Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam is a 2016 Tamil romantic drama film directed by Gitanjali Selvaraghavan and written by her husband Selvaraghavan. Featuring newcomers Balakrishna Kola and Wamiqa Gabbi. The film is produced by Kola Bhaskar and has music composed by Amrit. Having had several false starts since 2006, the film released on 1 January 2016 to positive reviews. The film was dubbed and released in Telugu as Nannu Vadili Neevu Polevule.
- Status Released
- Release date 01 Jan 2016
- Running time 2h 3m
- Genres Drama, Romance
The movie opens with Manoja (Wamiqa Gabbi) suffering from insomnia. Her ex-boyfriend Tarun (Sharran Kumar) tries to propose to her, after wishing her on her birthday. She genuinely refused his proposal. She moves to her room and looks in her photo gallery, where she sees the birthday celebration pictures when she had celebrated with her husband.
The plot moves a few years before, where Manoja has been refused by her boyfriend Tarun. Her reason for rejecting the relationship is because she has not dated him close enough and his thoughts are primarily about sex. Later, he reveals that he is moving away from her and has a crush on Reshma.
On the other side, Prabhu (Balakrishna Kola) lives with his parents. His parents were trying to get him married due to his lazy appearance, but he is rejected. Manoja's mother (Kalyani Natarajan), who is suffering from cancer, compels Manoja, and she agrees to get married.
After Prabhu and Manoja get married, Prabhu tries to impress Manoja but fails. One day, Prabhu takes Manoja to a restaurant, where he meets Manoja's ex-boyfriend, causing him to suspect Manoja as to whether she had a sexual relationship with her ex-boyfriend, and he argues with Manoja. After he realises Manoja's disciplined character, he apologizes. Manoja too apologizes, and both of them start dating as friends.
After three years passed, when Prabhu and Manoja are about to celebrate their second wedding anniversary, Prabhu invites his friends to their celebration. His friends refuse to come and give him an idea to trick Manoja into bed with him. Prabhu tries this out and gets her drunk. He tries to seduce her when dancing, but when this fails and Manoja refuses, Prabhu forcibly rapes her. After the ordeal, Manoja attempts suicide by slashing her wrist multiple times. The now sober Prabhu admits her to a hospital.
After the recovery, Manoja applies for a divorce, and they start living separately, but Prabhu is still in love with Manoja. Now, the plot moves to the present, where four years have passed. Prabhu meets Manoja again. She calls Tarun again and requests him to propose to her. Tarun wants to have sex first, so he takes Manoja to Munnar. Prabhu and his Facebook friend Kamini (Parvathy Nair) also move to the same place where he tries to confess his love to Manoja.
Manoja refuses to have sex with Tarun and gets thrown out. Prabhu tries to convince her of his love, to which Manoja replies that she too loves Prabhu but hates him because he raped her. Prabhu gives a knife to Manoja asking her to kill him, to which Manoja refuses. At last, Prabhu rips himself with the knife, hoping to satisfy Manoja. Manoja starts crying thinking Prabhu to be dead, but she hears his heartbeat and takes him to the hospital, where Prabhu then recovers. Manoja and Prabhu start living together happily. The film ends with a tagline "A true love is made up in heaven".
In a post-credits scene, Manoja cooks food for Prabhu. Although the food tastes bad, Prabhu asks Manoja to bring some more. After Manoja moves to the kitchen, Prabhu laments to the audience as to how he can eat such bad food all his life.
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