As a child, I watched old movies which
narrated Hindu mythological tales in
an entertaining manner. These were the
motion pictures in vibrant ‘Eastman’
color and magnificent sets. Whilst some
of these stuck to scriptures, a few
took fictional approaches portraying
various scenarios. All in all, they
made religious education rather fun!
There's been a drought for such movies
for almost 30 years, but with ‘Seedan,’
I hope this season to be over.
The movie tells the story of a maid;
a devotee of Lord Muruga, who falls
in love with her master’s grandson.
But when they seem destined for separation,
she feels Lord Muruga is blind to her
prayers. Whether Lord Muruga answers
her prayers forms the rest of the story.
The basic plot may sound a little clichéd,
but when one finishes watching it, they
are bound to have a smile on their face
and remember their not-so-conventional,
personal exchanges with their favorite
What makes the movie tick? There are
six key reasons (just like the six faces
of Lord Muruga!
Eru Mayil Eri Vilayadu Mugam
Ondre! – Dhanush
The Kollywood audience
have evolved in a way they are able
to appreciate good movies regardless
of the star ’value.’ Nevertheless,
having a star on board always helps!
Dhanush provides both the promotion
value and an amazing performance, which
will definitely be, not just an ordinary
feature, but a ‘peacock’
feature in his cap. He is PERFECT as
Lord Muruga! For those trying to picture
Dhanush in colorful robes and golden
accessories... no need! His intro scene
with his ‘peacock’ silently
portrays the world as his oyster!
Absolutely stunning visual concept!
Eesaondu Gnana Mozhi Pesu Mugam
Ondre! – Dialogues
Some of Dhanush’s dialogues are
absolutely classic, comic and carefully
Top 3 tasters...
‘Koyiluku poi kumbuduravan
kastham thaan Murugan’uku theriyuma,
mathavan kashtam elam theriyatha (?)’
Does Muruga only know the prevails of
those who go and pray at a temple and
not those of others?
I do not encourage those who are lazy
to use this as an excuse, but for those
who preach on extensive and constant
visits to places of worship to those
who genuinely can’t make it...
Thoughtful words eh?
‘Nalla Iravu sir....
Good night endru solla vanthen!...(Thamizh
Valga endru solranga, Thamizh'a’
Good night sonna, thiru thiru endru
Meaning: Muruga’s avatar –
Dhanush says ‘Good night’
in Tamil to a character who looks completely
lost and therefore has to repeat it
in English. He then mutters how they
praise the Tamil language, but don’t
understand a common saying in that very
I felt this was an iconic sequence
for one enacting an avatar of Lord Muruga,
who is considered a Tamil deity. It
has been written with good humor and
reaches the audience with a bang!
‘Engeyo velanju vengayam,
namma mama’na, machan’a?
Atha veturappo, namma kanula thani varura’thila?'
The onion which grows from where
ever, is it our uncle or our cousin?
But when we cut them, do we not shed
Another comical string of words used
metaphorically to explain some simple
values of human nature! These dialogue
truly brought the ‘Lord Muruga’
described in the scriptures; not the
warrior or savior, but the one who mischievously
advices his own Father.
Koorum Adiyaargal Vinai Theertha
Mugam Ondre! – Cast
Despite the magnanimous presence of
Dhanush (Muruga), his presence cannot
be justified if not for the cast (worshipers).
Be it the many grannies, neighbors,
uncles of the hero or the fellow
servants at the household, each character
is portrayed neatly. The heroine in
particular is a delight to watch who
appears simple and just human (i.e.
not too kind hearted or overly nice!),
who can be related to, which is a major
Kundruruva Vel Vangi Nindra
Mugam Ondre! – Music
This is the 50th venture
for music director Dhina and is there
a better way to celebrate this Golden
Jubilee other than by scoring for a
movie about a deity with the Golden
spear?! I must say the tracks were
average but the BGM, and in particular,
the piece during the beginning credits,
were simply divine and provided the
right atmosphere to this tale.
Maarupadu Soorarai Vathaitha
Mugam Ondre! – Muruga
Let’s not forget
THE Lord Muruga. Many people share a
bond with the Gods just like a friend.
I am sure many will share my view. And
I am sure many would relate to this
‘bond’ portrayed so neatly
in the movie. The ‘close-to-home’
scenario, after many years on screen.
The character 'Maha's Murugan...
Mugam Ondre! – Crew
There is no connection between this
last verse of this devotional hymn and
‘Crew’. So puns apart, I
believe for any movie, the crew is the
foundation without which the film would
be baseless! So credit is due to the
entire team. Those behind the concept
(the original Malayalam version ‘Nandhanam’
and those who made the alterations suitable
for the Tamil audience), and those who
transformed the script to the movie
we see on our screens. It was a truly
‘nice’ film, worthy of the
‘divine’ presence, as to
In recent times, the topic of religion
has become controversial and its
portrayal in cinema has changed accordingly.
Movies are more likely to depict the
darker aspects of religion, as well
as the social and practical implications
These have resulted in some masterpieces
such as ‘Hey Ram’ (from
India) and ‘The Passion of Christ’(Hollywood),
to name a few. Since watching ‘Seedan’
however, I came to realize that at times,
you just need a simple, sweet, stress-free
and thought-free medium, which rips
away the packing of religion, leaving
only what is most important; that of
Faith, Hope and that ‘close-to-home,