Men, Music & Mridangam
Sarvam Thaala Mayam
When Rajiv Menon, after 18 long years, announced that he would make a comeback to directon with ‘Sarvam Thala Mayam’, many were happy. But, some were apprehensive as to whether the ‘Minsara Kanavu’ maker could pull it off since things have changed.
However, Rajiv Menon has proved his critics wrong, for the ‘Kandukonden Kandukonden’ man has come up with yet another feel-good musical story with a positive message, that would strike a chord with the present-day audience.
Peter (G V Prakash Kumar) is the son of Johnson (Kumaravel), who is a mridangam maker. Peter dreams of becoming a maestro in mridangam. For that, he wants to learn the art from veteran Vembu Iyer (Nedumudi Venu).
Vembu Iyer, a stickler for traditions, is initially not ready to allow Peter, who hails from the lower strata of the society, to learn mridangam. He is not ready to believe that Peter is so serious about his passion.
However, as days pass by, Peter makes his ‘guru’ understand his passion and skills. Even as Vembu Iyer comes forward to accept Peter as his ‘sishya’, hurdles come in the form of Mani (Vineeth), Vembu’s disciple and assistant.
With Mani doing all things to ruin the lives and reputation of Vembu Iyer and Peter, how the guru and sishya emerge triumphant from all hurdles forms the crux of Sarvam Thaala Mayam.
Hereafter, critics would not urge G V Prakash Kumar to improve his acting skills. For, he has delivered a commendable performance. Aparna Balamurali is apt find for her role, while Vineeth makes a deserving comeback.
But it’s Nedumudi Venu who stays in our heart for a longtime and he may receive some coveted awards for his performance in ‘Sarvam Thaala Mayam’.
Music by Oscar-Grammy winnner A R Rahman, who is GVP’s maternal uncle, is the heart of the movie, while its soul is beautiful visuals by cinematographer Ravi Yadav. Since Rajiv Menon himself is a cameraman, he has done the right thing by entrusting the task to Ravi.
Though there are few flaws- like a forced romance track and a cross-country journey, ‘Sarvam Thaala Mayam’ gives a positive feel and conveys an important message against casteism without getting preachy anywhere.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5