“Maayavan”… Producer CV Kumar debuts as director in a sci-fi tale that needed better… direction

Posted on December 14, 2017


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/maayavan-movie-review

The year is 2037. The song on the radio — or whatever people are listening to then — is Keladi kanmani. This is the opening stretch of producer-turned-director CV Kumar’s Maayavan (Sorcerer), whose theme is immortality — and how fitting to begin with the notion that Ilayaraja’s music is ageless.

In another sense, too, the song is suggestive. It was originally sung by a man being slowly eroded in a corrosive relationship — and we move to a film about a man who’s decided he doesn’t need any relationships. He’s wedded to the idea of himself across time. Who is this man? That’s the movie, which is equally dismissive of conventional couplehood. No dream duets for Kumaran (the cop played by Sundeep Kishan) and Ramya (the psychiatrist played by Lavanya Tripathi). Why dream when the brain can be used much more interestingly?

Continued at the link above.

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