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Friday, March 02, 2007
Mozhi is like a string of events strung together in a meaningful and poetic fashion that is immensely satisfying to the viewer. Instead of being bound by A, B or C centres, Mozhi is a film that will appeal to people from all walks of life. Prithviraj and Prakashraj are music composers who are both bachelors. In order to be eligible to get a place on rent, Prakashraj gets the idea to ask Prithviraj to get married. Prithviraj agrees to the idea provided he meets the right girl and knows instantaneously that she would be the girl for him. When he meets Jyotika, his heart flutters and he knows that she is the girl he has been waiting for.
Through small encounters, he gets closer to Jyotika and then realizes that she is deaf and mute. Love is blind, is it not? So what is the necessity for words either? Prithvi and Jo get closer and in time, he declares his love for her. Instead of her face lighting up with joy, Jyotika says that fact that Prithvi's friendship with her has turned into a love affait is a fact not welcome to her and moves out of the picture. The remaining you will have to watch and see for yourself
Jyotika need not go laka laka laka to command attention. Through her eyes and actions, Jyotika conveys all her feelings and thoughts and her immense acting talent is to be greatly appreciated. Living in her silent world, Jyotika understands sound when she puts her hands on a speaker box and feels the vibrations. The joy she feels is expressed through the wonder in her eyes and joy on her face. Prithviraj's character shows that one need not necessarily fight or sing duets to be a hero. To understand how his love's world of silence is, he blocks his ears when he is in the outside world. These scenes are of great interest.
Swarnamalya is Jyotika's friend and Prakashraj jokingly proposes to her. His light hearted personality shows Prakashraj in yet another facet of his acting prowess. The characters of Brahmanandam, the head of the building society and MS Bhaskar who lives in memories of his dead son, have been beautifully conceived. Vidyasagar's music speaks beautifully and Vairamuthu's lyrics have a good sound to them and together, they touch our hearts. Two examples are the songs "Kaatrin mozhi" and "Mouname unnidam." Cinematographer Guhan speaks through his camera. The way he has beautifully portrayed how a middle class home looks is something that has to be seen to be believed.
"Avalukku vaazhkai tharuvadharkkaaga illai Avaludan vaazhkayai pagirndhu kollvadharkaaga..."
Dialogues like 'Manasukkul kooda unnaale eppadi oomayaa nadikka mudiyudhu..." by dialogue writer Viji has lent charm to the dialogues spoken by the characters throughout the film. For having made Mozhi a film that one can watch with one's family and also learn a few valuable lessons, director Radha Mohan is to be lauded as one who has joined the rank of directors like Fazil.