The year 2012 will perhaps bring some cheer for parents of prospective brides and grooms. Instead of looking out for alliances, fixing the marriage venue, catering, gifts, rituals etc., they can simply allow their modern and forward-thinking, yet perpetually ‘persecuted’ children to connect with and romance each other on Facebook before getting hitched.
Never mind reports surfacing from Sringeri that parents there are now wary of getting their children even growing close to those active on the hugely popular social networking website.
After all, the parties in a marriage are mature enough to bow to their dear parents’ wishes and tie the knot, sacrificing their loves–only to divorce in double-quick time and reunite with their soulmates. If the parents’ and relations’ pockets and hearts are burnt, then so be it.
Munjane deals with the fast-turning-stale trend in society but doesn’t rise beyond a clean, sterilised fare. Not another Engeyum Eppodum, Munjane borrows ideas freely from other films too like Jayam, 180 etc.
Narayan gets his casting right. It is refreshing to see Rajendra Karant, the actor than Karant, the comedian. Still, his emotions and expressions do not linger, just like with the others, excepting the lead pair. Malavika, of nearly the same age as Ganesh, is miscast as his mother but emotes very well. Ditto her ‘husband’ and Manjari’s onscreen mother. The ‘comedy’ scenes involving veteran actress Lakshmidevi and Narayan himself might, at their best, evoke a tired chuckle.
Some may not find their dream girl in a calm, poised and intelligent-looking Manjari. Both the leads are presented well in the director’s pet way – full of CGI which is just below impressive. Also, in these Facebook days, it is hard to find a girl, even if she hails from a remote area, looking down only at her husband’s feet and not his face, to preserve the purity of her love !
The director’s intentions are good, but he has been unable to translate them well onscreen. Narayan’s call to “Just feel it” is inappropriate as the “feel” never appears in the film!