By: Siddharth K
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 29 August 2014
Ashwin Kakumanu, Srushti, Angana Roy, Jayaprakash, Ravi
Megha, which stars Ashwin Kakumanu & Srushti in lead roles marks the debut directorial venture of Karthik Rishi who was a former associate of Subramaniyam Siva. The movie which is touted to have a non-linear screenplay has already been in the news thanks to some mesmerizing music by Ilayaraja.
An injured Mugil(Ashwin) collapses infront of Angana Roy who happens to be his fiancee as well as a nurse working at a hospital. After recovering, Mugil starts narrating his own brewing love story with Megha(Srushti). The movie switches back and forth where the romance portions are narrated in the flashback and an intriguing series of sequences happen at the hospital.
Karthik Rishi deserves applause for trying to go with an unconventional screenplay. The way he has gelled a poetic love track along with an investigative thriller track is particularly impressive. Ilayaraja owns most of scenes in the movie with his background score and is indeed a backbone for propelling the narration in the screenplay.
The re- recording in the romance scenes in particular takes us back to his ?Nenjathai Killadhey? days. The jazzy ?Kalvane? number and the gut-wrenching ?Jeevane? track have the maestro?s signature.
Ashwin Kakumanu looks and fits the part perfectly. He emotes well and Megha is a step in the right direction for him. Srushti does a Genelia D?Souza and carries off the innocent girl act as required! Jayaprakash?s character is etched out in a manner where the viewers come to false conclusions. Y. G Mahendra?s character too is something that is going to be talked about.
Some of the minute nuances are done really well. Be it ? naming the protagonist as Mugil & the heroine as Megha (both meaning ?clouds?) alongside having rain as one of the elements in their romance, the scene where Ilayaraja?s ?Uravugal Thodarkadhai? is played at the backdrop of a family reunion. R. B Gurudev?s cinematography looks great in the rain sequences (there are plenty of them in this movie) and the color tones for the two tracks in the screenplay are used brilliantly.
The movie does meander off a little in the second half once the ?whodunit? gets revealed. Also, there are a few sequences in the movie that happen instantly without giving the audience the time to sink-in. The core of ?Megha? is similar to 'Virumandi' where the hero is deemed fugitive with respect to the heroine?s absence.
Nevertheless, ?Megha? is an attempt that stands out from the run-of-the-mill template with an innovative screenplay.