard all get their moments to shine and all of them are first rate. Rahul Kannan as Francis, Naren Vijay as Thirumaal and Thara as Gayathri are fabulous. Harini Ramesh Krishnan as Victoria and Saraswathi Menon as Sharon are brilliant in their limited screentime. Amritha Mandarine as Anu is pretty good as is Goutham CSV as Su. Purva Raghunath as Catherine has a lovely character arc and I felt she was brilliant. Harish Kumar as Chinese was my favourite character, he had his childhood intact through his silly antics and he did a fantastic job. Meetha Raghunath as Rekha looks pretty and delivers quite a heartfelt performance. And the character which spoke the most to me over the course of the movie was Vinoth essayed by Kishen Das. He was magnificent and some of the emotions which he brings to the table is really heartwarming to witness.
Mudhal Nee Mudivum Nee is a beautiful and nostalgic trip down memory lane. Go relive your school days now! Available on Zee5 and Highly Recommended.