Direction : Balaji Mohan
Production : Wunderbar Films, Magic Frames
Starring : Dhanush, Kajal Aggarwal, Vijay Yesudas, Robo Shankar
Music : Anirudh
Cinematography : Om Prakash
Editing : Prasana GK
With some good hits in the past for both Dhanush and Balaji Mohan respectively, they are teaming up for the first time in ‘Maari’. As the tag line suggest – Thara Local, it’s a film deliberately that is made for Dhanush fans. Let us have a look at how things work out well this time for Dhanush and his team.
Maari (Dhanush) is a devil-may-care local thug, whose main business is pigeon racing. He has his own competitors in bitter terms and the clash is relentless. There comes a police officer Arjun (Vijay Yesudas), whose first intention is to evacuate Maari from this zone. Meanwhile, a beautiful girl Sri Devi (Kajal Aggarwal) comes into the area and after few misunderstandings, both of them are likely in love, but sooner Maari is shocked to see the true colour of hers.
When Dhanush made his debut in Tamil cinema, it was really an exciting moment as he kept choosing some unparalleled stories that carved a niche in his career. Nevertheless, it slightly disappoints us on how Dhanush could choose such a script that lacks story and almost everything except showcasing his style. Much more disappointing is Balaji Mohan’s script. He had delivered really some breezy films like Kadhalil Sodhapuvadhu Yeppadi and Vaayai Moodi Pesavum and now with ‘Maari’, it’s quite a shock. It looks like the duo had purposefully involved in the mission of creating a script that would let the Dhanush fans hail, dance and acclaim the star in theatres. After certain extent as we keep seeing Dhanush as though in introduction scene, there seems to be a certain irksome factor there with low-angle shots and background score by Anirudh. Although Dhanush have their toast of celebration, the family audiences who thronged into theatres for VIP will not prefer this one. Why Dhanush does keeps boozing and smoking throughout the film is a million dollar question as it turns too stereotypical.
It looks like Dhanush had self-affirmed himself to entertain and amuse his fans with ‘Maari’. This could be one reason, why even most of the scenes are done in a massive way to attract them. In fact, almost every scene in the film gains their favour and they go on relentless mode of whistling and clapping. The mass mannerisms and dialogue deliveries by Dhanush are the greatest assets. Kajal Aggarwal looks beautiful in traditional Shalwar Kameez attires, but her role although somewhat prominent fails to impress us. Robot Shankar is absolute stealer with his comedy sense keeping us enchanted. Playback singer Vijay Yesudas keeps has to really strive a lot to improvise his performance and lots of home works is in demand. Vinod who plays the sidekick of Dhanush alongside Robo Shankar keeps up the best laughter therapy. Gopi of Madras fame is best in places and his characterisation deserves special mention. Shanmugha Rajan is perfect and others have done justice to their roles.
Screen presence of Dhanush
Comedy sense of timing by Robo Shankar
What doesn’t work?
Almost everything with story, screenplay and other departments
If you’re a hardcore fan of Dhanush, the film would be a sure-footed treat for Dhanush fans, where you can scream, whistle, clap out, relax and walk out of theatres in celebratory mode. But if you’re not in this zone, we have ‘No Comments’ to mark upon on verdicts.
Verdict : Full meals for Dhanush fans
Rating : 4/10
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