Kaatrin Mozhi Review: Jyotika delivers a charming act
Director Radha Mohan‘s second release of this year, after his emotional-drama 60 Vayadhu Maaniram is Kaatrin Mozhi. The director teams up with Jyotika after their 2007 film Mozhi. Kaatrin Mozhi is the remake of the 2017, Hindi film Tumhari Sulu which starred Vidya Balan in the lead. Just like the original film, Kaatrin Mozhi too retains the character of a simple yet ambitious homemaker, Viji (played by Jyotika), the driving force of the film. However, unlike Tumhari Sulu which had texture and charm, Kaatrin Mozhi looks a tad bit melodramatic. Despite this, the film manages to hit the right emotional chords, infuse nativity – making sure that for some, this may will work as a stand-alone film.
Kaatrin Mozhi tells the story of Vijayalakshmi a homemaker, who lands an opportunity to become an RJ. The only catch? Dealing with her unsupportive family.
Ever since her ‘comeback’ in 2015, Jyotika has been signing films that revolve completely around women. Kaatrin Mozhi too is no different. Here she plays Viji, a free-spirited woman, who doesn’t have any shame in saying that she’s failed in 12th standard. She is a woman who is often criticized by her twin sisters and her father for her choices. Even then, she exudes a strong, undefeated level of optimism. During the time when her husband doesn’t support her, Viji doesn’t let it affect her attitude.
Director Radha Mohan’s decision to include new and original scenes in the film may not strike a chord with those who have watched the original. For instance, take the list of people who call Viji on her talk show: This includes jokes based on physical appearance for Yogi Babu, a man who works in a lingerie shop, says that every time he looks at her woman he begins to look at only her chest. Sounds like these people need medical help instead of consulting an RJ.
The original film also had so much life and texture to it. The perfect example of that is the relationship the film’s lead pair shared. The husband played her personal cheerleader and yet brought out his anger when he heard his wife speak to men on her talk-show. This very characterization seems to be missing in the film. Although Vidaarth does play his role quite well, his relationship with his on-screen wife doesn’t warm our hearts. It makes us hate Balu (Vidaarth) a little. We strive for Viji to win! However, I think the reason for doing so is to understand the male ego and pride. Partially, it makes us questions Babu’s attitude. I wish the film explored some calm equation with his wife.
In terms of the performances Neelakandan (MS Baskar), Moorthy (Manobala), Saroja Mami (Uma Iyer) fit their roles well. Actor Kumaravel plays the role of the activist/poet effortlessly. Lakshmi Manchu, who plays Maria plays the perfect role as the likable boss, with a nice accent of speaking in English. But the film belongs to Jyotika, who takes the film on her shoulder. She is enthusiastic, charming and brings a lovely performance in the emotional scenes.