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Mercury Pookkal Movie review
Mercury Pookkal is the name of the movie – how does this name link with the story? G.O.K. (God only knows.) Srikanth and director S.S. Stanley have worked together earlier in April Madhathil so they have built up a comfortable rapport with each other. This is clearly visible in Mercury Pookkal, whose plot is college students getting married when they are not mentally mature, about family sentiments and about a married couple who only agree – to disagree on everything. Stanley has thus created a movie without koothu songs, without vulgar dialogues or the masala formulae which have become like mass templates today.
Karthik (Srikanth) is studying M.C.A. at Chennai and also working part time in a courier company. His father wants him to marry his friend’s daughter Anbu Selvi (Meera Jasmine) who is studying her final year B. Com in Trichy. Neither of them is interested to marry at that time, but they are forced into the marriage, so they decide to separate after some time. Since they have decided only about one point - that they are to separate in the near future – they decide not to consummate their marriage.
Predictably, they gradually fall in love with each other over a period of time. The frustration which builds up due to their proximity, their increasing love for each other, and by their unconsummated desires has been very well delineated.
Karthik completes his M.C.A. with flying colours and also gets a lucrative job. When he returns home to give this good news, Anbu Selvi has already left his house to live with her parents due to a misunderstanding created by his careless statement in her father’s presence, resulting in a rift between the two families. How Karthik convinces both families, how these misunderstandings are cleared, and how they come together again forms the rest of the movie.
Srikanth has truly put in his best efforts, and has improved over his performance in Bambharakannaley. Meera Jasmine is equally good, and emotes with her words, tone, body language and eyes. For a change, she displays glamour in some scenes. Samiksha, who stole the show in Arindhum Ariyamalum, has been given only an item number; had she been given a meatier role, she would have sparkled as in her first movie.
Delhi Ganesh, playing Srikanth's father, and Mahadevan of Pithamagan fame, playing Meera's father are the real gurus of acting displaying natural emotions. Karunas, Sneha Nambiar and S.N. Lakshmi are also in the star cast. Karunas’ comedy is far better than in his earlier movies and his preaching at the end of the movie is truly worth seeing for the empathy he creates. Karthik Raja music is far below his usual standards. Padding the movie by adding unnecessary songs and stunt sequences have slowed the tempo, and created diversions in the flow of smooth narration.
Vijay Vauhini Studios have made a film after a long hibernation, but it has been worth the wait; they have brought out a clean movie, a family entertainer which one can enjoy with family without squirming at double meaning dialogues. Click here to visit the site of Mercury Pookkal.