First Take: Yaaradi Nee Mohini (Tamil)
The Dhanush – Nayantara starer Yaradi Nee Mohini got released in theatres last week. We’ve seen it all! There’s nothing new – just a re-telling of a formulaic love story. You can’t tell a story without romance in it. Yaradi Nee Mohini is yet another boy-meets-girl story. Just like any other movie it is
- a dark boy meeting a fair girl
- a non-english speaking boy meeting a english speaking girl
- a rural boy meeting a urban girl
Just perfect, to be a “smokescreen” – presenting unrealistic dreams and desires to young people and clouding their vision. Yaradi Nee Mohini tells the story of the hero’s struggle with his father, with his circumstance and with his dreams. Stories of the “underdog” succeeding somehow wins our hearts and minds. It is stories like these that (s)tick. Is there something we need to (or can) learn from this?
Young people are looking for significance. They are looking for security in a globalizing world that increasingly marginalizes certain groups of people. Young people are in the look out for meaning in the midst of an assault on value, personhood, meaning and imagination. Can we help them find a lasting solution?
To me, Yaradi Nee Mohini does more damage to youth psyche than help young people find solutions for their philsophical, social and existential questions.
“It is a typical ‘Mills and Boons’ type of romance” – India Glitz
Banner: R.K. Productions PVT. LTD.
Cast: Dhanush, Nayantara, Raguvaran, Karthick, Karunas, Mano Bala, Viswanathan
Direction: Mithran R. Jawahar
Production: Dr. K. Vimalageetha
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja