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Mei’ movie review: A topical subject watered down by lacklustre filmmaking

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A medical thriller about organ trafficking that feels a little outdated

It’s late at night. A girl waits at a bus stop for Uber. The cab driver ditches her, prompting her to take an auto rickshaw. As you may have guessed, she goes missing setting off the events in Mei. The following morning, an NRI medical surgeon Abhinav Chandran (Nicky Sundaram who’s making his debut) arrives in Chennai, to overcome the death of a loved one. On his way from the airport, he chances upon Uthra (Aishwarya Rajesh, before interesting scripts came her way) tending to a diabetic patient on the road. The duo takes him to a nearby hospital (why do clinics invariably have a poster of babies saying: ‘Shush!’?). In Tamil cinema’s universe, this means: booming romance, followed by a cutesy romantic song.

Mei
  • Cast: Nicky Sundaram, Aishwarya Rajesh, Kishore, Ajay Gosh and Charlie
  • Director: SA Baskaran
  • Storyline: An NRI surgeon and a medical representative solve the mystery over a missing case. When they dig deeper, they unravel the ugly side of organ trade

As the title suggests, Mei is about finding the truth behind The Curious Case of A Missing Girl. But it’s a weakly-scripted movie that doesn’t quite take off. It does help that Nicky Sundaram has been cast as an Indian-American. Or else, how will you justify his distracting lip-sync? The director (story and dialogues are by Sentha Murugesan) has embraced the actor’s inability in his favour. He cross-cuts Nicky’s scenes with close-up of other actors. But these are minor issues that can be overlooked, given it’s sleek running time which is under 120 minutes. Mei takes up a relevant social issue and makes it up for its generic first half.

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