Film: Meesaya Murukku
Director: Hip Hop Tamizha (alias) Adhi
Cast: Hip Hop Tamizha, Aathmika, Vivekh, Vijayalakshmi, RJ Vigneshkanth, Ma Ka Pa Anandh and others.
Music director Adhi has played the lead, scored the music and directed this breezy, fun-filled romantic entertainer that draws heavily from some incidents that seem to have taken place in his real life.
Meesaya Murukku tells the story of a young boy, Adhi, who after studying engineering due to societal pressures, chooses to follow his heart and make a career in music. His difficulties, failures, humiliation, hard fought victories and eventually, his rise as a musician among the masses have all been presented in the form of a heartwarming story in Meesaya Murukku.
The film scores on several counts. One, it makes for an interesting story. Two, it is inspiring in more ways than one. Three, it stresses on the significance of certain important relationships in a boy’s life. The first and best of these is Aadhi’s relationship with his father. Like how every child considers his dad to be a superhero, Aadhi too looks upon his father (played by Vivekh) as a superhero. The significance of a father’s role in a child’s life comes across neatly as Vivekh, a college professor in the film, is there to guide Aadhi in every crucial juncture of his life, be it education, music or love.
Vivekh’s character is a crucial one as it makes several noteworthy points in the film including one on how English medium schools in the state come down harshly on children speaking in their mother tongues and why it isn’t a crime to let children speak in their mother tongues on school premises. Another point that Aadhi’s dad strongly puts across is the fact that, one must face both victory and defeat with confidence and with one’s head held high. Defeats get you experience, he says in a manner that drives home the point strongly.
This apart, he also explains how some lose their lives chasing their dreams and how some lose their dreams chasing their livelihoods. He points out that it is important to go after one’s dreams and realise them but at the same time, have appropriate education as a back up, just in case the dream does not materialise and they have to rebuild their lives from scratch. Mind you, all of this is told in a very entertaining manner and does not come across as being preachy or boring. The film also shows how Aadhi’s friends stand by him and help him realise his dream of becoming a musician, silently stressing on the significance of friends and friendship.
The film has several romantic and hilarious sequences as Aadhi tries to woo Nila (Aathmika), the girl he first falls in love with when in school and then later again in college.
Vivekh as Adhi’s dad scores a perfect 10 with this performance. Newcomer Aathmika as Nila shows promise as she comfortably handles her role with poise and elegance. Adhi, who initially seems to overact in certain sequences, gets his act together as the movie progresses. By the time, the story moves to a stage where he takes on bullies intent on ragging him and his brother in college, he appears to be in his elements and from there, does a neat job.
One of the highlights of the film is its music. Adhi, who is known for his pop chartbusters, has used some of the songs that shot him to popularity including the immensely popular Vaadi pulla Vaadi number in the film.
To sum it all up, Meesaya Murukku does not disappoint and Adhi can indeed twirl his moustache with pride.