Like most Selvaraghavan flicks, Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam is about the relationship between two individuals. In this case, a classy woman's relationship with her husband, who is unorthodox as a person.
Since Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam doesn't have too many characters, the lead pair has done what it takes to shoulder the movie, along with Selvaraghavan's bold writing.
Overall View: Though a ragged screenplay spoils the fun, Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam survives mainly because of its writing. Also, the film demands a matured viewership.
Starring Balakrishna Kola and Wamiqa Gabbi, the casting director deserves a special bonus for recruiting such fresh actors with no inhibitions. An uncanny single child of a disciplined father awaits coitus all his life, but heaven has planned a different folklore to his married life.
Sridhar's visuals are more tone driven than texture driven but working in a story which primarily revolves around just two characters, is a task to pull off.
Verdict: A watchable, bold, vintage Selvaraghavan story about two contrasting individuals, you wish had more consistent screenplay
Characterization has always been one of Selva's biggest assets, however in MNM after a quick intro of Balakrishna and Wamiqa the director brings them into the chaotic marriage situation and then takes time to build their characters and their history.
Likewise the heroine too looks sober and irritated with a sense of anger all through the movie, as again enough reasoning to justify her character's appearance is missing.
Verdict : A simple and straightforward romantic tale from Selva Family.