Mynaa

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Mynaa
Mynaa poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Tamilமைனா
Directed byPrabhu Solomon
Produced byUdhayanidhi Stalin
Kalpathi S. Aghoram
Kalpathi S. Ganesh
Kalpathi S. Suresh
Written byPrabhu Solomon
Starring
Music byD. Imman
CinematographyM. Sukumar
Edited byLVK Dass
Production
company
Shalom Studios
Distributed by
Release date
  • 5 November 2010 (2010-11-05)
Running time
146 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Budget5 crore[1]
Box office30 crore

Mynaa is a 2010 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film directed and written by Prabu Solomon. Jointly distributed by Udhayanidhi Stalin and Kalpathi S. Aghoram,[2] it stars Vidharth and Amala Paul in the lead roles. Featuring an acclaimed soundtrack by D. Imman,[3] the film, which garnered much anticipation prior to release,[4][5] 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.[6][7][8] Actor Thambi Ramaiah went on to win the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2011. Mynaa became a major success among 2010 Deepavali releases and was released along with Uthamaputhiran.

Plot[edit]

The film starts with an imprisoned Suruli (Vidharth) recalling his love for Mynaa (Amala Paul) since childhood that becomes more intense as they grow. When Suruli was 15, he dropped out of school and became an unofficial cleaner in the jeep ferry in his village. He sees 11-year old Mynaa and her widow mother being thrown out of their 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 and arranges a home for them. He also gets Mynaa into the school where he eloped from, and she keeps studying. Eight years later, Suruli is a hardworking coolie in the neighbouring town and Mynaa is preparing for her +2 exams. She attains puberty, and love blossoms between them, which is despised by Mynaa's mother, who sees Suruli as an unworthy 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). He married Sudha (Suzane George), the daughter of a very rich landlord. She has four elder brothers who adore her. 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 because if something happens to him outside the jail or if Bhaskar cannot produce him for court after Diwali, all of them will face severe charges. The district jail-chief gives Bhaskar a day's time to bring him back. Meanwhile, Bhaskar was to immediately take Sudha to Madurai to complete their Diwali shopping with her family as this Diwali was his Thalai[9] Deepavali. To save his job, he secretly quits this tradition and goes to Suruli's village with Ramaiah.

Suruli reaches Mynaa's house by midnight, but her mother locks herself and Mynaa inside and blackmails that if Suruli tries to come in by force, she will immolate Mynaa. Suruli waits patiently outside for the groom's family. Bhaskar and Ramaiah reach the nearest small town to Suruli's village and are forced to move by foot. They reach his village by morning. As the groom comes, Mynaa's mother comes out and blames Suruli for forcing her daughter. Mynaa refuses this, and the marriage is dropped. Myna's mother attempts to kill the duo, but Bhaskar saves them and handcuffs Suruli. Mynaa 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 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. Bhaskar promises to get Suruli released within two days and assures to get them married after Suruli is released. Ramaiah asks Mynaa to stay in his house for shelter.

However, Bhaskar 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 Sudha waiting furiously, and she also accuses Mynaa for having an 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, find a dead body on the railway track and get shocked, seeing it to be Mynaa. Bhaskar finds out that Sudha's brothers arrived at their house immediately and killed Mynaa, who they thought to be responsible for the trouble. They then threw her body on a railway track. Upon witnessing this, Suruli cries, jumps in front of another train, and dies. Bhaskar feels guilty about the incident and gets angered. He quits his job and goes back to his wife's home, where he kills her and her brothers with a sickle. He voluntarily surrenders and is imprisoned for 20 year-sentence in Suruli's cell.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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.[10]

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.[10]

Soundtrack[edit]

Mynaa
Soundtrack album by
Released27 September 2010 (2010-09-27)
Recorded2009
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length19:20
LabelJunglee Music
ProducerD. Imman
D. Imman chronology
Vaadaa
(2010)
Mynaa
(2010)
Thambikottai
(2011)

The film score and soundtrack for Mynaa were composed by D. Imman. The album was released on 27 September 2010, which 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.[3][11] The songs "Kaiya Pudi" and "Neeyum Naanum" seems to be similar from the songs "Can I Have This Dance" and "Right Here, Right Now" from High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008).[12]

Track list
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Mynaa Mynaa"YugabharathiShaan04:35
2."Kichu Kichu Thambalam"YugabharathiBaby Harini, Sriranjani, S. Srimathi, G. Aathireya, Lakshman Aravind, Solar Sai04:16
3."Neeyum Naanum"EknaathBenny Dayal, Shreya Ghoshal04:57
4."Jingu Chikka"YugabharathiSolar Sai, Kalpana Raghavendar03:55
5."Kaiya Pudi"YugabharathiNaresh Iyer, Sadhana Sargam04:03
Total length:19:20

Release[edit]

The film is being remade in Hindi cinema by Prabhu Solomon, produced by Fox Star Studios[13] It was remade in Kannada in 2011 as Shyloo. A Bangladeshi remake of this movie named PoraMon was released on 14 June 2013.

Awards[edit]

Ceremony Award Category Name Outcome
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The new darlings of Kollywood". Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  2. ^ IndiaGlitz – More praise on ‘Mynaa’ – Tamil Movie News
  3. ^ a b "I found my true self with Mynaa: Imman". The Times of India. 18 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Mynaa comes in for praise, again!". The Times of India. 11 October 2010.
  5. ^ Prabhu Solomon – Tamil Movie News – Highly expected movie for Diwali! – Prabhu Solomon | Mynaa | Udhayanidhi Stalin | Red Giant Movies – Behindwoods.com
  6. ^ "Myna Movie Review". Behindwoods. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Mynaa: A breath of fresh air". Rediff. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Mynaa Tamil Movie Review". IndiaGlitz. 5 November 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  9. ^ Thalai Deepavali is the first Deepavali of a married couple and a very special occasion in Tamil Nadu.
  10. ^ a b Dhananjayan 2014, p. 507.
  11. ^ Karthik (25 September 2010). "Mynaa (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman by Milliblog!". Itwofs.com. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Mynaa Kaiya Pudi Song Total Copy From High School Musical". SS Music. Archived from the original on 11 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Mynaa to speak in Hindi". Supergoodmovies.com. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  14. ^ "58th National Film Awards for 2010 announced". dff.nic.in. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  15. ^ "Nominees of Idea Filmfare Awards South". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  16. ^ "DHANUSH RECEIVES IT ON BEHALF OF RAJINI". Behindwoods. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  17. ^ "Simbu, Trisha & Enthiran win Awards". Southdreamz.com. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.

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