In today’s era where adiwira films are ruling the box office as well as the most commercial genre, Tamil filmmaker Basil Joseph brings a fresh touch and originality to present adiwira desi (Hindi for self-made) films through Minnal Murali. As with most films that carry other non-Hollywood-like genres (not to mention adiwira films such as Gundala, ed.), Joseph uses the local cultural context as the root of his storytelling.
Of course, this aspect makes Minnal Murali feel like he doesn’t have a spectacular setting or the high level of popularity of other foreign superhero films. However, with his expertise, Joseph was able to minimize his weakness with his desi touch.
It is said, Jaison (Tovino Thomas) is a tailor who is now continuing his family business, guarding his father’s shop. He has dreams of going to America. Jaison has a crush named Bincy (Sheha Babu), but the relationship is opposed by Bincy’s father who is a police officer and ensures that the two cannot meet again. Meanwhile Bincy is also no longer interested in Jaison, because she has been betrothed to a much richer man, Aneesh (Jude Anthany Joseph).
Until one day, two lightning strikes Jaison and a tea shop waitress named Shibu (Guru Somasundaram). Despite being hit badly, both Jaison and Shibu managed to miraculously survive, unharmed except for a slight cough and fever. However, the two begin to find that the side effects of it are far beyond their expectations, as they each now have superpowers.
Starting from here, begins a series of events that will tie these two people in a knot of destiny. Because, these two superhumans stand in different camps, which makes it inevitable for them to face each other.
For the personal writer Minnal Murali, the presentation is like a mix between Unbreakable and Chronicle. It feels right that Basil Joseph referenced many popular superhero films in his direction. So, it seems here that there is no need to highlight in depth the references to any of the adiwira films that he includes. After all, for those who like similar films, they can easily relate the similarities themselves, right? However, according to his personal opinion, the filmmaker managed to breathe a breath of fresh air that made Minnal Murali a superhero film that is able to stand on its own.
A bit against the stereotypical plot of the adiwira film formula in general, Minnal Murali doesn’t just focus on the main protagonist. The reason is, Joseph also provides a fairly balanced portion that is needed for the characterization of the antagonist figure.
The story line of two characters runs simultaneously to connect with each other. Shibu’s background is quite touching and sympathetic which makes his actions close to the stage understandable.
The dish itself is quite complex. The elements of the bitter drama of life, the joys and sorrows of love, superhero action, and comedy can be combined in a balanced portion to make this almost 3 hour long presentation not boring.
Typical of other Hindi films, in terms of storyline, Minnal Murali actually has a fairly slow pace. However, the portion of the action scenes, especially the climax, is quite satisfying. Moreover, the performance of the players is able to bring their roles to life to bring all the nuances of these complex characters to life.
It is necessary to inform yourself, for the realm of Hindi films, before Minnal Murali there have been several attempts to explore the Adiwira genre before. From the Krrish saga to Ra-One. However, when compared to the two titles which incidentally have a formula that is closer to the stereotypes of Hollywood superstar films, namely a grander setting and a larger production budget, Minnal Murali has more of the true essence of its local cultural context, which makes it feel more authentic. the original of its two predecessors. For Adiwira movie fans who want to watch a different dish, Minnal Murali is an interesting choice.
Minnal Murali can be streamed on Netflix