Director: Rajiv Menon
Music: AR Rahman
Music is the personification of an ocean – tranquil, endless yet strong and resolute. Director Rajiv Menon beautifully captures these emotions in his movie Sarvam Thaala Mayam. GV Prakash as Peter is his musical self – much like a born musician. Aparna Balamurali as Sara plays the support system one needs in life and Nedumudi Venu as Vembu Iyer is the guru everyone yearns for these days. However, AR Rahman’s music and Rajiv Menon’s direction merges so well that the film feels so complete that it requires nothing more.
An ardent fan of Thalapathy Vijay, Peter Johnson (GV Prakash), the son of a talented Mridhangam maker Johnson is ruthless and has pretty much no ambition in life. However, Johnson’s Mridhangam finds a loyal fan and customer in Vembu Iyer, one of the most famous Mridhangam experts in the Carnatic music field.
While delivering a Mridhangam to Vembu Iyer, Peter undergoes his “love at first sight” moment upon witnessing the Mridhangam expert’s talent in person. Peter’s love for music then grows and breaks all the caste barriers wherein he manages to become Vembu’s favourite student. The turn of events in Peter’s life urges him to travel and learn different kinds of music in every way possible because music is an ocean and there is no end to it.
The Journey of Peter leaves the audience awestruck and one needn’t know the kith and kin of music to comprehend the film. There are moments that might leave you effusive in a beautiful way. The journey of finding music seems to be large for Peter but the cinematography is larger than life – visuals added to the impeccable music. Yes, it does take time to settle into the actual story-line but that is the beauty of it.
Although there are a lot of expectations from the climax, the emotions that are brought out makes it all the more necessary, almost a rarity in most films these days. Overall, despite the lags in the beginning and in the end, the core of the movie stands tall – music, in any form, is the most beautiful gift given to mankind.
Verdict: Watch it once and another five times or more just for the love of music.