Thursday, February 22, 2007

Coming Soon - Mozhi


Mozhi has a few things going for it. Though a movie without a big hero or an established director, it has generated quite a bit of hype recently, mainly on account of Jo. It is releasing this weekend, making it 2 weeks in a row that I'll be catching my favorite heroine on the big screen.

The biggest reason to look forward to Mozhi is ofcourse Jo. This is the swan-song for the actress and if reports about her performance as a deaf-mute are to be believed, she is all set to make a big splash before her exit. She looks simple but great in the trailer and everybody at the audio release raved about her performance. With her marriage and a number of successful(both commercially and critically) films recently, she has been on a roll and if Mozhi too turns out to be a hit, she will definitely be going out on top. The rest of the cast isn't bad either. Prithviraj, who managed to avoid getting stereotyped after that superb debut in Kanaa Kanden, has acted in 2 hits so far and Prakashraj is always a reliable performer. Swarnamalya went nowhere after a dream debut in Alaipayuthey but could surprise us here.

Inspite of stumbling with Poi, which his guru KB directed for him, Prakashraj has a good track record as producer. He has produced small but different films like Azhagiya Theeye and Kanda Naal Mudhal and his risks have paid off since the films were modest successes and earned him a good name. Mozhi is another soft film from his stable. The director is Radhamohan, who gave us that little gem Azhagiya Theeye. In his follow-up Ponniyin Selvan, he seemed to struggle between his own simple story and the need to project a completely unsuited Ravikrishna as a regular Tamil cinema hero. This time he's back to Prakashraj, who has probably given him a free hand and so we can hope for another honest effort from him.

Vidyasagar and Vairamuthu have together delivered a fantastic album for the film. While the latter has written simple but imaginative lyrics for almost all the numbers, the former's simple melodies have let the meaningful words sink in without burying them under loud music and bad diction from the singers. Kaatrin Mozhiyil... sees Vairamuthu at his best as he finds mozhi in almost everything before stating that love needs no language (my favorite lines: uNmai oomaiyaanaal, kaNNeer mozhiyaagum; peNmai oomaiyaanaal, naaNam mozhiyaagum). After a long time, this is one song I'm listening to over and over again just for the lyrics. The other song that benefits from its lyrics is Pesaa Madandhaiye.... It sounds like its sung to Jo and Vairamuthu makes the most of the situation with some great lines (vaarthaigaLaal kaadhalithaen; jaadaigaLaal saagadithaai). Jassie Gift's unique voice makes Sevvaanam Selaiyai... a fun song. SPB, sounding as young as ever, sings Kannaal Pesum Penne... about a lover asking forgiveness from his gal. Looks like this song is being sung to Jo too and it has some fun lyrics (kaarappaarvai vaendaam; orappaarvai podhum). The bit songs like En Jannalil... and Aazha KaNNaal... make us wish they were full songs.

Inspite of the slowly-building hype, not much is known about the movie so far, including its genre. Lets hope it turns out to be a pleasant surprise and a big hit. If nothing else, Tamil cinema's cutest actress deserves a great send-off :-)

22 Comments:

At 10:07 PM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Balaji, you said:

With her marriage and a number of successful(both commercially and critically) films recently,

but you forgot to mention that she is expecting... that's quite a personal high, wouldn't you think? Probably a bigger promotion than anything she has gotten so far! :-) ;-)

I wish Jo all the best! ;-).. (and I do wish heart of hearts that Jo stays away from movies from this point on.. Married actresses always end up only as Chithis, Ammas, Akkas and the lot in this 'hero centric' Tamil film world. Either that or she will have to hope and pray that producers like Prakashraj are still making movies to give her meaningful roles).

 
At 10:21 PM, Blogger Kaps said...

last heard Prakash Raj is not going to produce any more movies because of his bitter experience with POI.

 
At 11:12 PM, Blogger skanda said...

BB, i think ur wife can finally heave a sign of relief that these would be Jo's final movie....u wont be raving or ranting bout her any more...

But seriously, she is going to be missed...hope there is someone noteworthy to replace her. probably Asin would...

 
At 11:20 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

sandya, oh yeah forgot to mention that! defly the biggest event for her yet :)

and i defly hope she stays away from now. going out on top is a dream something few actresses get and if she doesn't come back, our memories of her stay the best (unlike say sims, who had to say goodbye with 'Kicha vayasu 16'!) :)

kaps, long time no see :) i too read somewhere that his wife had asked him to stop producing movies after 'poi' flopped. thats why i hope 'mozhi' becomes a hit. we need producers like him who can deliver small but good movies...

skanda, i'm sure there'll be someone else soon :) she heaved a sigh of relief when sims left too but jo came right by. and now nayan's waiting in the sidelines :)

 
At 12:10 AM, Blogger Sree said...

Hey,all!!!
New here...anyway, to BB...great reviews yar!!! Gd job...

on Jo...I simply love her...me too hoping tat after Mozhi...she wud stay away...as u said...wanna hv gd memories of her...and hoping tat Mozhi becomes a big hit!!!

