I am writing this after watching Maja. Indha padatha paathu, nondu noolaayi, sattai pant kizhunji, alangolama aitteyn.
These guys from the Kerala film industry need to understand that the Tamizh audience is different. We do not understand if thing are told to us in a subtle manner. Our cinema needs to be IN THE FACE. Even after seeing the villain in Ghajini ripping the clothes off a dead woman, they fail to understand the lack of subtlety needed to succeed in Tamizh cinema.
I understand that this movie was a hit in Malayalam. Success in one language doesnt guarantee success in any other! A review here trashes the original, notwithstanding its success.
My theory about Maja is, Shafi was making a movie which when shown to foreigners, can be touted as “If you’ve seen Maja, you’ve seen them all”.
It contains every cliche ever invented in Kollywood. Orphans, fatherly & brotherly love, hero taking on twin villains, thaali sentiment, the local ‘feared’ naatamai, the thimir pidicha naatamai ponnu, the kadan vaddi stuff, the hero getting drunk for the first time, the morai maaman scheming to control his mama’s daughter and wealth, hero and heroine first meeting on an angry note etcetera etcetera etcetera.
Another theory is that the director was in fact trying to mock all the usual Kollywood cliches but didnt quite succeed because the attempt was too subtle. I want to subscribe to this view, as it gives a little credibility to the director and Vikram (why? why would he accept a project like this?)
Junk story, bad screenplay, forgettable songs, wasted Asin, wasted Vikram, Maja sucks.
Of course, there is a silver lining for every cloud (another cliche, I know). Here its Pasupathy as Aadhi. His comic timing has only improved since Mumbai Express and even Vadivelu cannot come close with his usual ‘hayyo hayyo’ comedy.
By the way, Dinglofi is Maja lingo for love.