There is no guarantee that a big budget film will do well at the box-office nor would a small budget film fizzle without any trace. Irrespective of the scale of the film in which it is made, the important factor that captivates the viewers is the flow at which the movie transverses from start to finish. Director Narayan Nagendra Rao’s “Maalai Pozhuthin Mayakathile” is a small budget film which promises much but in the end falls flat without any trace.

The film promises much for the reason that the entire story happens on a rainy evening in a coffee shop. The number of characters who carry the film through aren’t many which leaves them ample scope to perform and awe the audience. For a change, this is a commercial film without any stunts or the unwanted masala comedy but in spite of all this the final product is disappointing.

Ajay (Aari) happens to be an aspiring film maker walks into a coffee shop on a rainy evening where he gets to meet the leading lady of the film Jiya (Subha). Ajay gets bowled over by Jiya’s beauty. On the other hand there is Sathish (Balaji) who walks in with his wife Ramya (Tejaswini) the issue being that their marriage is on the verge of collapse as they head for divorce.

There is the manager (Played by Subbu Panchu) sorting issues over his business and there is a witness to all this drama in a writer (Played by R S Sivaji). The crux of the storyline is that at the end of their coffee, everyone has their differences sorted out and walks out with a happy frame of mind. The same frame of mind is what director Nagendra Rao expects from his viewers at the end of the film which unfortunately is not the case.

The thin story line was like skating on thin ice which needed finesse and skill in the form of an apt screenplay and brilliant acting. When it comes to screenplay, there are lot of scenes which drags the film instead of moving it at a brisk pace. The other major disappointment is the acting from all the actors as none of them have given a steady performance throughout. The acting might be brilliant in bits and pieces but overall it is a disappointment.

“Maalai Pozhuthin Mayakathile” has a running time of close to 120 minutes but the lackluster treatment given to it by its writers could have been avoided. Overall, a different attempt in Tamil cinema goes waste and this film is sure to tank at the box-office.

Overall, a mediocre attempt which can be given a miss at the theatres.

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Maalai Pozhuthin Mayakathiley Movie Review, 1.7 out of 5 based on 3 ratings