Mannar Vahaiyara movie review: A bit lengthy

Vemal is back and plays to his strength - choosing a role of a rural youth and is perfect fit to it.

Director: Bhoopathy Pandian

Cast: Vemal, Anandhi, Chandini, Prabhu, Robo Shankar, Saranya

Actor Vemal is back in action after a gap with Mannar Vahaiyara, which is also his maiden production venture. He has teamed up with Bhoopathy Pandian for a masala commercial potboiler.

The movie begins with a marriage setting in a town area where we see the parents (Jayaprakash and Saranya Ponvannan) and their relatives in a cheerful mood. Soon, chaos prevails at the mandapam as Kalairani (Chandhini) the bride-to-be was abducted by a stranger.

Cut to the past, Madhi Azhagan (Vemal), a happy go lucky guy, is awaiting his results of the final semester of law. His elder brother is Arivazhagan (Karthik Kumar) who looks after the coconut farms owned by his dad (Prabhu), a respected man in the town. Madhi falls for a bubbly college student Ilayarani (Anandhi). Incidentally, his bro Arivu is in love with Kalairani who is the sister of Ilayarani. When Kalai’s family fixes her marriage with a guy from their own caste, Arivu consumes poison, but is saved on time by Madhi and hence kidnaps the girl on her wedding day.

Cut to the present, Madhi uses his brain and unites both the families, but the sisters’ brother (Vamsi), a ruffian, is not happy. When all seems well and Madhi is about to reveal his love affair, a twist takes place. How he resolves things and wins his girlfriend forms the rest.

Vemal is back in full form and plays to his strength - choosing a role of a rural youth and is perfect fit to it. He has given an energetic performance and has tried his hands on action as well. Robo Shankar who shares an equal screen space as that of Vemal manages to tickle your funny bones to some extent. His loud gestures irritate you after a point. Anandhi impresses on her debut attempt at humor. All others like Prabhu, Karthik Kumar, Jayprakash, Saranya, Vamsi Krishna, Chandini do their part well. The director should be commended for steering clear of double entendres in the name of comedy or for that matter any skin show. There’s nothing new by way of story or its presentation, but overall packaging does the trick. Jakes Bijoy’s music goes well with mood of the film. PG Mutaiah and Sooraj Nallusamy’s camera work is vibrant and glossy. The film is a bit lengthy and trimming at least 20 minutes would have made it slicker.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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