A taut thriller was the impact gained through the film's teasers and the title 'Madhil Mel Poonai' boarded us on with more anticipations to expect an unusual one . The film is produced by G.V. Kannan of Peenics Creations with Sri Vishali Film releasing it. Barani Jayapal has handled direction with Vijay Vasanth and Vibha playing the lead roles.
Certain things have to be taken into consideration before analyzing the film that stands out as the unique quotients. First and foremost, it's Vijay Vasanth makes a good choice of script. He was almost seen in minor roles (a cameo perhaps in Vijay's Nanban and Ajith Kumar's Mankatha) and was a part of multi-starrer movies. For the first time, he makes a solo performance in the lead role through 'Madhil Mel Poonai'.
The makers have indeed fetched the title of the famous Hollywood flick of Bruce Willis - LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD.
The film is split into two parallel tracks of a school children with a series of bizarre incidents and the other one revolving around a young couple in love.
It's all about seeking vengeance for a smart guy and a girl called Divya, who are toppers in their class. On the parallel track, we notice that Vijay Vasanth has been thrown out of a company due to recession and takes up a tutor job in driving school, where he comes across a beautiful girl Priya (Vibha) and they fall in love. Apparently, her father (Gnanasambhandam) gives a nod to their marriage and it's an intermission point, where an unexpected knot of two parallel tracks is conjoined.
While the newlywed couple along with their family take upon a journey to Priya’s native land for a temple visits, they are bound to an appalling situation. How they manage to fight against the situation and make their headway forms crux of the story.
Vijay Vasanth showcases a matured performance with a neat spell of emoting skills. He distinctly understood the need of a break in his career and has done it accordingly. Vibha is cute and beautiful - it's not the only compliment, but scores brownie points in her performance as well. Rest of the star-casts including Karthik has done a fabulous job.
The screenplay in the first hour is a little sluggish as the establishment of the plot takes a long way for audience to settle down. However, the momentum picks up by the time of intermission following the edge-of-seat moments during the second half that is completely shot in the forest region. One of the highlighting attribute is an Aghori fighting for the girl and finally giving up his life.
Technically, the songs are middling and Ganesh Raghavendra has managed to give a powerful impact with background score during the chase and action sequences in the second hour. If cinematography and editing were done on par with excellence, it would have been an extraordinary visual treat and made the film a complete thriller.
On the whole, 'Madhil Mel Poonai' deserves a watch for its new styled narration and promising performance by the actors. Quite a lengthy one with 2hrs40mins and if trimmed with few portions, the narration would have been sleek and quite engrossing as well.
Verdict: A decent effort by entire team.
Review by Richard Mahesh
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