Title: Mookuthi Amman
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: RJ Balaji, Nayanthara, Urvashi, Ajay Ghosh
Director: RJ Balaji, NJ Saravanan
Streaming on: Hotstar
Story: Engels Ramasamy (RJ Balaji) is a news reporter in a local news channel in Nagercoil. His entire family are strong believers of God. When Ramasamy is in a financially bad situation, he decides to visit the temple of his family Goddess Mookuthi Amman and seek her blessings. Surprisingly, the Goddess herself appears in front of him in human form (Nayanthara) and asks him to fulfil a duty in order to get all his wishes granted from the Goddess. What was the duty given to Ramasamy and did he complete it successfully or not forms the story.
Performances: RJ Balaji is in his usual form. His one-liners and his usual style of comedy works well and helps the film. Nayanthara is apt as Goddess Mookuthi Amman. Urvashi is terrific in the role of Ramasamy’s mother. She is on a roll with terrific performances in Soorarai Pottru and now Mookuthi Amman. Ajay Ghosh is excellent as the Godman Bhagavathi Baba. All other supporting actors were apt. Singer LR Eswari appears in a cameo.
Technicalities: Camerawork by Dinesh Krishnan is good and captured the beautiful locations of Nagercoil and maintained a grand look for the film throughout. Girishh Gopalakrishnan’s songs are passable and background score is good. Editing is okay but the runtime could have been shorter. Dialogues are good but some towards the climax could have a bit more detailed to deliver a greater impact.
Analysis: This film is a comedy-drama with a mythological element and focuses on God, Godmen and the need to believe in ourselves. The movie is similar to movies like PK and Oh My God in terms of it’s basic theme but this film takes a more light hearted approach. The movie takes a long time to get in to the actual point. Until then, it is RJ Balaji and Urvashi who hold the film with their comedy. The second half is more focused than the first half but the movie tries to do too many things at the same time. An emotional scene is immediately followed by a message and that is immediately followed by a comedy scene. This shift in tone is not wrong but the output doesn’t give a satisfying impact. The last 30 minutes is the best part of the film. The main message trying to be conveyed is also a good one.
On a whole: Mookuthi Amman is partially entertaining and watchable timepass film despite some hiccups.