Mugamoodi review

Movie: Mugamoodi
Directed by Mysskin
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala,, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Written by Mysskin
Starring: Jeeva, Nithisree baskar, Narain, Pooja Hegde, Nasser, Selvaah
Music by Kay
Cinematography Sathya
Editing by Gaugin
Studio UTV Motion Pictures
Release date: August 31, 2012

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Before heading to theatres, you have to clear your thoughts that Mugamoodi will be no Hollywood flick rather a Tamil movie, which has taken inspiration from the Hollywood superhero movies, made for the Kollywood audience.

Directed by Mysskin, who is known for making critically-acclaimed films, the movie is a tribute to Chinese-American actor Bruce Lee.

Mysskin‘s approach to Mugamoodi is realistic, like before, and he has not tried to add unnecessary commercial elements. He has blended the qualities (in film) of Bruce Lee and Batman to give birth to our superhero. It has to be noted that he has not projected Jeeva as a man with extraordinary qualities taken birth to save his people, but a hero, who works within his limits to serve for a cause.

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The movie kick-starts on a serious note and tries to draw your attention in the opening scene itself. A gang of robbers unsettle the city by robbing the riches and killing them. The issue awakes the cops after the gang loots for the seventh time.

Cop Gaurav (Nassar) is being appointed to catch the culprits. We are also introduced to Bruce Lee aka Anand aka Mugamoodi, who has been trained in Kung Fu by Chandru (Selvaah), and the baddie played by Narain.

Being a jobless, Bruce Lee often lands in fights and gets nice tongue-lashing for his acts from his father. When his father points his finger at his guru for being useless to his family, the son objects his father’s statement on his guru for his mistakes. During one of his fights, he gets caught by Shakti, the daughter of cop Gaurav, and she gets him arrested. His anger on her, turns to love in his second sight and in order to meet her at home, he dons the superman avatar, which accidentally makes him help the cops to catch a culprit involved in the robbery.
The outcome of the incident is that Bruce Lee learns a new form of Kung Fu, which is not thought by his guru, thereby giving hints of the latter’s past. What is Chandru‘s flashback? How does his love for Shakti give a twist to the story? How Narain is connected to Chandru? Answers to all these questions should be seen on-screen.

The story of Mugamoodi, unlike Hollywood movies, is not a complex tale to understand. Mysskin does not hurry in his story telling and narrates it in his own time. The progress of the characters are slow and believable. It seems like the director wanted to make Mugamoodi a franchise, as the heroism of the superhero will only start in the later part of the second half.

The interesting factor about the movie is that it has not glorified the main roles with superhuman qualities rather restricted to human limits. Adding to that the fights, scenes and characters, all are realistic which have to be appreciated. Especially, the action sequences and chases are treat to watch.

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Jeeva wins the show through his astounding performance. His acting is good but his action sequences get full marks. Narain has tried to imitate Joker – made famous by Heath Ledger – of The Dark Night and Pooja Hegde makes a good start in her career, as she has done decent job. Technically, Sathya‘s cinematography is brilliant, and Kay’s three songs have already become chart busters. His background score has set the right mood to watch.

On the flip side, the slow narration and absence of the regular masala-element might not go well the some sections of the audience and there are jerks at screenplay. Mugamoodi would have a better appeal if the length of the movie would be reduced.

Verdict: It’s worth a watch.

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Comments

  1. egg is good says

    UTV Motion Pictures much hyped Mugamoodi (Mask) like the proverbial curate’s egg is good in parts. It has very good music and background score by Kay, but lacks a proper script and a racy presentation.
    Jiiva is very sincere and tries his best to evolve as a super hero. However the justification and the way the protagonist turn super hero lacks conviction, slickness and does not live up to the expectations.

    Mysskin starts off promisingly but as the film progresses it loses its fizz. It fails to deliver the thrills of watching a superhero film. Adhering to the unwritten superhero rule, Mugamoodi too is born out of tragedy. Our boy-next-door Anand (Jiiva) aka Bruce Lee, a Kung-Fu trained guy turns Mugamoodi, when his best friend is killed and he is mistaken by his lover Sakthi (Pooja Hegde) for shooting her dad the assistant Police commissioner Gaurav (Nasser).

    The only real standout performance is by Jiiva who has tried his best to rise above a flawed script. It’s commendable that Narain has stepped out of his comfort zone of playing hero and experiment as a bad man. But sadly the script lets him down and as the main antagonist he fails to send chills down the audience’s spine and becomes a caricature in the climax scenes.

