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Mathapoo Movie review
The maiden production venture of Vinayaga Productions is Mathapoo, starring debutant Jeyan and Gayathri (of Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom fame) as the lead pair.
The movie opens in Trichy, to our hero Karthik (Jeyan) being in Police custody, and the Police calling his mother to come to the station. Karthik is a civil engineer who is running a company with his friends. His mother (Renuka) is a retired teacher and a widow. The Police inform Karthik's mother that he has gotten into a fight with some big-time hoodlums and it is not safe for him to continue being in Trichy. Fearing for his safety, Karthik is sent by his mother to her sister and brother-in-law's (Sithara & Ilavarasu) house in Chennai. On reaching Chennai, Karthik goes out shopping and loses his purse on the way. When his purse is found and returned to him by a pretty girl - our heroine Pooja (Gayathri), he falls for her at first sight.
Left astounded, Karthik does not even get a chance to talk to the girl and is feeling hopeless that he will ever see her again. As he wallows in his hopelessness, he suddenly finds that Pooja is his aunt's assistant. Pooja presents an intriguing picture, with an aloof attitude and looks to be holding some sort of a secret, and rejects all of Karthik's advances. Pooja's parents (Kitty and Geetha) are also drowning in sorrow. Something seems to have happened in Pooja's past that has affected her whole family adversely. Why does Pooja live as if she hates life? What is the thing that is haunting her thoughts? Was Pooja this way always or was she different? What can make all the problems go away? Watch Mathappu at the theatres to know!
Jeyan, who is making his debut in Kollywood with this movie, has done a pretty decent job. Gayathri only seems to be getting better with each movie. She is proving to be one talented actress, and has emoted perfectly. The coming together of three of K. Balachander's finds - Renuga, Geetha and Sithara has worked well for the movie. The casting of Ilavarasu and Kitty are masterstrokes. The veterans literally breeze through their roles with ease. The director Dhinandhorum Nagaraj's (who has also written the story, screenplay and dialogues) treatment of the first half of the movie leaves a lot to be desired, but the second is a vast improvement and moves very well. Music director K. Velayutham has given some wonderful scores for the tracks, and 2 melodies are hum worthy...
Mathapoo is a slow sparkler, but a sparkler nevertheless!