 
At 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prakash Raj is already lined up for 3 movies as producer. One of them is the remake of the super hit and a very charming Telugu movie Bommarilu for which he won the remak rights. Hope he gets the casting right for this one.

-KP

 
At 2:21 AM, Blogger Reagan said...

Just like Simran bid goodbye to tamil cinema through Kitcha Vayasu 16, i pretty hope that Jo would say goodbye through Manikanda. Really, not a fan of Jo.

 
At 4:34 AM, Anonymous Indira said...

The dream run for Jo continues. SOme great movies, a long career haul, a fairytale romance and a dignified exit. how much more can one ask for.

 
At 5:15 AM, Anonymous arun said...

Mozhi is the best movie of this year, so far. You come out of the theater feeling so good you think you want go right back in and enjoy the movie all over again. If I have to take a guess, Balaji would give it a 3 or 3.5 stars.

 
At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Prin said...

Yes I agree that it is a feel good movie but, Jyothika doesn't walk away with the laurels.

Prithwiraj has put on a tremondous performance well backed by Prakash Raj. Jyothika does well, Swarnamalya overacts. MS Baskar and Telugu comedien Bramhandham succeed as well

Overall its a joyous movie to watch maybe 2.5 or 3.

The next movie I look forward to is Evan Oruvan starring Maddy slated for release on March 30.

Check out this link

http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-news/feb-07-03/23-02-07-evano-oruvan.html

Looks chilling :)

Have a view, and say what you think of its prospects

 
At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

argggg balaji.......u like Nayanthara??? :S.....in ;what sense of the world is she appealing?....not to mention she is a child.....

but then again, i like dhanush so maybe i shouldn't be criticizing other people's taste huh.:)

 
At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Sandya said...

9Thara.. this only shows how desperate you have become, Balaji. Not to make a huge comparison or create a war of sorts in this blog, what is it that you see in 9 that you don't see in Trisha, Asin (or god forbid that I'd have to say that Mazhai girl's name!)..

I happened to sit through two torturous films, "E" & "Vallavan".. and neither film can boast of anything that 9 can speak proudly of.. that's for sure!..

I can't for the life of me try to figure out why someone, whose only claim to fame recently has been losing a few inches around the waist and dumping 'you-know-who', would be inching up Balaji's heartthrob list.. (Anu, don't even bother sighing at this one! She isn't worthy! :-) ;-)

A million aaargs from me alone! :-O

 
At 7:29 PM, Blogger srivatsan said...

All the best jo!!..

BB, add another 2.5 or 3 star movie Paruthi veeran is good.

 
At 7:30 PM, Blogger Suresh Kumar said...

Mozhi is simply beautiful. Watch it now.

 
At 2:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bingo...even my fav line is that balaji "unmai oomayanaal kanner mozhiyagum..penmai oomayanal naanam mozhiyagum"...cool...
Movie the BEST movie i hv ever seen in the recent past...
-aarthi

 
At 6:11 PM, Anonymous ram said...

I am hoping that Mozhi will receive a +ve response coz...

prakashraj needs to bounce back - as producer - from the debacle of poi...

radha mohan needs to show the world that his films minus ravi krishna are still wonderfully realistic features...

prithviraj needs to prove that with his good looks comes some very good acting talent...

swarnamalya should say, "sorry...enakku nalla nadikkavum theriyum!" to producers who want her to make "Sorry...enakku kozhandhai porandhaachu" (a sequel to "Sorry...enakku kalyanam aachu!")

vidyasagar deserves a commercial hit in the cruel world of cinema where even music directors can fade away after a series of flops...think of "ingey ingey oru paatirukku" and "lla lla lla iniyavaley" from "poi" and u'll know why i want v-sagar to compose more such melodies...

and jo who deserves to hear the words, "thanks for the wonderful parting gift" from her fans...

 
At 2:00 AM, Blogger srivatsan said...

Ram,

I had always thought Vidyasagar is the most underrated among current music directors!!, Musical sections of Thambi, Poi, Sivapathigaram, Parthiban Kanavu, Anbe Sivam (specially Poo Vasam song even if it was a mis-fit as reviews suggest) and few other films were great.

 
At 2:14 AM, Blogger srivatsan said...

Mouname (Anbe Sivam) is also a very good number, does not feature :)

 
At 10:12 AM, Anonymous ram said...

srivatsan, totally agree with u...just that the films with good music that flop at the b-o always worry me...talking to vasanth recently reminded me of how fickle the b-o is, and how it decides the fate of everyone who's involved...

 
At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ram....what happen'd to vasanth's latest flick *ing prvraj & ppriya?

 
At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Yes, Ram.. Whatever happened to "Saththam pOdaathe"?

 
At 4:56 PM, Anonymous ram said...

anon and sandya, the work for satham podaathey-after some problems- is back in full swing...three days shooting for the talkie portions remain...may release plan pannitrukaaru vasanth...

 

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