Man of Madurai
Shanmugapandian, son of ‘Captain’ Vijayakanth, made his debut with ‘Sagaptham’ a few years ago and faced negative reviews. To prove critics wrong, he has now come up with ‘Sagaptham’, a film which shows him delivering subtle performance.
The movie, which marks the directorial debut of popular cinematographer P G Muthiah, talks about the pride of Tamil Nadu and the culture and tradition of Tamils. Let’s check out how the movie is.
Durai (Shanmuga Pandian) comes from Malaysia to his native place in southern Tamil Nadu. He says his aim is to fall in love with a girl from his homeplace and marry her.
But he has other plans. For, he is the son of Rathnavelu (Samuthirakani), who lived in the village more than two decades ago. He was a man with a golden heart.
As Rathnavelu tries to unite rival communities by conducting Jallikattu, the traditional bull taming sport of Tamil Nadu, he gets murdered by unidentified persons.
Following this, his wife, along with their kid (Shanmuga Pandian), leaves for Malaysia. Now Durai is back in his native with a twin mission.
He wants to conduct Jallikattu in the village to fulfil the dream of his dad and also to find out the murderers of his father. Is he able to succeed or not?
As said already, Shanmugapandian is good. But he has to improve a lot still. Meenakshi is the right pick for her role, while the likes of Vela Ramamoorthy, ‘Mime’ Gopi and P L Thenappan are adequate for their respective characters.
But the one who walks away with all honours is Samuthirakani, as his solid performance is the movie’s biggest higlight. The other highlights are musical score by Santhosh Dayanidhi and cinematography by Muthiah.
All said, ‘Maduraveeran’, despite its flaws like familiar scenes and lack of depth, is an engaging crispy movie which runs for a little more than two hours.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5