Vaayai Moodi Pesavum

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Vaayai Moodi Pesavum
Vaaiyai moodi pesavum.jpg
Poster
Directed by Balaji Mohan
Produced by S Sashikanth
Varun Manian
Screenplay by Balaji Mohan
Story by Balaji Mohan
Starring Dulquer Salman
Nazriya Nazim
Madhoo
Music by Sean Roldan
Cinematography Soundararajan
Edited by Abhinav Sunder Nayak
Production
company
Y NOT Studios
Radiance Media
Release date
25 April 2014
Country India
Language Tamil

Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (English: Speak With Your Mouth Shut) is a 2014 Tamil[1] romantic comedy film directed by Balaji Mohan starring Dulquer Salman and Nazriya Nazim. Sean Roldan scored the music, while Soundararajan was the cinematographer and Abhinav Sunder Nayak worked as the editor. Filming began in November 2013. The film was simultaneously made in Malayalam with the same lead actors and slightly changed supporting actors list, under the title Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

The story takes place in Panimalai, a hill city, during a spring season. The film begins with RJ Balaji, playing himself, coming to Panimalai to be a guest of a live radio show. In the middle of the show, he starts coughing severely and suddenly loses his voice. He is diagnosed with a new type of virus called the Mute flu, that causes sudden muteness and sometimes even death.

Aravindh (Dulquer Salman) is a Sales Rep working with a glue company. His dream is to become a Radio Jockey, and even attends interviews with a FM station. As the Mute Flu spreads across the city, the state Government sends the Health Minister Sundaralingam (Pandiarajan) to Panimalai to take care of the situation. The people are asked to undergo a medical checkup to check whether they are affected by the virus or not. Aravindh goes to the hospital and meets Anjana (Nazriya Nazim), a junior doctor, who believes that talking is the only cause of all the problems in the world and if people keep things to themselves things will be very fine. Anjana is in a relationship with Vinodh, a possessive guy who always commands Anjana on what she should do and even what she should wear. Anjana lives with her Dad and Stepmom Vidhya (Madhoo). Since Anjana lost her mom at a young age, she is reluctant to accept Vidhya as her mom, though she is a sweet and caring woman, and always maintains a distance from her. Vidhya is an aspiring writer, who is trying to get her Husband's attention and support to write her third book. Her husband finds no time to talk to her as he is too busy with his work.

Panimalai comes into the news for another issue, where, Bhoomesh (John Vijay), a film superstar, who has gone to shoot one of his films, is being opposed by Mattai Ravi (Robo Shankar), a drunkard who is the President of the Drinkers Association, over the issue of Bhoomesh showing drunkards in a bad light in his films. The Drinkers Association and Bhoomesh's fans, led by (Ramesh Thilak) form groups to fight over this issue.

Aravindh and Anjana begin a friendship and he insists her that if everything is spoken directly from the heart, there would be no problem between anyone. He asks her to speak openly with Vinodh and sort out the difference of opinion between them. She does not agree to this, and Aravindh challenges her that, if he successfully stops the feud between Bhoomesh and Mattai Ravi just by means of speaking, Anjana should talk openly with Vinodh to sort out their issues. They both agree on the challenge and mark a deadline day. Aravindh tries so many ways to stop the feud between Bhoomesh's fans and the Drinkers association, but it ends up in an even bitter fight. As time goes by, Aravindh falls in love with Anjana, not knowing that she is engaged to Vinodh.

Aravindh is brought up in an Orphanage that belongs to Adhikesavan (Vinu Chakravarthy), a stubborn old man, who is constantly asking the Orphanage to be vacated so that he can rent it to richer tenants. Though Aravindh helps the Children in the Orphanage by donating some of his money, it is not enough to save the Orphanage. Aravindh tries to speak to him and sort the issue, but Adhikesavan is too hesitant even to speak with him.

But Aravindh and his friend kidnap the stubborn man and leave him in his son's house making a close relationship.

The final report by the health organisation says that the dumb flu spreads only by means of speaking, and issues a speaking ban in the town. Then everyone in the town tries to adjust to living with not speaking. Aravindh conducts the meeting with Drinkers Association and Bhoomesh's fans and they reconcile.

A cure for the illness is invented, but if the virus has already infected a person, the cure has a 50% probability of a side effect that the patient might lose the ability to speak. The movie ends with everyone getting cured but minister Sundaralingam, who has been faking the illness given cure medicine on the stage for a photo op and losing his voice for real.

