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MUGAM MOVIE REVIEW
by : Behindwoods review board
Sathyaraj Karan Suhani.
K Vaithiyalingam Udayar
is a telltale scene in Irandu Mugam in
which Karan gets jittery and worked up,
to sign in one of the official documents
after he assumes office as a Minister
(Fertilizers). One of his subordinates,
an IAS officer, assures him, “don’t
worry sir. You will soon get used to it.”
Bingo. The first time always makes you
feel edgy about it. But the advantage
in politics is that there are a million
every day and night that it’s so irresistible
not to commit mistakes.
In effect, the title Irandu Mugam alludes to the dual
faces of the politicians and the movie works in parts
when it glibly makes its actors slip into the skin
of such scheming politicians. The movie is contemporary
in its approach and hence relatable. It’s not
a generic study of current day politics and it has
slotted in a few events relating to present-day politics.
It also comes off largely as a satire rather than
mere portrayal of events. Director Aravindraj’s
(of Oomai Vizhigal fame) intentions are clear and
hence the movie brings the message home.
Karan, a Political Science post-graduate (there goes
message number one; to aspire political science graduates
to enter politics) gets into the political milieu,
initially as an honest and naïve politician,
but later gets sucked into the whirlpool of political
scumbaggery (message number two; it’s impossible
to stay honest in politics. The temptations are just
too many). He stays loyal to his political godfather
and gets elevated to the level of a state minister.
In the rat race to make money, he overlooks the sense
of right and wrong. He loses his best friend who succumbs
to an allergic reaction from a chemical discharge
of a fertilizer factory, approved by Karan.
Sathyaraj, an IAS officer, as his under secretary,
tries to infuse some sense in his mind but fails miserably.
He plots a plan and successfully stages the same,
making Karan into believing that he has a life-threatening
disease. Karan tries to fix his wrongdoings and in
the process, brings Nasser and other wily politicians
Many current political trends have been touched upon
in the movie; including the BT Brinjal and the movie
takes potshots at politicians in every possible manner.
Since satire is Sathyaraj’s home turf, he shows
effortless ease in his role and Karan, as a perplexed,
wet-behind-the-ears politician also pulls it off.
More than the subtle satire, MS Bhaskar, Ganja Karuppu
and Livingston’s boisterous comedy brings in
a few laughs. Under the pretext of ministers in various
departments they are riotous.
On the flipside, the movie is also heavily commercialized
and hence does not digress from the written rules
of commercial cinema. It has a heroine, a rather insipid
bunch of songs and lackluster cinematography all of
which serve very little purpose as such. But the movie,
however, is not bogged down by these shortcomings.
Although not a racy entertainer, it comes across as
a refreshing change from the movies with droning themes
of love and friendship.
Verdict – Political satire, with pitfalls
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