Grandma's Tales

March 6, 2007

Why you should watch “Mozhi” – 2

Filed under: Consumer caution,Movie,Society — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 8:50 am

With comments from two readers, I thought I had said all that was to be said about Mozhi. Not true.
Yesterday, I dragged my husband to watch “Mozhi”, telling him that he should know what kind of work the wife’s involved in – the philosophy behind Ability Foundation’s work. And he wouldn’t be wasting his time, since this was a comedy that he would enjoy (the G-gap here again!).
This second time around I absolutely need to add this – Prithviraj (Karthick)’s is an extra-ordinary performance. Did you notice, he is the only guy with different shades of dimensions to his character. He is the high-school kid trying to impress his love (I thought his running was authentic), shyly admitting failure; a responsible young man refusing to drink; a mature adult who understands the Professor’s state of denial and willing to stick out his neck to do something about it; one who is willing to admit he’s made a mistake but ready to stand up for what he believes in; one who doesn’t think he’s perfect, but is ready to take on responsibilities. Someone who’s willing to learn (the scene where he ventures out with ears blocked). A fun-loving kid steered by mature, clued-in thinking.
Radhamohan’s message here is as important as the message about what people with disabilities want. You needn’t be any special person bordering on the divine to empathise with disabled persons. You could be any kid on a college/company bus, doing a job you love, hanging around with friends. All you need is an open mind. To see things without prejudice.
I thought Prithviraj managed to bring out this message very well. So all you guys out there – accept this lovely compliment RM is throwing at you. If my guess is right, that’s what RM is saying here – today’s kids may look like wasters, but they have their heads and hearts in the right place!
Having said that, you kids, will you please keep your comments to yourselves when others are watching the movie? They paid the price of the ticket too! If you have a right (no, you don’t) to make loud comments during the show, the others have a right to watch the movie without wisecracks from the audience, however clever they may sound to you.
And the adults, please help to keep the place clean. Aunty, do you always throw food debris on the floor around where you eat at home? How could you sit there in the middle of self-generated filth for a full two hours while watching what was an enjoyable show?
Once again, my theory: our education lets us down very badly- whether we get it from home or from school.
I had to cross a garbage dump to get out of the hall in Stree where I watched the movie. Sad.


  1. ** Aunty, do you always throw food debris on the floor around where you eat at home?

    the ironic thing about this is that these very same people are remarkably conscious when they are in places such as singapore or similar place abroad … but they are reluctant to do it in their own home town 😦

    Comment by SamY — March 7, 2007 @ 10:54 am | Reply

  2. Hi SamY, thanks for stopping by. So what you’re saying is: impose a fine for littering public places, target the wallet, do it across the board, an unbiased job – and heh, heh, include the policemen in the fine (pun intended) net! Bingo! Do you think a prominent board saying, “Do not litter. Litterers will be asked to sweep the floor” will help?
    Today, a New York court sentenced Naomi Campbell (super model) to community service (which means sweeping parks and mopping floors and stuff)for throwing her mobile at her housekeeper!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — March 7, 2007 @ 8:44 pm | Reply

  3. I’m dying to see this movie. Any idea if it’ll be shown in Kerala soon.

    Comment by Paresh — March 8, 2007 @ 1:06 am | Reply

  4. Hi Paresh, will ask RM and let you know. I heard they are planning to bring it out in DVD format before the pirates jump into the act. Do you speak Tamil? You’ll enjoy the one-liners more. But that’s not essential to appreciating the movie. Sign language, or as Jo says, the language of silence, is universal, right?

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — March 8, 2007 @ 8:46 am | Reply

  5. Tamil Kunjam Kunjam Therium – Kavala Peda De – Poi Solila – Nijama. Can understand if someone is speaking. 🙂

    Comment by Paresh — March 8, 2007 @ 10:34 am | Reply

  6. Wow! Will pass! Will be careful not to speak Tamil if you’re around.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — March 8, 2007 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

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