Logic ends when drama begins - a famous quote by Alfred Hitchcock remains to be a sole inspiration for the commercial filmmakers and debutant Thiru Kumaran joins this league with 'Maan Karate', a script written by versatile filmmaker AR Murugadoss that is a mix of fantasy, romance, drama and lots of commercial elements.
The boxing ring isn't a peculiar subject to Tamil cinema as we have come across similar ones with a wayward turning into a champion.
When a bunch of friends (Satish of Ethir Neechal fame and others) chill out on a hill top forest shooting the breeze, they jump into a hermit, who forecasts their future with his mysterious power. Cut to Royapuram..... We find Royapuram Peter (Sivkarthikeyan), a devil-may-care guy enjoying his life aimlessly and that's when these people get acquainted sponsoring him to take part in a boxing tournament. It's an alien subject to Peter, but he is convinced and sooner comes across a beautiful girl Yaazhini (Hansika Motwani). Well, it doesn't take a long time for this chap to impress her and they soon fall in love.
Why these people are behind Peter? What actually did the hermit perform? Will Peter, the person who doesn't even know 'boxing' is a sports manage win this tournament?
Don't look out for anything on analysis. It's a drama of 150 mins approximately and the first half is composed of entertaining elements. Sivakarthikeyan has done through a decent makeover and that works best result for the character he has played. Hansika Motwani has shed down some weight and her chemistry with Siva looks perfect. Vamsi Krishna appears only by intermission and his dialogues are limited, but his mannerisms and herculean looks constructs more depth during the penultimate sequences. Satish evokes laughter-riot with his witty lines and the special cameo by Soori is a decorous delight.
The script by AR Murugadoss isn't an exceptional one and it is already a tested genre in many regional languages. But the distinctive narrative style keeps us engrossed. The first half is pretty engaging, but some post-intermission sequences turn out to be little sluggish, but the momentum is back as the time for confrontation arrives. Yes, first two minutes into the film and you are revealed about the entire script including climax (so don't miss it).
Cinematography by Sukumar keeps the frame emblazoned with rich colours and his unparalleled picturing of songs enhances the musical treat Anirudh. The songs weren't so much on its peak, but the visuals make it convincing. The twist that comes during intermission is a huge surprise and the post-climax shot that shifts to the cave where the film began is yet another enthrallment.
Overall, Maan Karate is a movie that should be watched sans critical analysis. Just sit back, grab your pack of popcorns, sip your cool drinks, beat the summer and relax the film.
What works: Engaging screenplay, background score, songs, cinematography, performance
What doesn't work: Slow moments in second half, predictable narration in second half.
Verdict: Time-pass movie...
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