Aug 30 2012
2012 has seen Tamil cinema give us movies in many different genres with romcoms, psychological thrillers and period films all having been released so far this year. This Friday sees a film in an exciting genre that has seen very few entries – a superhero film. While the uniqueness of the genre alone would make Mugamoodi a big film, the fact that it is directed by one of our best directors and stars one of our talented, young actors makes it a film we can really look forward to.
Ever since Superman, superhero movies have been a staple of Hollywood. Their popularity has skyrocketed in recent times with every year seeing several superheroes – sometimes many in the same movie! – killing bad guys and saving Earth. But Indian cinema has had very few entries in this genre with Krrish being our only genuine superhero film. Tamil cinema hasn’t had any real superhero movies(barring Rajni movies ofcourse ) and though films like Guru and Kandhasamy featured our heroes wearing masks and harboring secret identities, their protagonists didn’t fit the traditional definition of superheroes. So Mugamoodi, which is supposedly a traditional superhero flick, could well be a trendsetter.
Making a superhero film has been a long-time dream for Mysskin and he will see his dream come true tomorrow. But the new genre is certainly not a surprise coming from him since he has been very versatile in his directorial efforts so far. Starting off with a romance(Chithiram Pesudhadi), he has since made a cop movie(Anjaathey), an emotional drama(Nandhalala) and a psychological thriller(Yudham Sei). He is once again venturing into new territory with Mugamoodi, a superhero flick. But whatever the genre the film is set in, Mysskin has been able to present it with his own stamp, whether its in the serious tone, the unique camera angles or the one-of-a-kind item number. Its that stamp, that vision, that we will be looking forward to the most in Mugamoodi as he presents his take on the superhero story.
Jiiva wears the superhero garb here. He has so far proved to be a director’s actor. While he is a good actor and hasn’t really given a bad performance, he has recently been able to find success only in films made by established directors(Nanban by Shankar, Ko by K.V.Anand) while his films with newer directors – Singam Puli, Rowdram and Vandhaan Vendraan – bombed rather badly. He has supposedly worked hard for his role here, wearing an uncomfortable, heavy suit and learning martial arts and must be hoping that it pays off. Narain, who seems to be one of Mysskin’s favorite actors, having worked with him before in both Chithiram Pesudhadi and Anjaathey, plays the villain. A strong villain is a must for an entertaining superhero film and hopefully, Mysskin has understood this and given Narain a strong role. Pooja Hegde gets quite a high-profile debut and seniors like Nasser and Girish Karnad are also part of the cast.
Music director K made an impressive debut in Yudham Sei with a strong background score that enhanced the atmospheric thriller. Mysskin has gone with him again for Mugamoodi. K has delivered a good soundtrack with Vaayamoodi Summa Iruda… already becoming a big hit.
With its unique genre and a strong team both behind and in front of the camera, Mugamoodi has a lot going for it. Let’s hope it flies high at the box-office…
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