The film’s writing is very much confined, focussed and strong, and that is when you remember that this film is written and directed by Bramma, who gave us an impactful Kuttram Kadithal.
Jyothika is seen more like another character, than as a lead. She has effortlessly pulled off her character, which is full of energy and cheer. Her characterisation is so strong, something that every woman would want to be.
Verdict: Magalir Mattum is a celebratory journey of womanhood!
Director Bramma gets his casting bang on – Jyotika is mischievous and full of vigour, while Urvashi’s energy is infectious. The filmmaker’s scene-structuring is also interesting – the film flits from the present to the past without any inhibitions, much like its women.
The men in the film, though, get a raw deal. Nasser is portrayed as insensitive while Pavel’s change-of-heart in the end seems to be more like a consolation prize.
Magalir Mattum does have its fair share of monologues about and against patriarchy and male chauvinism. But the movie places them smartly and doesn’t dwell extensively around them, to the point where it becomes preachy.
With the kind of projects she is picking up, Jyothika’s second innings is honestly more exciting than her first. As a matter of fact, Subbu and Rani’s character could have easily been the later years of Vasanthi Tamilselvan.
We all have faced moments where our mothers preach, annoy and complain. But there are also several moments of happiness and love and at the end of the day, you love them. Magalir Mattum is like that.
Magalir Mattum is the kind of film where you don’t mind overseeing the flaws because it leaves you with a heartwarming feeling when you exit the theatre. When was the last time you saw women in Tamil cinema hog the limelight from the word go? Bramma’s Magalir Mattum gives its women the opportunity to shine on screen and rarely do we come across filmmakers with such conviction.
Magalir Mattum isn’t a bad film. It’s a much needed departure from hero-worshiping and it couldn’t have come at a better time.