‘Mankatha’ – the word from the beginning kept striking everyone with big expectations. Nothing seems to had broken the spirits of fans in spite of long delay. A year and half after the release of ‘Aasal’, Ajith Kumar arrives with ‘Mankatha’, a film that diverts itself far away from his previous movies.
Lots of special attractions in the film turned to be the greatest assets and indeed had kept the film on higher tempo.
To start off with, ‘Mankatha’ does carry some similarities with Hollywood movies like ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Fast and Furious’, ’21’ and many more. But the adaptation by Venkat Prabhu and the addition of his creative quotients make it more appealing especially for Ajith Kumar fans.
Precisely, one must have been clear about what the film is all about right from the time the teasers were released. Yes, it’s about the criminals, bookies and a ‘Big Master Mind’ controlling them with an unpredictable climax that lets you go on top of excitements. Yes, the last 40minutes of the film moves you to the edge of seats and somehow diminishes the sluggish moments during the first half.
Rs. 500Crores – Big Money, Big Dreams, 4 Criminals: Sumanth (Vaibhav), Ganesh (Ganesh) Local SI in Mumbai, Mahat (Mahat) a local pub owner and Prem (Premji), a hacker. They have a perfect plan of pillaging the big money and part ways. But then enters Inspector Vinayak (Ajith Kumar) under suspension and joins them. Things take a different turn soon as ‘Betrayal’ becomes order of the day that proves ‘In the world of crime, no one is trustworthy’. Prithviraj (Action King Arjun) enters the scene appointed as the head of special CBI squad to trap the bookies and the criminals involved in the conniving acts.
A special new word of synonym – Mankatha and Ajith Kumar... Even years later, the fans of Thala would have their minds striking between any of these terms when one of them is spotted. Yes, over the years Ajith Kumar didn’t have such a different and unique role in his career. It’s a special surprise to see him in a full-fledged ‘Negative Role’. During the teasers, we had it straight from the character of Vinayak ‘Naanum Evvalavu Naalthan Nallavanaave Nadikirathu’. He has modulated a lot with his dialogue deliveries, his body language, style and moreover the sense of humour. Courtesy to Venkat Prabhu for making sure that he makes us of the great opportunity of wielding megaphone for Ajith Kumar’s 50th film.
There are four special scenes that deserve special praises for Ajith Kumar’s performance.
1. Scene before intermission, where he narrates the plan of bumping off everyone in the team.
2. The conversation between him and Arjun while Vaibhav is held as approver.
3. His reaction towards Vaibhav and Ganesh when the big money goes missing.
4. Obviously the climax portion.
Trisha’s role is quite minimal, but her cherubic looks and childish behaviour becomes the major attraction from her part. In fact, her appearance is more beautiful than ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya’. Well to be precise, most of the other actors have got a cameo role, but they together make the film very special.
On the dot, Venkat Prabhu must have gone through toilsome moments for handling such an ensemble star-casts. Andrea Jeremiah has nothing to perform and so is Anjali. Newcomers Mahat and Ganesh have done their best while Vaibhav and Aravind Akash are perfect to the role. Action King Arjun storms with his marvellous performance. In fact, he overshadows Ajith Kumar during climax portions and that’s for his characterization. The combination between Ajith Kumar and Arjun is awesome, which can witness during the bloopers of final credits.
The only problem with the film is that the first half doesn’t have a substantiality over the screenplay until Ajith Kumar breaks open the actual plan during intermission. However, the roller coaster ride during second half is surpassing as it keeps audiences to wonder what’s gonna happen next and naturally they start pondering about the end when Ajith Kumar is shot terribly by Arjun.
‘Vilayaadu Mankatha’ and ‘Machi Open The Bottle’ are the exceptional works from Yuvan Shankar Raja as he tries gratifying both mass and class audiences with his distinguished music.
Cinematography by Sakthi Saravanan is done sleekly and CG works during few scenes is over the top. Don’t miss the opening credits that are done with different currencies.
On the whole, first half of ‘Mankatha’ is meant for Ajith Kumar fans while the second half manages to draw the attention of universal audiences. With no big releases scheduled for next few weeks and the jet-speed promotions by Sun Pictures, the film can expect good results in box office.
What works: Ajith Kumar, second half, climax, star-casts, Music, Technical department, more twists in screenplay
What doesn’t work: First half has some light and sluggish moments,
Verdict: Go watch it... Worth doing so
Banner: Sun Pictures, Cloud Nine Movies
Production: Kalanidhi Maaran, Dayanidhi Azhagiri, Vivek Rathinavel
Direction: Venkat Prabhu
Star-casts: Ajith Kumar, Arjun, Trisha, Lakshmi Rai, Vaibhav, Aravind Akash, Anjali, Andrea Jeremiah and others
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Review by Richard Mahesh
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