    The rest of the supporting cast like Girish Karnad are stereotypes and have nothing to do. What’s missing from Mugamoodi is a sure-footed director’s touch, as Mysskin seem to be terribly inspired from many classics in the same genre, especially in the climax where Narain’s character speaks and acts like Heath Ledger’s memorable Joker in Batman. Debutant Pooja disappoints, as she lacks screen presence.

    The first half of the film is its most interesting aspect. The scenes of Bruce Lee (Jiiva) and his friends making merry is enjoyable, though the humour is ordinary. In the second half the film drags and at 2 hours and 43 minutes it’s a bit too long including a long drawn out climax, where an entire battalion of cops are shown in poor light!

    There are only two songs and Bar Anthem number is immediately followed by Vaayamoodi Summa Iru Da in the first half! On the whole, Mugamoodi is a one-time watch for Mysskin and Jiiva’s attempt to do something different. Wish it had a more solid and powerful script.

  2. Ramu says

    Let’s check out if the extravagant promos, the special place the director Mysskin has among the movie buffs, and the Superhero story make Mugamoodi a worthy fare to watch.

    A gang, headed by Narain, is involved in a number of robberies in north India. This gang arrives to Chennai to start a spree of robberies. Adept in Kung Fu and modern technology, the gang, keeps the police in tenterhooks always. The Chennai police appoint a special team under the able guidance of Nasser to nab the culprits.

    With this being the scenario, Jiiva is taught Kung Fu by the not-so-well-to-do master Selva. Since no one is interested in learning the martial art, Selva’s financial conditions are poor. To bring in more students for his master, Jiiva displays his skills among his friends in the area. Seeing him fight with people, Pooja Hegde, Nasser’s daughter, gets him jailed. On his release, Jiiva goes in search of her to wreck his revenge but falls in love with her instantly. With Pooja thinking him to be a rowdy, Jiiva wears a mask to meet her. At one such visit, he chances upon two gangsters from Narain’s camp and uses his skills to nab them and hands them over to the police before vanishing.

    From the culprits nabbed, Nasser finds out about the entire gang and when he goes to the Commissioner’s Office with the file, he gets shot by one of the gangsters. Pooja and police get to see Jiiva in this spot incidentally and it becomes imperative for him to wear on the mask forever so that he can find out more about the gangsters. Jiiva also gains access to the file that Nasser had on the spot and is shocked to find details about his master Selva in it. He immediately goes to ask Selva about this.

    Who is Selva? What is his connection with Narain? Did the police manage to capture the gang? Did Jiiva disclose his love to Pooja? The answer to all this forms the second part of Mugamoodi.

    This Superhero is not the one to wear a mask and do gravity-defying stunts as in Hollywood flicks. Mysskin has shown him to be an ordinary hero who use his skills and mask to get himself out of troubles and this effort by the director has to be lauded.

    Mysskin has set the screenplay in his usual style by including the camera angles, bar dance, and physically-challenged people.

    The first part of Mugamoodi goes about in jet speed with the fast-moving scenes, Kung Fu fights, mesmerizing songs, romance and comedy scenes. For instance, the scene in which Jiiva goes to thrash the heroine and receives a good beating from her is enjoyable.

    There are just two songs in the film and the director has placed them well. For this, cinematographer Sathya and music director K has extended all support. In action sequences, particularly, both of them have done a good job and have proved their mettle.

    Director Mysskin has included several characters in the film like one grandfather playing a scientist, the other a make-up artiste and costume designer, the Kung Fu specialist hero and villain gang just for the sake of making the story logical. Though he took care of characterization very well, Mysskin has faltered in the later part with some scenes being illogical and the screenplay going wayward.

    The director must have intended to show Narain as a boisterous baddie and has included scenes in which he hammers his opponents. But this simply does not gel well with the story. Likewise, Narain mouthing the same dialogues repeatedly in the end to show himself as a psycho is irritating.

    The climax could have been made more interesting and with more logic considering the fast pace of the story.

    Positive: Interesting first part, Kung Fu fights, Jiiva and Pooja’s meeting, characterization, background scores, songs, cinematography.

    Negative: The slow screenplay during the second half, illogical scenes, and the uninteresting climax.

    In total: Barring a few minor negatives, the film seems to be an enjoyable fare.

