A few of my friends had discouraged me from seeing “Mayakkam Enna” (ME) but I felt after watching the trailer and also the combination of the brothers (Selva & Dhanush) they could be wrong and yes I was proven right.
ME is the story about Karthik Swaminathan (Dhanush), how he pursues his passion, Photography, and how he overcomes the many hurdles and pitfalls that lay before him. He lives with an amazing group of friends, who support him and his sister. Trouble starts when Sundar, his close friend, introduces Yamini (Richa) as his girlfriend to all his friends. From day one both, Yamini and Karthik, hate each other, but know underneath that still there is something that attracts both of them. Karthik tries hard to land a good job on the strength of his photographs but meets with failure at every step. Eventhough many discourage him against pursuing this passion he sticks to it. On the other side, he also gets attracted to Yamini, but is caught between his loyalty to his friend and his love, which is brought beautifully on screen by Selva.
He finally gets a chance to prove himself when his idol sends him on a project but after he returns with the photographs, he is cheated by his very own idol and this leaves a very deep impact on him. He becomes kind of a recluse and the rest of the story is about how he regains his lost confidence and ultimately achieves his dream.
Yamini played by Richa is such a strong character who is one of the most significant part of Karthik’s life. Just could not believe that this is Richa’s first film, she has done a fantastic job. In the first half she is a headstrong, practical girl and in the second half she transforms herself into Karthik’s wife. The other notable character is Karthik’s friend, Sundar who also has done a very commendable job.
There are a lot of scenes in the film which are really good. One scene is where Karthik and Yamini hug each other and suddenly Sundar calls up Karthik and both feel very guilty. Selva should be congratulated for bringing this movie to us and Dhanush should be appreciated for portraying Karthik as a reflection of today’s youth.