‘Mookuthi Amman’ is a Tamil devotional comedy movie, written and directed by RJ Balaji and NJ Saravanan released on OTT on 14th November, on the Occasion of Deepawali. Nayanthara is doing the title role as Mookuthi Amman. RJ Balaji, Urvashi, Moulee and Ajay Ghosh have done the key roles and supported by Manobala, Mayilsamy, Indhuja Ravichandran, Smruthi Venkat and Madhu Mailankody.
The movie is about the Goddess Mookuthi Amman descending on Earth and using Engels Ramaswamy(RJ Balaji), a TV reporter, to deal with communal politics and to lay bare the fake god men, exploiting the faith of people.
The movie is a throwback to the traditional Amman movies, those we grew up watching, right from the introduction of the Amman. The introduction is done in a softer manner but the following scene in which Engels tries to test the Amman, to clear his doubt, shows Balaji’s hilarious touch. And later when Engels introduces the Amman to his family, Urvasi, Engels’ mother, steals the show with her humorous antics.
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Engels Ramaswamy is a local TV reporter who is the only bread winner of his family consisting of his mother, three sisters and a grandfather. The settings of the characters of the family with a runaway father and a son struggling to meet the ends, resemble many movies of the past, but the entry of the Goddess in to the family and they all join hands in the fight against the fake god man, makes the movie interesting.
Another plus of the movie is that it touches a lot of religious politics and social issues but in a less controversial way and is truly an entertainer from start to end and not getting preachy.
Nayanthara, as the gorgeous Amman, does her role perfectly and effortlessly and the message conveyed by the movie is more effective with the lady superstar as the Amman.
R J Balaji fits his role well as an innocent and hard working TV reporter and entertains the audience, in writing and acting, with his humor from instinct.
The excellent performer who steals the show is Urvasi, as the doting mother despite her overbearing. She attracts the audience with her perfect comic timing and without Nayanthara and Urvasi, the movie would not have been so entertaining.
Ajai Ghosh does a bit exaggerated performance but it is demanded by his character. Wonderful composing by Girish Gopalakrishnan added charm to the movie along with Dhinesh Krishnan’s cinematography and RK Selva’s editing.
Ultimately ‘Mookuthi Amman’ is a very good entertainer, cleverly made and very relevant and needed in the present times.
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