  3. Sekar says

    Among the film industry’s newest craze for superheroes who are darker, less comical and fashioned for a mature audience, Tamil director Shanmugha Raja, more popularly known as Mysskin, will soon be releasing his take on the genre. Titled ‘Mugamoodi’ in Tamil, the film will be dubbed in Telugu and is called ‘Mask’.

    The movie kick-starts on a serious note and tries to draw your attention in the opening scene itself. A gang of robbers unsettle the city by robbing the riches and killing them. The issue awakes the cops after the gang loots for the seventh time. Cop Gaurav (Nassar) is being appointed to catch the culprits. We are also introduced to Bruce Lee aka Anand aka Mugamoodi, who has been trained in Kung Fu by Chandru (Selvaah), and the baddie played by Narain.

    Being a jobless, Bruce Lee often lands in fights and gets nice tongue-lashing for his acts from his father. When his father points his finger at his guru for being useless to his family, the son objects his father’s statement on his guru for his mistakes. During one of his fights, he gets caught by Shakti, the daughter of cop Gaurav, and she gets him arrested. His anger on her, turns to love in his second sight and in order to meet her at home, he dons the superman avatar, which accidentally makes him help the cops to catch a culprit involved in the robbery.
    The outcome of the incident is that Bruce Lee learns a new form of Kung Fu, which is not thought by his guru, thereby giving hints of the latter’s past.

    Overnight, Mugamoodi becomes the most-hated person in the crime circle but is most-loved among the police department.

    Miffed by Mugamoodi’s heroism, the head of ‘Dragon’ organised crime family, Anguchamy, played by Narain, decides to retaliate. Thus the game of death between these two extraordinary characters begins and what happens further forms the rest of the story.

    In his mission to fight city crimes, Anand is assisted by several supporting characters including Girish Karnad, who plays his grandfather. Karnad’s character reminds one of Batman’s Lucius Fox, who helps design a superhero-themed costume and mask.

  4. Anand says

    Nasser is an CBI officer he chasses Jiiva for this corruption. on this chas Jiiva realizes some extraordinary work knowing himself to his feet.Thinking that he first learned karate and Jiiva This is happening because of the karate. Exceeding the karate itself an extraordinary feeling hiden inside him.At one point, the energy itself, and that somehow he will find the sabotage, after this he understood this and he is pushed to an superhero.than the story move as who cannot tolerate corruption and evils of society. He fights for justice.

    A new initiative that brought Mysskin wish,Leading actor as a villain, to show the difference, screenplay, it does so in a different way that takes Mysskin’s sixes.

  5. Vivek says

    Performances:

    Jiva as Lee is excellent and a perfect foil for this role. The slow stunt scenes with his intense body language makes an excellent watch in all the stunt scenes. Pooja hegde is OK. Narain is riveting in his villan role, he steals the show with his cruel minded plans and he is sure get more villan role opportunities. All other characters have done their role perfectly especially Nasser and Selva.

    Technicalities:

    K’s music is good. The much awaited Vaaya Moodi song lives up to its expectations and a treat to watch. BGM is excellent and will take you along with the story. A well done job by K. Cinematography is OK. Lack of much comedy scenes is the only drawback in this movie.
    Kudos to Mysskin for taking up a simple story and mixes with with a super hero concept and providing a good output. Mugamoodi says that there is a superhero
    within us in an interesting manner.

    Final Word:
    Mugamoodi will impress you with its simple story and a super narration!

  6. Sri says

    A unique and spectacular presentation is what it takes to strike the right cord with movies based on superheroes. What “Mugamoodi” lacks is the fast-paced narrations and breath-taking action sequences.

    The “Mugamoodi” character is neither armed with arsenals like Batman’s nor is he is born with super-natural powers like Superman. He is an ordinary person who eventually begins to fight the evils of society with his skills in martial art.

    In his own style, Mysskin has tried to narrate a superhero story, which unfortunately lacks the spectacle that is very much needed for such a genre. The movie may serve the interests of South Indian fans, should it not be compared with Hollywood superhero flicks.

    The film maker could have worked several improvements for “Mugamoodi”. Overall, the film is ambitious but sort of imperfect to fit the superhero concept. However, it indeed deserves a onetime watch.

  7. FF says

    Mysskin’s love of dramatic moments is well-known, but here, he goes overboard and sacrifices logic and commonsense to startling moments that rarely gel with the screenplay.

