Mookuthi Amman

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Mookuthi Amman
Mookuthi Amman.jpg
Official release poster
Directed by
Produced byIshari K. Ganesh
Written byRJ Balaji
Starring
Narrated byRJ Balaji
Music byGirishh G.
CinematographyDinesh Krishnan
Edited byR. K. Selva
Production
company
Vels Film International
Distributed byDisney+ Hotstar
Release date
  • 14 November 2020 (2020-11-14)
Running time
134 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Mookuthi Amman (transl. Nose-ring Goddess) is a 2020 Indian Tamil-language fantasy comedy film written and directed by RJ Balaji in his directorial debut. Co-directed by N. J. Saravanan, the film stars Nayanthara and Balaji, with Urvashi, Smruthi Venkat, Madhu Mailankody, Abinaya, Moulee and Ajay Ghosh in supporting roles. It revolves around a news anchor (Balaji) joining forces with the title character (Nayanthara) to expose a godman as fake. The film was released on Disney+ Hotstar on 14 November 2020, Diwali day.


The movie has been taken with the budget of 8 crores. The movie got over 20 crores from Disney+Hotstar then additionally they got 6.5 crores by selling the television and music rights to Star Vijay and Think Music India respectively.

Plot[edit]

Engels Ramasamy is a news anchor working for Nanjil TV, a not so famous channel. His family consists of his single mother, paternal grandfather and three sisters. Engels was rejected by many girls for marriage as his family is poor and his father had abandoned them. One day, the family plans to leave for the Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati for the fourth time, only to cancel it as the youngest sister has got of age and starts menstruating. They soon realise that they should go to their family deity Mookuthi Amman's temple to seek good luck, so they head there and stay for the night. During their sleep, Amman appears in human form at the temple, which Engels witnesses. He soon realises that he can only see her as he is a god-chosen child. She decides to improve the family's life, but in return, Engels must popularise her temple. After he complies, he decides to make his family members' dreams come true with the help of Amman. He asks the eldest of the three sisters what she wants. She asks him for a day-off as she dropped out of school, she has been the house's homemaker and has never enjoyed life like the other members of the family. Amman also tells him that not all men appreciate what women do for them every day. After that, he guarantees her sister weekly Sunday holidays.

Bhagavathi Baba, a godman, enters the Mookuthi Amman temple and announces that he will construct a town named Panchavanam, which will destroy 148 villages around the temple. This angers Engels, who has always tried to reveal his scams for the past six years. Amman decides to help Engels expose Baba. The next day, she makes herself visible to Engels' family members, who start to like her. They soon decide to take down Baba together. Engels' mother and sisters infiltrate Baba's group posing as followers of him and start taking videos of him behaving badly in front of the other members without him noticing. Engels gets a job at Star Vijay and does a daily show with Baba, in which people phone him and look for solutions to their issues. During the first episode, a man phones Baba to convince his father to take his kidney at the hospital since the man married a girl of another religion and as a result, does not want his kidney. Baba then tells the father that he has done the right thing in not accepting his kidney, thus proving that he is a bigot. Later on, Engels proves to the public that Baba's Panchavanam project is against the laws and that Baba does not even know a line of the Bhagavad Gita.

The next day, Engels reveals even more dark truths about Baba. Baba then challenges Engels to answer three questions at the groundbreaking ceremony of Panchavanam and if he answers those questions, he will not launch Panchavanam. After the episode's filming, Baba learns of Engels' family's plans to stop him. Engels immediately tells the others to escape Baba's class. But during the escape, their car runs out of fuel and they are caught by Baba's henchmen. Engels calls out for Amman's help and she kills the henchmen using her powers, allowing the family to reach Panchavanam's groundbreaking ceremony in time. There, Baba reveals that the extraordinary events that made the Mookuthi Amman temple famous were all staged by Engels. When asked why he staged the events, Amman makes herself visible to everyone and arrives on the stage. She tells everyone that there is no need for men like Baba to protect God and everyone should pray to God out of faith and not fear, after which she disappears into dust. After her speech, Baba becomes a public enemy. The next day, Amman spots Engels travelling in a bike and asks him for his final wish before heading back to her abode. He replies that he is grateful for what he has. In a voiceover, Engels informs viewers to not be greedy when wishing to God.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

After completing work on LKG (2019), RJ Balaji wanted his next film to be something like the Hindi films OMG – Oh My God! (2012) and PK (2014), "a film with a message in it but very relevant to the time we live in".[12] He initially wanted to remake PK in Tamil, but later decided against doing so since the remake rights equalled his entire budget. Keeping the theme of PK in mind, which was about "the god that created us versus the god we have created", he wrote an original story which became Mookuthi Amman.[13] The film is Balaji's directorial debut, while N. J. Saravanan serves as co-director;[14] it was produced by Ishari K. Ganesh under Vels Films International, photographed by Dinesh Krishnan, and edited by R. K. Selva. Stunt Silva served as the action choreographer.[14]

Casting[edit]

Balaji initially wanted an established actress like Anushka Shetty or Nayanthara to portray the title character, but did not approach them. He then narrated the story to Shruti Haasan, who liked it and said she would do the role. However, when Nayanthara called Balaji and liked the story he narrated to her, she agreed and was signed on.[15] Balaji wanted Hariharan to portray the antagonist Bhagavathi Baba, but later decided on Ajay Ghosh after watching his performance in a Telugu film and realising "he is too good as a comedian as well". Urvashi was Balaji's first choice to play his mother Paalthangam, and despite scheduling conflicts with another film, agreed to work on this film and allocated dates.[16]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began in November 2019,[17] although Nayanthara joined the sets only in December.[18] Filming wrapped in February 2020.[19] Separate scenes involving actors Gautham Karthik and Manobala were shot but not included in the final cut.[20][21]

Themes[edit]

Balaji described Mookuthi Amman as having "all the elements that were there in the devotional films that we grew up watching." He said it would be "a nostalgic trip, but there will also be a takeaway that is relevant, especially in this present times" without satirising the genre.[22]

Music[edit]

Mookuthi Amman
Soundtrack album by
Released7 November 2020
Recorded2020
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length20:16
LanguageTamil
LabelThink Music
ProducerGirishh G.
Singles from Mookuthi Amman
  1. "Aadi Kuththu"
    Released: 2 November 2020
  2. "Bhagavathi Baba"
    Released: 5 November 2020

The music is composed by Girishh G. with lyrics written by Pa. Vijay.[23] The first single "Aadi Kuththu", sung by L. R. Eswari, was released on 2 November 2020.[24] Another single "Bhagavathi Baba", sung by Anthony Daasan, was released on 5 November.[25] The full album was released by Think Music on 7 November 2020.[26] For the Telugu-dubbed version Ammoru Thalli, the lyrics were written by Rahman.[27]

Tamil
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Aadi Kuththu"L. R. Eswari3:07
2."Bhagavathi Baba"Anthony Daasan3:39
3."Aatha Solra"Nakash Aziz4:19
4."Paarthene (Amman Song)"Jairam Balasubramaniam4:19
5."Chandai Alangari"Aruna Sairam2:57
6."Saami Kulasaami"Deva4:04
Telugu
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Ammoru Thalliki"L. R. Eswari3:16
2."Bhagavathi Baba"Anthony Daasan4:30
3."Amma Aana Raa"Nakash Aziz4:19
4."Choosanu (Ammoru Song)"Jairam Balasubramaniam4:19
5."Aigiri Nandini"Aruna Sairam2:57
6."Saami Maa Saami"Deva4:05

Release[edit]

Mookuthi Amman was scheduled to release in theatres in May 2020,[28] but was then postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[29] On 23 October 2020, it was announced that the film will be scheduled for a digital release on Disney+ Hotstar on the occasion of Diwali, 14 November 2020,[30] as part of the Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex initiative, thus bypassing theatrical release.[31] The Telugu-dubbed version Ammoru Thalli was released on the same day.Malayalam version was released with same title on November 28. [32][33]

Reception[edit]

Baradwaj Rangan of Film Companion South wrote, "If Balaji wants to write a serious film about us and God, then that's his prerogative. But this film, with its wild shifts in tone, never finds its footing".[34] K. Janani of India Today wrote, "Mookuthi Amman is a clever and smart Amman film that is relevant in today's times and questions several important issues plaguing the country."[7] Manoj Kumar R of The Indian Express wrote, "There is not a single dull moment in Mookuthi Amman even when things don't add up in terms of logic or continuity. And it is one of the redeeming qualities of Mookuthi Amman."[6] Srivatsan S. of The Hindu wrote, "Balaji operates within the limitations – both as an actor and writer – that may have worked in his favour to a certain extent in LKG and now, in Mookuthi Amman."[8] Nandini Ramnath of Scroll.in wrote, "The humour, mostly rumbustious and occasionally sly, is superbly performed by the cast. While Balaji makes a convincing truth-seeker, Urvashi hogs the show as his garrulous and addle-brained mother. Nayanthara is perfect as the glamorous goddess with an enviable wardrobe and jewellery collection and her own special back-light, which bathes her in an irresistible glow."[1]

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