|Directed by||Prabhu Solomon|
|Produced by||John Max|
|Written by||Prabu Solomon|
|Music by||D. Imman|
|Edited by||L V K Doss|
Mynaa is a 2010 Indian Tamil romantic drama film directed and written by Prabu Solomon. Jointly distributed by Udhayanidhi Stalin and Kalpathi S. Aghoram, it stars Vidharth and Amala Paul in the lead roles. Featuring an acclaimed soundtrack by D. Imman, the film, which garnered much anticipation prior to release, released on 5 November 2010, coinciding with the Diwali festival, receiving critical acclaim and going on to win the Best Film Award at the 58th Filmfare Awards South. Actor Thambi Ramaiah went on to win the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2011. The film was dubbed in Telugu as Prema Khaidhi.it was remade into kannada as Shyloo in 2011. The film is being remade in Hindi cinema by Prabhu Solomon, produced by Fox Star Studios Mynaa became a major success among 2010 Deepavali releases and was released along with Uthamaputhiran. A Bengali remake of this movie named PoraMon starring Symon, Mahiya Mahi And Anisur Rahman Milon was released on 14 June 2013. The movie was based on the 2010 movie Dog Bite Dog.
The film starts with an imprisoned Suruli (Vidharth) recalling his love for Mynaa (Amala Paul) since childhood that becomes more intense as they grow. While suruli was 15, he dropped out of school and became unofficial cleaner in the jeep ferry in his village. He sees 11-year old myna and her widow mom being thrown out of house due to lack of rent. Suruli becomes attracted to her, as she picks her books first from the mess. He takes the duo to his village, arranges a home for them, and even gives some money he saved for myna's mom to start as a very small snack vendor. He also gets myna into the school where he eloped from, and she keeps studying. 8 years later, suruli is a hard-working kooli in the neighbouring town and myna is preparing for her +2 exams. She attains puberty and love blossoms between them, which is despised by myna's mom who sees suruli as a not-worthy groom. Though Mynaa's mother assures Suruli of getting them married, she changes her mind and arranges for Mynaa to marry a man working in Dubai. Infuriated, Suruli threatens to kill her, and throws a stone near her head. He is arrested by the police and given a 15-day prison sentence for murder-threat. Mynaa's mother arranges the marriage on the 14th day (on diwali) one day before his release.
Here comes the story of sub-jail in-charge DSP Bhaskar (Sethu) and a head constable Ramaiah (Thambi Ramaiah) . Baskar was from a poor family and he studies hard to become Deputy-Superintend. But he married the daughter of a very rich land-lord, and she has 4 elder brothers, who adore her. So, his wife wants him to obey her every command, which he obeys 60%. HC Ramaiah is a happy married man who loves his wife, but is childless. The jail is decorated for the pre-diwali function, and after the function Suruli is found to be missing. The jail staff are shocked as if something happens to him outside the jail (or) if the DSP can't produce him for court after diwali, all of them will face severe charges. The district jail-chief gives baskar 24-hours to bring him back. meanwhile, baskar was to immediately take his wife to madurai to complete their diwali shopping with her family as this diwali was his Thalai Deepavali . But, to save his job he secretly quits this tradition and goes to suruli's village with ramiah.
Suruli reaches myna's house by midnight, but her mother locks herself and myna inside, and blackmails that if suruli tries to come in by force, she will immolate myna. Suruli waits patiently outside for the groom's family. baskar and ramaiah reach the nearest small town to suruli's village and forced to move by foot. They reach his village by morning. As the groom comes, myna's mom comes out and blames suruli for forcing her daughter. But myna refuses this and the marriage is dropped. Myna's mom attempts to kill the duo but baskar saves them and handcuffs suruli. Myna decides to proceed along with them.
On their way, they encounter more adventures that include an elephant chasing them and losing their way thereby reaching Kerala. From there, their journey continues, with Bhaskar becoming infuriated with Suruli as he is not able to celebrate his first diwali, busy running behind Suruli. He promises to give him hell once he is back in prison. A parallel story reveals Bhaskar's annoyed wife Sudha and her brothers troubling Bhaskar to come to their hometown for the festival. However, Bhaskar soon develops a soft corner for Suruli as he saves him from a freak bus accident. The four go back together to their hometown. Baskar promises to get suruli released within 2 days and assures to get them married after Suruli is released and Ramaiah asks Mynaa to stay in his house for shelter.
However, Bhaskar instead asks Ramaiah to let Mynaa stay in his house so that he can take her safe the next day for wedding. On reaching his house, Bhaskar finds his wife waiting furiously and she also accuses Mynaa for having illegitimate relationship with Bhaskar. Bhaskar gets angry and scolds his wife following which she leaves the home. On the next day, Bhaskar, Ramaiah and Suruli on the way to court finds a dead body in railway track and they get shocked seeing it to be Mynaa. Bhaskar finds out that Sudha's brothers arrived at their house immeditely and killed Mynaa, who they thought to be responsible for the trouble, and threw her body on a railway track. Upon witnessing this Suruli cries and jumps in front of another train and dies. Bhaskar feels guilty about the incident and gets angered. He quits his job, goes back to his wife's home where he kills her and all of her brothers with just a sickle. He voluntarily surrenders and is imprisoned for 20 year-sentence in suruli's cell.
- Vidharth as Suruli
- Amala Paul as Mynaa
- Sethu as Bhaskar
- Thambi Ramaiah as Ramaiah
- Suzane George as Sudha Bhaskar
- Sevvalai as Mayi
- Manroadu Manickam as Karthik
After completing the film's script, Prabu Solomon travelled 7,000 kilometers covering 26 towns across Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka as he wanted to find a location filled with dense forests and surrounded hills. He finally found it in Kurangani, a town 30 kilometers from the municipality of Bodinayakkanur in Theni district.
Realising that well-known actors would be hesitant to stay in a remote place, Solomon decided to make the film with newcomers. It took Solomon 6 months to finalise the cast and crew. The film was shot in natural light and without any make-up being used for the actors. Due to the remoteness of the shooting location, the crew members had to trek 7 kilometers daily. Despite this, the principal photography was completed in 78 days.
|Soundtrack album by D. Imman|
|Released||23 September 2010|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The film score and soundtrack for Mynaa was composed by D. Imman. The album consists of 5 tracks, featuring lyrics penned by Yugabharathi and Eknaath. The songs, especially the title track, became very popular, while the album was widely considered Imman's finest work yet. The song "Kaiya Pudi" is based on "Can I Have This Dance" from High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008). The song Neeyum Naanum is also similar to "Right Here, Right Now" from High School Musical 3: Senior Year.
|1.||"Mynaa Mynaa"||Yugabharathi||Shaan, MLR Karthikeyan (humming)||04:35|
|2.||"Kichu Kichu Thambalam"||Yugabharathi||Baby Harini, Sriranjani, S. Srimathi, G. Aathireya, Lakshman Aravind, Solar Sai||04:16|
|3.||"Neeyum Naanum"||Eknaath||Benny Dayal, Shreya Ghoshal||04:57|
|4.||"Jingu Chikka"||Yugabharathi||Solar Sai, Kalpana Raghavendar||03:55|
|5.||"Kaiya Pudi"||Yugabharathi||Naresh Iyer, Sadhana Sargam||04:03|
|National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor||Thambi Ramaiah||Won|
|Filmfare Award for Best Film - Tamil||Won|
|Filmfare Award for Best Director - Tamil||Prabu Solomon||Nominated|
|Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil||Amala Paul||Nominated|
|Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor - Tamil||Thambi Ramaiah||Nominated|
|Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress||Amala Paul||Won|
|Vijay Award for Best Actress||Amala Paul||Nominated|
|Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor||Thambi Ramaiah||Won|
|Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress||Susan George||Nominated|
|Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor||Vidharth||Won|
|Vijay Award for Best Cinematographer||Sukumar||Nominated|
|Vijay Award for Best Story, Screenplay Writer||Prabu Solomon||Won|
|Vijay Award for Best Crew||Won|
|Best Debut Actress||Amala Paul||Won|
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