    Several times the hero, heroine and villain strike poses and spout dialogues that make you want to laugh.

    In the second half, as the villain (Narain) strutted in wearing coats, gloves and mask, the theatre erupted in giggles.

    What was worse was Girish Karnad smoking a pipe attired like Sherlock Holmes, not to mention the complete ineffectualness of the Tamil Nadu police force, who actually let villains walk away at one point, masks and all. The climax, especially, is a hoot.

    Jiiva has obviously given his best, and his martial arts sequences are worthy of applause. Pooja Hegde has little to do; Nasser, Girish Karnad et al are wasted.

    Gaugin’s editing and Sathya’s cinematography are flawless, but they can do little to lift a movie filled with theatrics.

    Jiiva’s transformation from Bruce Lee to Mugamoodi is explained in a very lacklustre fashion, and nowhere are you invested in the characters at any time.

    A superhero movie such as this requires a willing suspension of disbelief, but to give up on realism entirely, is too much. There are very few of Mysskin’s signature touches and many scenes appear contrived and artificial.

    This superhero might have the best of intentions, but Mysskin’s screenplay fails him spectacularly.

  8. SS Rak says

    The first superhero movie in Tamil cinema, Mugamoodi has a lot of expectations riding on it. This is Jiiva’s first martial arts movie. This is the first time that Mysskin is making a movie with so many commercial elements. Narein turns baddie for the first time with Mugamoodi. The movie also marks the acting debut of Pooja Hegde.
    What is it about?
    Anand aka Bruce Lee (Jiiva) is a martial arts student. But like all young men, his mind is not focussed on his training. His master (Selvaa) is strict about the training and pushes to be the best. An incident with a rival Kung Fu school, encourages Lee to take his training seriously. Meanwhile he Lee falls in love with Shakthi (Pooja Hegde). She is the daughter of the Police Commissioner (Nassar). An incident forces Lee to put on the mask and become Mugamoodi. With the mask he gets his love, makes an enemy of Dragon, is mistaken to be a murderer, loses his love… in short his life turns topsy-turvy!
    How Mugamoodi comes out of all these problems forms the rest of the story.
    Performances
    Jiiva looks trim and fit and several years younger. His Kung Fu moves are clean and perfect. He fits in the role of Mugamoodi perfectly. Pooja Hegde provides romantic flavour to the movie. She is pleasing to the eye. Narein is a revelation. As Dragon he is a mean machine and extremely convincing as the baddie. Girish Karnad as Jiiva’s mentor and grandfather, is a dignified presence. Selvaa and Nassar provide able support.
    Technique
    The music by K is pleasing, but it is the background score that takes the cake. Mysskin has given us an interesting story. He has presented the story of the masked crusader in his style. The other technical aspects of the movie add a lot of style to the movie.
    Verdict
    Mugamoodi is definitely a winner at the box office. Go on watch the movie now!

  9. SA Ravikumar says

    Mask is the muse

    Mysskin is known for his expertise in handling different themes. Jiiva is a bubbly hero who is rising fast to stardom. What happens when the two come together? They end up giving up a super hero movie, that is loaded with action that is unlimited.

    Produced by UTV, Mugamoodi features Jiiva, Pooja Hegde, Nasser, Narain and Selvah in lead roles.

    The director seems to be a great admirer of Bruce Lee it seems and hence the moviehas scenes boasting the martial arts form of Kung Fu and references about Bruce Lee. A commercial entertainer loaded with action with Jiiiva at his best is Mumgamoodi.

    Lee (Jiiva) is a kung fu student of one Chandru (Selvah). Lee loves kung fu, his master and Bruce Lee the most in his life. He comes across Sakthi (Pooja Hegde), daughter of a police officer Gaurav (Nasser) and falls for for her instantly. To impress her he takes a super hero avatar. But fate turns him a Mugamoodi, a super hero who is compelled to take on Angusamy (Narain), who runs a kung fu school.

    He is a baddie involved in killing people and looting jewels. Now it is fight between Angusamy and Lee. It’s Jiiva’s special. With a toned physique and expressive eyes, he delivers t with a punch. As super hero, he delivers it well. Narain chips in with his best. Welcome addition to the list of cute villains. Pooja Hegde has no major role. while Nasser and Selvah does a good show.

    Myskin’s different and unique attempts should go down well with the masses. K ‘s tunes and background score are attractive. Mugamoodi, produced by UTV, is nice and spicy.

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