Mayakkam Enna (Eng: What is this illusion?) is a 2011 Indian Tamil musical drama film written and directed by Selvaraghavan and produced by Gemini Film Circuit in association with Aum Productions Selvaraghavan its own banner. It stars his brother Dhanush, along with newcomer Richa Gangopadhyay, and features music scored by G. V. Prakash Kumar while the cinematography was handled by Ramji. Mayakkam Enna depicts the story of an aspiring wildlife photographer and his struggles in life. The film, produced and distributed by Gemini Film Circuit, was released on 25 November 2011. The film was also dubbed and released in Telugu as Mr.Karthik.
Karthik Swaminathan (Dhanush), referred to as ‘Genius’ by his friends, is a freelance photographer who aspires to become a wildlife photographer like Madhesh Krishnasamy (Raviprakash). His friends Sunder Ramesh (Sunder Ramu), Shankar (Mathivanan Rajendran), Padmini (Pooja Devariya), and Vindhya (Shilpi Kiran) support him and his sister after the death of their parents.
One day, Sunder introduces Yamini (Richa Gangopadhyay) as his girlfriend to Karthik and his friends. On their first meeting, Karthik and Yamini have a bitter experience but slowly develop a special bond. Karthik tries to stay away from Yamini since he does not want to break his friend’s heart, but a sequence of events brings them closer. Eventually, Sunder’s father arranges for Karthik and Yamini to be married.
After their wedding, Karthik learns that Madhesh had used a photograph that he had taken to win a national award. After this incident, he turns into a physically abusive alcoholic, and people start doubting his sanity and his mental health is somewhat affected. Yamini supports him, hoping that he will succeed one day. Days later when the residents of Karthik’s house berate Karthik behind his back in front of Yamini, she gets really angry and defensive and supports her husband. After watching TV where he sees Madhesh win an award for his photo, Karthik starts breaking stuff around the house and accidentally pushes Yamini in a fit of rage. This leads to Yamini’s miscarriage. Yamini returns a few days later from the hospital and stops talking to Karthik entirely. This makes Karthik come to terms with reality, and he mends his ways. He finally gets a break and becomes a professional wildlife photographer, and one of his photographs gets nominated for an International Photography Award, which he wins. On this occasion, Karthik thanks everyone for their support and Yamini for her faith in him and declares his love for her. Yamini finally relents and talks to Karthik as the film ends.
Directed by Selvaraghavan
Written by Selvaraghavan
Produced by Dineshkumar, Easwaramoorthy, Manohar Prasad, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Selvaraghavan
Starring Dhanush, Richa Gangopadhyay
Edited by Kola Bhaskar
Music by G. V. Prakash Kumar
Production Aum Productions
Distributed by Gemini Film Circuit
Release date 25 November 2011
Running time 151 minutes