Sarvam Thaala Mayam Review
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Sarvam Thaala Mayam Review
Sarvam Thaala Mayam is a delightful watch – a pleasant musical movie with a strong message. The beauty lies in the making and the entire crew has done justice to the script!
Rajiv Menon who is well known for cinematography, direction and ad-film making was on a break! After 18 years he has delivered Sarvam Thaala Mayam and the movie is such a delight.
The film portrays the egos, caste related differences, and how the mainstream is so closed – yet, this is not done by pointing fingers at anyone (even though it is obvious).
We must appreciate Rajiv for selection of the cast. Each role is beautifully written by Rajiv and aptly brought to life on screen by the cast.
Peter Johnson (G. V. Prakash) is from a Dalit family. He is interested in drums, and portrayed as a die hard Vijay fan.
His father Johnson, though a recipient of Kalaimaamani, makes Mridangams for money.
Once when Peter has to deliver a replacement Mridangam he gets to see the legendary Mridangam artiste Vembu Iyer (Nedumudi Venu) perform.
He gets mesmerised and wants to become a Mridangam player. His dream is not really well received by family and situations.
His father asks him not to day dream and tells him that the doors will always be shut. His mother just wants him to focus on studies.
Peter pursues and ends up in the residence of Vembu Iyer for a chance, and he gets insulted by Vembu Iyer’s senior disciple Mani (Vineeth).
Mani asks Peter to join a government run music college. Nevertheless, Peter is persistent and manages to win Vembu Iyer’s attention.
After a while, due to circumstances, he leaves and begins to travel, exploring different kinds of music and learning many things.
GV Prakash shines in the role of a boy next door, who is innocent, persistent and bubbly.
Nedumudi aptly fits in the role of Vembu Iyer and his emotions are just perfect for the role – not more not less.
Aparna Balamurali plays Peter’s girlfriend and probably this is the only character that’s underwritten in the movie. Nevertheless, Aparna fits neatly in the role.
The beauty of the movie lies in how the characters are flawed and realistic. There is no white or black with any of the characters – all are gray. And we, the audience, are to decide what’s what.
A. R Rahman has done magic with his subtle scores and his music aptly fits the mood of the musical movie.
Cinematography by Ravi Yadav is just perfect. There are no over the top technical shots or effects – just the reality captured and delivered as it is.
The movie’s runtime is quite crisp and we must appreciate editing by Anthony for the same. His cuts are not jarring and helps the movie flow easily.
The movie does lag a bit in the second half and also gets somewhat unrealistic for a short while. But then, it is a very small flaw that we can comfortably ignore.
Overall, Sarvam Thaala Mayam is a delightful watch – a pleasant musical movie with a strong message. The beauty lies in the making and the entire crew has done justice to the script!