Maamanithan Movie Review
Filmmaker Seenu Ramasamy and actor Vijay Sethupathi have always delivered feel-good movies for the audiences. They are back with ‘Maamanithan’, which is yet another tale that endorses realism. How far does it engross the audiences? Let us check out this review.
The story is about the simple yet ambitious life of an ordinary man Radhakrishnan (Vijay Sethupathi). He resides in a small town across Southern Tamil Nadu and is the breadwinner of his family as an auto-rickshaw driver. His adorable wife (Gayathrie) and his two children are his only source of happiness. He is praised in his neighborhood for his good heart nature. But just as it happens in every good man’s life, a sense of over-ambitious desire gets him into the wrong hands, which ruins his reputation. How he struggles to get out of those troubled waters and redeem the lost glory of himself and his family forms the crux of the story.
Seenu Ramasamy movies have always been synonymous with dashes of realism. It has been evident with his erstwhile movies Thenmerku Paruva Kaatru, Dharmadurai and Kanne Kalaimaane. It’s nice to see a movie that doesn’t have the domination of props like guns, weapons, mobile phones, and gadgets. An organic movie indeed is a rare scenario! This movie fulfills the long-yearned gratification of the audience. The film has very few characters, but they have pivotal prominence. Be it Vijay Sethupathi, Gayathrie, Guru Somasundaram, or others, they have delivered a flawless performance. This is a sort of movie where the director and actors complement each other, and yet again, a rare piece of work indeed. The initial moments like give a slow-dramatic approach, but as the story progresses towards the climax, especially in the last 30 minutes, we are drawn into the premise with emotional baggage.
While there are lots of heart-warming moments in this movie, there are a few elements on the flip side too. The first one to disappoint the fans would be the musical score. ‘Maamanithan’ struck everyone’s attention overnight for the collaboration of father-son Maestro Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja-Yuvan Shankar Raja’s musical score. However, neither the songs nor the background score appeals to the interests of audiences. The major strength of Vijay Sethupathi-Seenu Ramasamy’s previous outing ‘Dharmadurai’ was the musical score, but here, it’s completely mediocre. When it comes to the dramatic narration, we don’t find big minuses, except for the faintest reminiscences of movies like Mahanathi, Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy, Maaya Kannadi, and a few more movies that had good-hearted protagonists ruining their lives due to collaborations with conniving miscreants. The dialogues are good, but in many places, give an impression of watching a TV serial. Although the second point might be acceptable, Seenu Ramasamy could have focused on coming up with a well-refined dialogue and delivery from the actors. Especially, the music should have been a backbone for this movie, which gets slightly average.
If you’re planning to watch Maamanithan, just go with the preparation of watching a movie that belongs to the ‘Drama’ genre, which will refrain you from complaining about the slow moments. Yes, there are very few drawbacks, but still, the movie can be watched for the content.
Maamanithan Movie Review
Verdict: A drama with decent performances, hard-hitting dialogues, and good message as a takeaway.