Oru Mugathirai (English: A mask) is a 2017 Indian Tamil drama film written and directed by R. Senthil Nadan. Featuring Rahman, Suresh and Aditi Gururaj in the lead roles, the film’s score and soundtrack is composed by Prem Kumar. The film began production during July 2015 and was released on 17 March 2017.
Oru Mugathirai wants to be a twisted thriller about a psychologist who has become a psychopath and his battle of wits with a rookie — a psychology student, whom he has the hots for.
Rahman plays this psychologist, Sathyamoorthi Rathnavel (Rahman), who is a leading light in his field. He spends a week teaching students at a college in Coimbatore. This is where Kanmani is studying. Interestingly, Sathyamoorthi has been chatting with Kanmani (Aditi) as Rohith, and his online avatar convinces her to come to Chennai so that she can earn money to go to the UK for higher studies. But when the girl lands in Chennai, she is unable reach Rohith and Sathyamoorthi, as his actual self, offers to accommodate her. What happens when Kanmani discovers the real identity of Sathyamoorthi?
For a film whose plot is about the cat-and-mouse between a hunter and his prey, Oru Mugathirai wastes too much time with the set-up (a parallel track involving Arjun, a man jilted by his colleague-lover, Maya is a test of the audience’s patience levels), and by the time the director gets to the non-twist and reveals that Sathyamoorthi is Rohith, we have lost all interest. The film starts resembling something like a thriller only after Kanmani discovers Sathyamoorthi’s game plan, but even here, the theatrical nature of the performances, and the clumsy filmmaking drains the tension from the scenes. And you can only sympathise with Rahman, whose career seemed to have taken an upturn with Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru. For now, that film’s success has resulted in two of his sub-standard previous outings getting a release and taking things back to square one.
Directed by R. Senthil Nadan
Produced by R. Selvam & L. D. Saravanan
Starring Rahman, Suresh, Aditi Gururaj, Delhi Ganesh
Music by Premkumar Sivaperuman
Edited by S. P. Ahmed
Production Shree Sai Vignesh Studios
Release date 17 March 2017