Cast[edit]

  • Dulquer Salmaan as Arvind, talented sales rep, and aspirant for RJ in Panimalai
  • Nazriya Nazim as Dr.Anjana, trainee doctor in Panimalai Government Hospital
  • Madhoo as Vidhya, Anjana's step mom
  • Abhishek Shankar as Vidhya's husband
  • Pandiarajan as Health Minister Sundaralingam
  • Arjunan as Sathish
  • Kaali Venkat as Palani, Assistant to Health Minister
  • John Vijay as "Nuclear Star" Bhoomesh, famous actor portraying only good habits in his roles.
  • Robo Shankar as Mattai Ravi, President of State Alcoholics Association, protesting against Bhoomesh, for showing drunkards in bad light in his films.
  • Ramesh Thilak as Ganesh, president of "Nuclear Star" Bhoomesh Fan Club.
  • Vinu Chakravarthy as Rich miser Adhikesavan
  • Balaji Mohan as TV News Reporter for News Prime
  • Abhinav as Vinodh
  • Nakshatra Nagesh as Saraswathi, nurse in Panimalai Government Hospital and Ganesh's crush.
  • Kamala Krishnaswamy as the Orphanage's Patron and Arvind's Mother Figure
  • Sathyapriya as Adhikesavan's Wife
  • RJ Balaji as himself
  • Mime Gopi

Production[edit]

In June 2013, the Radiance Group led by Varun Manian entered a five-film deal with YNOT Studios and venture into film production with a new entertainment company called Radiance Media.[3] Varun stated that Radiance Media will be producing their first film with director Balaji Mohan for a bilingual film and plan to launch Dulquer Salman in Tamil.[4][5] Nazriya Nazim was signed as the heroine and Anirudh Ravichander was reported to be the Music Director.[5] About her role Nazriya said, "Anjana, my character, is somebody I haven't played in my career yet".[1] Anirudh later backed out[6] and independent musician Ragahvendra, known under his stage name Sean Roldan, replaced him and made his debut as a film composer.[7] Soundararajan was signed up as the Cinematographer.[8] Abhinav Sunder Nayak was signed in as the Editor.[9]

The film started filming in Munnar on 4 November, with Madhoo joining the cast of the film, making her comeback in the Tamil and Malayalam film industries.[7][10]

Soundtrack[edit]

Vaayai Moodi Pesavum
Soundtrack album by Sean Roldan
Released 2014
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 22:27
Language Tamil
Label Think Music
Producer Sean Roldan
Sean Roldan chronology
Vaayai Moodi Pesavum
(2014)
Sathuranga Vettai
(2014)Sathuranga Vettai2014

The soundtrack for the film was composed by Sean Roldan, who made his debut as a composer in the film industry, through the venture. The audio was launched in Chennai on 14 March 2014 by veteran director Mani Ratnam.[11]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Shut up! Vaaya Moodu! Pesadhe!" Balaji Mohan Sean Roldan, Balaji Mohan 2:21
2. "Kadhal Ara Onnu Vizundhuchu" Muthamil Sean Roldan, Shakthisree Gopalan 3:49
3. "Mr Fix-It Theme"     2:31
4. "Podhum Nee Ini Varundhadhe" Muthamil Haricharan 4:36
5. "Udaigiren Udaigiren" Madhan Karky Aalap Raju 2:29
6. "Beedhiya Kelappa Jazz Theme"     1:55
7. "The Sound of Silence"     1:59
8. "Maatra Paravai" Madhan Karky Pradeep, Kalyani Nair 2:57
Total length: 22:27

Release[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were secured by Zee Thamizh.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

