Mookuthi Amman is Disney+Hotstar’s first direct-OTT release. The film is directed by RJ Balaji and NJ Saravanan.
What is the story about?
Engels Ramasamy is a TV reporter for a local channel in Nagercoil, staying with his family of five and trying his best to make both ends meet. Not much goes right in his life, with the family constantly complaining of their shortcomings and the way out of it. When a person in the village suggests them to visit their family deity, their life changes as the ‘Amman’ herself comes down from the heavens with a mission to change things in today’s world.
Right from the word go, Mookuthi Amman is a film that never misses out on two things – entertainment and emotions. The film never misses the formula when it comes to delivering a good amount of laughs at every turn, and get the emotions right as well. The first half is near-perfect as it ticks all the boxes and keeps the story moving forward at the right pace with minimum lulls. Though the entry of the antagonist is done in a grand manner, the second half is a bit uneven and blows hot and cold because of his character. However, it is Nayanthara and RJ Balaji who hold the film together and keep delivering the messages and the drama at regular intervals. Mookuthi Amman is that kind of film that keeps the momentum going through even though there might not be any great shakes out there.
Both Nayanthara and RJ Balaji hold the film on their shoulders and equally carry the weight throughout. Nayanthara as the Amman brings a fabulous screen presence as it is hard to take our eyes off her. Right from the moment she enters the film, she escalates it to the next level through her combination with the loud and erratic RJ Balaji who takes the next step as an actor through his emotional scenes. But once again, it is Urvashi who steals the show and makes a huge impact with her character which is heavily loaded with the right shades that will make it connect with the families. With Ajay Ghosh being the only downer here, the rest of the cast do a great job and are a treat to watch in totality.
Music & Other Departments
Girishh’s music and background score complement the film well and keep the balance between the traditional styling and the modern beats equally. The camera by Dinesh Krishnan manages to capture the huge crowds and properties interestingly, while the editing is neat as well. There’s not much to complain about the technicalities, with the overall runtime standing at 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Nayanthara’s striking presence and the overall message that the film delivers is solid.
Ajay Ghosh goes a bit overboard with his performance, in the second half of the film.
Did I enjoy it?
Yes of course. This is good entertainment and delivers what it promised. A fun film.
Do I recommend it?
Yes. This one is worth checking out, if possible, with the entire family.