Despite an gratifying first half, ‘Maamanithan’ ends with none form of payoff

Despite an gratifying first half, ‘Maamanithan’ ends with none form of payoff

Seenu Ramasamy’s heroes aren’t unusual however extraordinary. They are extraordinary to the proportion that they’re, in actual fact, superheroes. But not like your common superheroes, Seenu Ramasamy’s heroes draw their superpower from their virtuousness and goodwill gestures. In a way, they aren’t simply kind-hearted however have the guts of gold. So, it’s only pure that Seenu Ramasamy’s screenplays are gold-plated minus the seikuli (labour) and setharam (collateral injury).

But the actual injury in writing such good tales is, it turns into a tad simplistic and generic after a degree. This is each a superb and unhealthy factor in Maamanithan. You revel within the simplicity of the plot and heave a sigh of aid for the existence of such plain tales, till your prayers go unanswered.


Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Gayathrie Shankar, Guru Somasundaram and Shaji Chen

Director: Seenu Ramasamy

Storyline: Deserting his household over a case of actual property fraud, Radhakrishnan is on the run. Will there be a redemption?

Maamanithan is a simple story of a simple father Radhakrishnan (Vijay Sethupathi) and his simple spouse Savithri (Gayathrie in one more function the place she has to endure. Please, can we’ve higher characters written for her?) and his simple kids. It is tough to guess the movie’s timeline however going by the wallposters, it seems like Maamanithan is ready within the Nineties — how acceptable, you may surprise. For, it has the vibe and emotion of V Sekhar’s movies from the identical period.

Vijay Sethupathi as Radhakrishnan takes satisfaction in being the primary auto driver in his city Pannaipuram, the hometown of music legend Ilaiyaraaja, who has composed for the movie alongside along with his son, Yuvan Shankar Raja. In the opening portion, we see Radhakrishnan along with his youngsters and their routine: they take a trip within the auto, cease by at a tea store owned by Ismaiel (Guru Somasundaram) to have eggs and purchase freshwater fish.

There is a stupendous scene the place the daddy tells the children that each time they undergo a tough time in life, they want to take a run. Because operating, apparently, makes the thoughts contemporary and provides you readability to suppose. What a boring piece of recommendation, you may suppose. But what Radhakrishnan says echoes right into a plot level within the second half, the place the roles get reversed and the daughter tells the daddy to run. This little second within the opening portion supplies the drama for the second half, the place Radhakrishnan is on the run. And he’s operating all by way of his life, carrying the burden on his shoulder.

Maamanithan runs for over two hours. It is among the many shorter movies Seenu Ramasamy has made; the shorter runtime might be attributed to not having sufficient materials. The first half is the place the movie’s most gratifying. There is a story-within-story after we come to know Radhakrishnan and Savithri’s cut-short love story. It is a bedtime story that the daddy tells his daughter however one thing about this acquainted story makes you content, despite the fact that the way by which they get married isn’t precisely extraordinary.

But the movie shifts gears through the interval level to turn into a melodrama. Whatever little pleasures that you simply thus far loved in Maamanithan get weaker within the second half. By the time the movie ends, you are feeling it’s incomplete. One’s undecided if it was due to funds points, however regardless of the case, Maamanithan ends abruptly with none form of payoff.

There is a thread within the second half that stored me pondering. Radhakrishnan has left city to take refuge someplace in Kerala, the place he meets a widow and her daughter. For a few years, he continues to reside away from his household, although he continues to present them monetary assist. In one other movie, one other filmmaker might need felt tempted to present some form of emotions that Radhakrishnan might have developed for the widow and her daughter. But Seenu Ramasamy’s movies aren’t about manithans however maamanithans — when Ismaiel warns Radhakrishnan about sparrows constructing nests in his newly-built home that he locks up, the latter says, “It is okay. At least they’ve a home, no.”

In my Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhalreview, I had written this about Vijay Sethupathi: “Something wants to be stated about Vijay Sethupathi and the astonishing capability he possesses to stay honest to the character he performs. Just be careful for him ultimately when somebody asks how he might love two girls on the identical time. Vijay offers a lame rationalization utilizing the movie’s title. But one thing about his voice, the best way he says it, makes you really feel it comes from the guts. He makes you consider.” This holds true for Maamanithan too .

Just watch the person when he will get a meet-cute scene with Savithri or when he bursts out in anger at his to-be brother-in-law. Vijay Sethupathi makes it look real. Maamanithan is that script the place each Sethupathi and Gayathrie do extra for the movie than what it does to them.

Maamanithan is presently operating in theatres.

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