Mayakkam Enna (English: What is this hypnotism?) is a 2011 Tamil romantic drama film written directed by Selvaraghavan. 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 received generally positive reviews from critics and danush\'s performances has been praised well.
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 close friends Sundar (Sunder Ramu), Shankar (Mathivanan Rajendran), Padmini (Pooja Balu) and Vindhya (Shilpi Kiran) support him and his sister after the death of their parents. One day, Sundar introduces Yamini (Richa Gangopadhyay) as his girlfriend to Karthik and his friends. On their first meeting, Karthik and Yamini have a bitter experience but they slowly develop a special bond. Karthik tries to stay away from the girl since he does not want to break his friend\'s heart, but a sequence of events brings them closer. Eventually, Sunder\'s dad arranges for Karthik and Yamini to be married.
After their wedding, Karthik learns that Madhesh had used a photograph that Karthik had taken to win a national award. After this incident he turns into an alcoholic and people start doubting his sanity. But Yamini does not give up on him and supports him hoping that he\'ll succeed one day. One day, Karthik\'s drunken fit leads to Yamini\'s miscarriage after which she stops talking to him. This makes him 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 finally wins. On this occasion, Karthik thanks his friends Sundar and others for their support and Yamini for her faith in him and reveals his love for her. Yamini finally relents and talks to Karthik as the film ends.
After his Aayirathil Oruvan starring Karthik Sivakumar and Andrea Jeremiah ran into trouble after the latter had pulled out of the film, citing differences with the director, Selvaraghavan began a new film featuring Dhanush and Richa Gangopadhyay, who had initially been signed to do another film with the director. Richa began shooting for the film in Kannur in May 2011, and the film was wrapped up within three months. The title was finally changed to Mayakkam Enna in August 2011, with reports suggesting that Dhanush would sport four different looks in the film. Selvaraghavan has since made it clear that the film has a totally different script from the film that had been shelved.
It was said that Dhanush would be seen in various stages, as a boy just out of his teenage to an old man. Yuvan Shankar Raja replaced Prakash Kumar as music composer in the film, with the latter reporting it was due to \"money and time issues\". However, in a sensational turn, Prakash Kumar was assigned again as composer after Yuvan Shankar Raja moved out of the project as he was busy with other commitments and could not give priority to Selvaraghavan, who was in rush to complete the film and move over to his next project, Vishwaroopam. On 24 May 2011, it was announced that Selvaraghavan was ousted from the project. Television actress Deepa Venkat dubbed the voice of the female lead.
Mayakkam enna had a good opening at the domestic box office, collecting (INR14.15 crore (US$2.2 million) in Tamil Nadu,with INR1.27 crore (US$190,000) in Chennai alone in its opening weekend. The movie collectedINR23 crore (US$3.5 million) in its opening week. The film is reported to have completed a 50 day run in a few theaters across Tamil Nadu. mayakkam enna had collected approximately INR45 crore (US$6.9 million) in its theaterical run which was declared as critically acclaimed successful film of 2011.