Back in 1978, three girls sneak out of their hostel to go watch a movie Aval Appadithaan, while debating whether if it is a Rajini or a Kamal's film. Rigth after that scene we are brought back to the present. Urvashi, who lost her husband recently, will be living with her son and as he leaves to Qatar for business, in the mean time his fiancee Jyothika will move in with her future mother-in-law.
Their relationship borders more on the line of friendship more than in-laws. Jyothika, who is a documentary filmmaker, spends her time recording the struggles most of the housewives go through on a daily basis. As one day Urvashi opens up about her long lost college friends; Bhanupriya and Saranya, Jyothika finds it intriguing, that Urvashi still talks fondly about them and in an attempt to make her feel happy she tries to trace down her friends.
Bhanupriya will be living in Agra, with her husband Nasser, who is a politician, and Saranya spends her days in a loveless marriage with Livingston and his mother. After Jyothika successfully tracks them down, plans a reunion for the three of them, after 38 years, and convinces them to go on a three day trip. The rest of the plot revolves around self discovery, refreshing of memories, and whether the husbands and families of the women realise the importance of their wives.
This is a simple filmi and a feel good movie. Like the title the film only focuses on women, mainly housewives, and how their dreams and wishes are surpassed, and are either treated like servants or emotionally neglected by their husbands and in-laws family.
All the characters has delivered an impactful performance. Making us wonder why the filmmakers do not use these veteran talented actors. Jyothika is said to be the protagonist for the movie, but she plays a less prominent role. Yet she has performed well, like a lively and a cool documentarist, though at times it gets a little over the top. Both Urvashi and Bhanupriya's acting is on point. They have perfectly conveyed their feelings; be it pain or happiness, and their acting makes the audiences move along with them. Where as Saranya, as usual has done a wonderful job. As this is a ladies only film, a lot of importance are not given for the other male characters. Still, Veteran Livingston, Nasser, and Pavel Navageethan has pulled of their roles amazingly.
Director Bramma has written Magalir Mattum in a totally different and a beautiful way. If his award winning Kuttram Kadithal film has made in a serious tone, then Magalir Mattum has a dreamy and a colourful backdrop. He has made sure that every women out there will find a way to relate to one of the three veteran women actors. Ghibran has scored the music and his songs and the background music blends in effortlessly. Manikandan's cinematography skills come to the fore and he has shot well.
In short, Magalir Mattum, will make you feel good.