Sify wrote, "Vaayai Moodi Pesavum is refreshingly fresh, quirky and innovative. It is one of the best romcoms laced with satire in recent times, and a lead pair that crackles", going on to add, "Balaji Mohan has reinvented the romcom formula".[13] The New Indian Express wrote, "The film may fall short in its entertainment quotient as compared to the director’s earlier film. But Mohan should be appreciated for his wacky, daring and innovative attempt".[14] The Hindu wrote, "The film is filled with gags, satire and a cheeky commentary on life. While the laughter is loud and frequent in the theatre, half an hour later you wonder what the reason was for all the fuss. The film doesn't have a taut storyline that lingers in your mind. If that had been nailed, this would have been an experiment that really worked".[15] The Times of India gave the film 4/5 and wrote, "Vaayai Moodi Pesavum is truly an ambitious effort, at least by Indian cinema standards, and what's truly heartening is that Balaji Mohan succeeds in his attempt.[16] Deccan Chronicle gave it 3.5/5 and wrote, "there are many subtexts to the film – a little too many to delve into. However, like fine wine and certain genres of music, it does take a little getting used to. Vaayai Moodi Pesavum is definitely a bold attempt".[17] IANS also gave 3.5/5 and called it "an almost brilliant film that contradicts itself at several junctures for reasons that are never explained and left to be figured out by the viewer".[18] 3.5/5 was the rating given Rediff that wrote, "A totally new concept coupled with the director’s unique narrative style and a screenplay loaded with satire and comedy, makes Vaayai Moodi Pesavum, a thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable film".[19] Behindwoods gave 3.25/5 and wrote, "Apart from the whacky concept, its seemingly quotable animated characters, the locations, colour, styling, music by Sean Roldan and the cinematography of Soundarrajan quite simply make Vaayai Moodi Pesavum the coolest film this summer".[20] S Rajasekar of Cinemalead gave 3.25/5 and called the film "Classy, pleasant and feel good.".[21] OneIndia gave 3/5 and concluded that the film is "A light-hearted family entertainer even though there are double entendre jokes at parts.".[22] Indiaglitz gave 3/5 for the film and concluded that the film is "Pleasant and makes you feel good, so talk it out!".[23] Bharath Vijaykumar of Moviecrow gave 3.25/5 and concluded, "VMP is a refreshingly original attempt at clean humour. This crazy attempt from Balaji Mohan definitely warrants the support of fans who want different type of films to hit our screens more consistently.".[24]

In contrast, Gautaman Bhaskaran of the Hindustan Times gave 2/5 and wrote, "For a good part, the film runs without dialogues, though the loud, almost irritatingly intrusive, background score robs the work of, what could have been otherwise, beautiful silence. And, what is downright silly is a government minister camping in the town – a man who is caught between a smart personal assistant and a haughty chief minister. Salman as the sales guy promoting an adhesive seems to hold out some promise, but Nazim and Madhoo sparkle. And with Mohan himself portraying a witty television news anchor, the film has its bright moments, but not enough to get more stars. If only there was greater finesse in treatment and the excision of some scenes, Vaayai Moodi Pesavum could have been gripping." [25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dulquer and Nazriya team up for a bilingual". The Times of India. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "'Vaayai Moodi Pesavum' (VMP) Review Roundup: Feel Good Entertainer Worth Watching". International Business Times. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "We will invest in films with strong scripts". The Times of India. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Varun Manian enters Kollywood". Sify. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Nazriya & Dulquer in a bi-lingual". Sify. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Anirudh returns back signing amounts". Sify. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Radiance Media starts Dulquer film in Munnar!". Sify. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Cinematographer Soudararajan aka Soundar Rajan on SJ Suryah's Isai and Balaji Mohan's Vai Moodi Pesa". Behindwoods. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Dulquer and Nazriya's Vayai Moodi Pesavum's first look is out". Behindwoods. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Madhoo gears up for nostalgic trip". The Times of India. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  11. ^ VMP audio news Sify
  12. ^ "Vaayai Moodi Pesavum premieres on Zee Thamizh". Tamil365. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Movie Review : Vaayai Moodi Pesavum". Sify. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Refreshing, Daring Attempt to Blend Talkies With Silent Art The New Indian Express
  15. ^ Subha J. Rao. "Vaayai Moodi Pesavum: When speech is banned". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  16. ^ M. Suganth (26 April 2014). "Vaayai Moodi Pesavum movie review: Wallpaper, Story, Trailer at Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Movie review 'Vaayai Moodi Pesavum': Shut up and listen!". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "'Vaayai Moodi Pesavum' - sometimes brilliant, sometimes contradictory". IANS. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Vaayai Moodi Pesavum is a total entertainer". Rediff. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (aka) Vaaiyai Moodi Pesavum review". Behindwoods. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  21. ^ Vaayai Moodi Pesavum review Cinemalead
  22. ^ "Vaayai Moodi Pesavum review". OneIndia. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  23. ^ Vaayai Moodi Pesavum review Indiaglitz 25 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014
  24. ^ Vaayai Moodi Pesavum review Moviecrow 25 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014
  25. ^ Vaayai Moodi Pesavum review Hindustan Times 26 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014

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