Directed by Kartik Swaminathan, “Mugij” is filled with warmth and is exclusively for all dog lovers and their companions that you usually spot on the beach on Sunday mornings.
They say that there is no love purer than a dog. This is the belief that Mugij, an hour-long short film starring Vijay Setupati, Regina Kassandra and Shrija Vijay Setupati, mostly signed. But unlike your usual children’s films, where the animal is either used as a props, or unnecessarily included in the film to emphasize the melodrama, everything is in Mugij so gentle that it makes you overlook the simplicity of his story. Its softness can perhaps be attributed to the fact that the short is more like a family rummaging through the old photographs and memories that pop up than the trappings of a film.
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And this is done with great precision so as not to look like a giant ball of pretense. First, it helps that at the center of the short is a cute little puppy, Scooby, who is the real “star” of the film. But it’s not just Scooby. Again, unlike your usual children’s films, Kartik Swaminathan is not dealing with a love film; this is the opposite end of the spectrum: grief.
Scooby’s unhappy death put the family in a quandary. In an interview with Hinducomposer Rivaa said that mugizh, the name, means one of the nine stages of flowering of a flower, when it finally takes on its scent. Flower in Mugij this is Kavya (Srija Vijay Sethupati). It is she who owns the film; it’s about how she came to terms with love and grief. Love, because she does not like dogs and cannot stand her father Vijay (Setupati) making friends with an animal. She discovers what true love can mean when her father brings home a Scooby puppy.
Though Mugij it’s a cute movie, I wish Kartik had found another interesting way to fake a dog’s death, although it makes logical sense of how the scene is played out. Likewise, I wanted him to find another way to write the resolution that Kavya would eventually get. I understand the limitations of the format, but it was too easy. But in the short, Kartik does something brilliant.
There is a fantastic scene in which the parents, Vijay Setupati and Regina (do the filmmakers notice her? how is she good?), give Cavier a seat in the back seat so that she can live and swallow the emotions of grief. We also receive a fantastic phrase from Setupati: “Let her be alone, but we will keep the door open. It will come out. ” It’s as if the father said, “I know that she is suffering, and I know that we are ready to help her, but in the end it is her travel. Only she can get out of this. “
It’s not the scriptwriter’s job to recommend what you should or shouldn’t watch. And this is definitely not a plea. But if you want to invite your children to the cinema so that they smile all the time, as it was with me, Mugij this is a strong proposition. Also, with social media etiquette, can we “normalize” making more films of shorter duration by focusing on just one aspect of life, such as Mugij? Perhaps this also explains the need for more Vijaya Sethupati.
Mugij now plays in cinemas