Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey: A Romantic Tamil Movie
Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey (English: Love at Dusk) is a 2012 Tamil romantic drama film written and directed by Narayan Nagendra Rao. The film stars Aari and Shubha Phutela in the lead roles, with Sathish, Balaji Venugopal, and Subbu Panchu in supporting roles. The film was released on July 27, 2012 to mixed reviews from critics and audiences.
The film revolves around the lives of four different people who meet at a coffee shop on a rainy day. Ajay (Aari) is a wannabe filmmaker who is waiting for his girlfriend Renu (Shubha Phutela) to join him. Renu is a software engineer who is unhappy with her married life and wants to divorce her husband. Meanwhile, the coffee shop manager (Sathish) is facing financial troubles and is worried about his future. He is also in love with a waitress (Tejaswini) who works there. The fourth person is a middle-aged man (Balaji Venugopal) who is a regular customer of the coffee shop and likes to narrate stories to anyone who listens.
The film explores the relationships, dreams, and struggles of these four characters as they spend two hours in the coffee shop. The film also has flashbacks that reveal the past of each character and how they ended up in their present situation. The film ends with a twist that changes the lives of all the characters.
Aari as Ajay, a wannabe filmmaker
Shubha Phutela as Renu, a software engineer and Ajay's girlfriend
Sathish as the coffee shop manager
Balaji Venugopal as the middle-aged storyteller
Subbu Panchu as Renu's husband
Tejaswini as the waitress
The film was initially titled as Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi, which was later changed to Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey. The film was produced by Mayuri Sekar under the banner of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Creations. The film was shot in Chennai and Pondicherry. The film marked the debut of Aari and Shubha Phutela in Tamil cinema. Shubha Phutela died of jaundice in October 2012, a few months after the release of the film.
The music of the film was composed by Achu Rajamani, who also made his debut as a music director with this film. The film had six songs, which were written by Rohini, Thamarai, Narayan Nagendra Rao, and Achu Rajamani. The songs were sung by Karthik, Haricharan, Chinmayi, Ranjith, Achu Rajamani, and Ramya NSK. The soundtrack album was released on June 27, 2012 by Sony Music India.
The film received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. The film was praised for its realistic portrayal of urban relationships and its fresh music, but was criticized for its slow pace and lack of novelty. The film was also compared to the Hindi film Life in a... Metro (2007), which had a similar theme of multiple stories set in a city.
The film was a moderate success at the box office, collecting around Rs. 3 crore in its theatrical run.
Where to Watch
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