We have become so used to seeing films with same old story lines that Prabhu Solomon’s ‘Mynaa’ comes as a refreshing waft of breeze.
With a drunkard father who does no good for his family, Mynaa (Amala Paul) and her mother are in dire straits, with their pillar of strength being hero Vidarth. The man slogs to help put Mynaa through college and her mother also happily calls him as “marumagane.” When she suddenly starts looking for a rich husband for her daughter, Vidarth wakes up to reality. The ensuing problems land Vidarth in jail.
For Vidarth, Mynaa is his whole life. Now that he’s safely behind bars, arrangements go on for Mynaa’s marriage. He escapes from jail and police start scouting for him in his hilly village surroundings. The police catch him and handcuff him and Amala goes along with them. The ensuing journey and experiences is very moving.
The locations, scene compositions and characters are all fresh and don’t remind you of any other film since the story is also fresh. It’s a short story, made into an interesting and clear screenplay that gives life to the film and Prabhu Solomon is to be congratulated for that.
From a young age, the hero is a dear friend of Mynaa, and that develops into love along the way. The facial expressions and body language is very well portrayed. His one wish to spend all his life with Mynaa and when he tries to do that despite being thrown into jail by escaping, one can see compact emotions in Vidarth’s acting.
When Mynaa faints with pain from a nail, Vidarth carries her and continues to run, as the viewers watch sharing in the pain. Vidarth is not only at ease when he shows feelings of love or betrayal, he shows he also has a slant for comedy in the scenes where he taunts the jail warden.
Amala has acted beautifully as Mynaa. When she embraces and kisses Vidarth for bringing light into her life and for helping in her education without any ulterior motive, one can see the purity of her love.
Because they have to catch the escaped Vidarth, they have to go to Kurangani village and are unable to celebrate Deepavali. Newcomer Sethu as Superintendant Bhaskar and Thambi Ramiah as the warden are good choices. They don’t crib or throw tantrums that they cannot enjoy the festivities and have to run after someone. During the chase, when their lives are saved by the hero after a bus accident, they clasp his hands in a touching gesture of gratitude.
Thambi Ramiah is impressive in scenes such as losing Vidarth in the jail for the love of a sweet box, yelling in fright in the forest when chasing Vidarth, taking Vidarth’s half smoked cigarette and in the climax when he emotionally makes Vidarth speak to his wife. As a man torn between his arrogant wife’s tortuous ways on one hand and his duty to catch the escaped Vidarth, Sethu as the Superintendant shows admirable acting prowess. Sevvazhai as the hero’s father, Poovitha as Myna’s mother, Karthik as Manrodu Manickam are all characters that make a good impact.
Though it does not adjust very well, the director should be appreciated for adding some light hearted comedy into a serious art film to give relief from the sober atmosphere. Cinematographer Sukumar has brought out the beauty of villages like Kuranganiand Sevvanur that have never before been seen on screen. The beautiful songs and background score by D Iman are like the wings of the myna for the film. “Neeyum naanum vaanum mannum” by Eknath and “Myna mynaa” by Yugabarathy linger in the mind.
Even after leaving the theater, this Mynaa still pulls at one’s heart strings. May this Mynaa fly high and touch the skies.
New story and locations
Natural acting by Vidarth, Amala and other characters
Mix of comedy in a serious screenplay
Melodious music by D IMan
Sukumar’s enchanting cinematography
The logic mistake when Sethu’s father-in-law’s family bashes up Mynaa and kills her