Saturday, 18 August 2018

Marainthirunthu Paarkum Marmam Enna: It starts and ends with a kerchief

From the very beginning, all I saw was a 2016 flick Metro's look-alike crime drama, when watching Marainthirunthu Paarkum Marmam Enna(MPME). Leaving the similarities apart, this Rahesh directorial has a lot more eye-openers with some brutal and spine-chilling events. Yet, they declare it after the statutory warning that the movie isn't more vicious than the chain snatchings in reality.

We see Japan(Dhruva) robbing chain from Jeeva(Ramachandran Durairaj) who himself is a snatcher. Japan later says it is safe stealing from a thief than from the owner - *genius, we feel*. Eventually, we see MPME building up organically with every detail behind the crime being established on the screenplay.

The movie throws light on how the victims of are chain snatchings are chosen. In the sidelines, there is enough augmentation of how a favourable place of crime is selected or is made to be one, and how the snatched jewellery are made into money. So, there ends the Metro-resemblance. Rahesh, here goes a level up and shows what happens next.

We don't find MPME too dramatic until the backstory of Japan is narrated. The movie enters a lighter pace for sometime during this sequence where we witness Saranya Ponvannan as we have seen her in every other movie before. Her dialogue 'En paiyana kattikiriya' reminds the cool-mom shade of her again. So it gets easy for her to emote. But towards the end of this flashback, the emotion that was gripping the crux delimits.

There is a scene where Dhruva is on a dialogue with JD Chakravarthy. This conversation, which concocts the other plot elements, should have been written with intense vigour, but, seems little diluted, and apparently, we find it hard to accept the proceedings. Maybe that was because of an unseasoned performance by the debutante Dhruva. But, why does Chakravarthy let us down? - a disappointment.

Rahesh's narration is creative in parts. The way he defines police and thief with Radha Ravi's voiceover, and later breaking the suspense by showing the actor's sudden appearance in an unexpected twist is commendable. I felt like, he could have taken some time to build a screenplay with more such moments so that MPME would have turned out to be little engaging throughout.

- Santhosh Mathevan,
Chennai, August 18, 2018.

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