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Muthirai (English: Stamp / Mark) is a 2009 Indian Tamil-language thriller film written by Aneez Tanveer Jeeva, wife of late director Jeeva, who also produces this film, and directed by actor Srinath,starring Daniel Balaji, Nithin Sathya, Lakshmi Rai and newcomer Manjari Phadnis in the lead roles, whilst Kishore of Polladhavan and Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu fame and Ponvannan play important supporting roles and Bollywood actress Rakhi Sawant makes a special appearance.[1] The film, which has musical score by Yuvan Shankar Raja, was launched in early 2008, and was released on 19 June 2009.[2]

Muthirai
Muthirai CD Cover.jpg
Directed bySrinath
Produced byVikram Bhatt
Surendra Sharma
Amita Bishnoi
Bhagwanti Gabrani
Written byAneez Tanveer Jeeva
StarringDaniel Balaji
Nithin Sathya
Lakshmi Rai
Manjari Phadnis
Kishore
Ponvannan
Anand
Music byYuvan Shankar Raja
CinematographySaleem
Edited byAnthony
Production
company
ASA Production & Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.
Vision Jeeva Studios
Distributed byASA Production & Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.
Release date
  • 19 June 2009 (2009-06-19)
Running time
132 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

PlotEdit

Azhagar Adhiyaman's (Saravanan) party wins in Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. His brother Azhagar Thondaiman (Anand), the senior party leader Aadhikesavan (Ponvannan), and Azhagar Adhiyaman discuss about the posts to be held. Discussions turn into gun-firing, where all three of them get bullet shots. Azhagar Adhiyaman dies, Azhagar Thondaiman gets into a coma, and Aadhikesavan is left with an injury. The state is brought under temporary Governor's rule until their party chooses the new CM.

Sathya (Nithin Sathya) and his accomplice Azhagu (Daniel Balaji]) are highly successful and petty thieves. Azhagu marries Kavyanjali (Lakshmi Rai) once for money (under mass-marriage programme). Kavya's father (Cochin Hanifa) tries to make money with his daughter. Azhagu realizes his mistake and tries to convince Kavya. Sathya cheats Aarthi (Manjari Phadnis) by saying he is a CBI officer and makes her fall in love with him. Sathya and Azhagu stay in an apartment opposite to where Krishna (Chetan) stays.

The commissioner (Kishore) is appointed as the investigating officer for the case, and he finds that Krishna knows some information about the firing where Azhagar Adhiyaman was killed. He traces where Krishna stays and chases him. At the same time in the opposite apartment, Sathya, Azhagu and Aarthi host a birthday party for Kavya for Azhagu and Kavya to get together again. Krishna enters their house to escape from the police, and all five of them start running away from the police. While the police chases them, Azhagu, Kavya, Sathya, and Aarthi try to escape. Krishna also tries to get in the car and drops his laptop in their car.

Four of them flee and seek refugee in a hideout. They take out the laptop to find that Aadhikesavan has shot Azhagar Adhiyaman and his brother, and he shoots himself. Azhagu calls up the commissioner to handover the witness, which fails because Aadhikesavan's men come and attack them in their hideout and Azhagu thinks that it is the commissioner's men. Later, he calls Aadhikesavan and demands ransom in exchange for the laptop. He also checks the commissioner's credit card transaction and mobile phone calls and finds that the commissioner has been getting a lot of money illegally from Azhagar Thondaiman, and he is appointed by him.

In the climax, Sathya comes to collect money from Aadhikesavan, where the commissioner also turns up unexpectedly. Azhagu comes with Azhagar Thondaiman, who was in the hospital. Azhagar Thondaiman explains his side of the story, that he also tried to kill his brother and had worn a bulletproof jacket to avoid the bulletproof. Krishna was a man appointed by him to take videos of incidents happening. The commissioner kills Aadhikesavan. When Sathya and Azhagu try to escape with the money, other police officers encounter them. They shoot the commissioner and arrest Azhagar Thondaiman. In the meantime, Sathya and Azhagu escape with the money and wish the other police officers good luck with their career.

CastEdit

SoundtrackEdit

Muthirai
Soundtrack album by
Released7 May 2009 (2009-05-07)
Recorded2008 / 2009
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length37:19
LabelASA Music
ProducerYuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Vaamanan
(2009)
Muthirai
(2009)
Oy!
(2009)

The soundtrack was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and was released on 7 May 2009 at Sathyam Cinemas by director Gautham Menon.[3][4] It features 8 tracks overall, out of which 2 songs are remixes, which were composed by Aditya. Specially mentionable is the fact, that one of the female leads of the film, Manjari Phadnis, a Maharashtrian by birth, has sung one of the songs, the first time in her career. The lyrics were penned by Snehan, Na. Muthukumar and Pa. Vijay.[5]

Track Song Singer(s) Lyricist Duration Notes
1 'Om Shanthi Om' Neha Bhasin Na. Muthukumar 4:44 Picturized on Lakshmi Rai in a bar
2 'Azhagana Neeyum' Naresh Iyer, Manjari Phadnis Snehan 5:06 Picturized on Nithin Sathya and Manjari Phadnis
3 'Night Is Still Young' Krish, Benny Dayal, Preethi Pa. Vijay 4:42 Item number picturized on Rakhi Sawant, Nithin Sathya and Daniel Balaji
4 'July Madhathil' Mohd. Aslam, Rahul Nambiyar, Tanvi Shah, Priya Na. Muthukumar 4:21 Picturized on Nithin Sathya, Daniel Balaji, Lakshmi Rai and Manjari Phadnis
5 'Uyire Uyire' Javed Ali, Madhushree Snehan 5:08 Picturized on Daniel Balaji and Lakshmi Rai
6 'Nenjukulla' Shweta Mohan Snehan 2:32 Picturized on Daniel Balaji and Lakshmi Rai
7 'Om Shanthi Om (Remix)' Neha Bhasin Na. Muthukumar 5:11 Remixed by Aditya
Not featured in the film
8 'Night Is Still Young (Remix)' Krish, Benny Dayal, Preethi Pa. Vijay 4:35 Remixed by Aditya
Not featured in the film

ReceptionEdit

Behindwoods wrote "Director Srinath knows his onions only too well and as a result, the racy story is further strewn with countless twists – some drab, but most of them surprisingly convincing fuelling the pace of the movie ensuring that there’s never a dull moment in the script."[6] Rediff wrote "Halfway through the film though, you begin to realise that despite a rather nice cast, comedian-turned-director Srinath seems to have lost track of whatever Hollywood screenplay he burglarised and settled down with a half-baked desi version."[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rakhi Sawant in 'Muthirai'". MSN Entertainment India. entertainment.in.msn.com. 22 August 2008. Archived from the original on 26 August 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2008. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ Tamilnadu Entertainment :: Movie Trading Portal Archived 3 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Mutthirai audio launch was short and sweet!". Sify. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  4. ^ "'Muthirai' Audio Launched". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  5. ^ http://www.starmusiq.com/tamil_movie_songs_listen_download.asp?MovieId=68
  6. ^ http://behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-reviews/reviews-2/mutthirai.html
  7. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/review/muthirai-wasted-potential/20090619.htm

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