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Rating :
Hero :
Heroine :
Pooja Hegde
Other Cast :
Narain, Nasser, Girish Karnad
Director :
Music Director :
Producer :
Ronnie Screwavla, Siddarth Roy Kapur
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Taking a deviation from heroes who bash up many at a time, Indian film industry seems to have taken up the new superhero craze, with protagonists running around in flashy costumes. Mugamoodi is the latest addition; however this superhero movie ends up disappointing though it has all the right cast and crew. Mysskin who had come up with thrillers like Anjathey and Yudham Seyy fails to impress with this venture.

The movie really lacks content and is far from being dark and gritty except the fact that lion’s share of the scenes is shot at night. Nonetheless, the stunts which are inspired from Kung Fu and the celebrated martial arts form Wing Chun are commendable.

The story revolves around an unemployed youth Anand aka Lee (Jiiva) whose passion is for Kung Fu. His talent in martial arts is well exemplified in the initial scenes. As he tries to court his lady love Shakthi (Pooja Hegde) in a masked man’s costume, he finds himself in the middle of the baddies led by Dragon Angusamy aka Aragon (Narain) who kill and loot rich people for gold. The rest of the events develop as Jiiva who catches one of the baddies just for fun initially later does it for a serious cause. The 155 minute movie is mostly yawn-inducing and lacks the fizz and grip essential for a superhero movie. Mysskin’s earnest step to make a superhero sans superhuman skills and project him with martial arts skills is undermined by serious flaws in the script.

The story takes too much time to unwind and when it does, it is abruptly cut short by a silly climax. The first half has tinges of genuine humour. The songs are above average but are awfully out of place. The characters have nothing much to do in order to engage the audience. The story blends elements from the West and East and might even have worked had the director not resorted to cardboard cut-out characters and scenes like something out of a medieval Japanese street-play.

The second half wanders without any direction only to stereotype these characters to a predictable end. The second half is a total let down with a villain in ridiculous costumes, Girish Karnad sporting Sherlock Holmes attire, an ineffectual Tamilnadu police force who solely rely on Mugamoodi and a heroine whose only motive seems to be kissing the masked man every time they cross paths . Mysskin’s typical camera angles and deliberate silence in certain shots does not seem to work this time around. The audience seemed to be craving for more action scenes as they were the only well executed part of the movie. And they end up disappointed as villain surrenders too quickly.

Though Jiiva has come up with a decent performance, Nasser and Girish Karnad are wasted. Pooja Hegde’s role is minuscule and insignificant. Sathya’s camera work is commendable but Gaugin’s editing could have been better. Watch the movie for some good action and apart from that their nothing promising in the film.
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