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Simbhu requests a shoulder to cry, talks a mile long amateurish dialogue about his girlfriend, who ran away with someone and when the cricket fame Mandira Bedi consoles him, catches her by her hips and over her shoulder winks at the camera. You know by then what manmadhan is going to be. Don’t you?
Taking off as a modern day adaptation of Sigappu Rojakkal, manmadhan is all about serial killing girls who are unfaithful to their husbands/boy friends. While this fact hasn’t been established clearly through dialogues, the screenplay makes you to assume this. Similar to its predecessor serial killing thrillers, the protagonist/anti-hero has a purpose. That purpose as expected is a lengthy flashback. By a chance most of the girls whom our hero meets are diseased by infidelity. Contradictory to real life, these girls fall for the hero in the first pass he makes at them. This disease, again as per the kollywood grammar doesn’t affect the heroine.
Simbhu has done a great job to showcase his multi-faceted talents in many ways as possible. The better thing is that all his efforts have stuck to the story line making them more in-direct. In his previous movies, such efforts have stood out making it as a promotion of Simbhu and the movie theme was lost in the process. His performance in some scenes puts him in the league of acting actors.
Unfortunately, the screenplay that he has penned is a drag. What could have been a simple 2-hour nail-biting thriller has been elongated to a 18 reel lengthy movie. He takes ample time to set the story and the first half just drags to unveil the interval suspense. The flashback, set in a town hostel could have been cut efficiently keeping the time factor in mind. The climax and the twists that occur at regular intervals have got the movie going.
Jyothika with her usual charm and her quaint dialogue delivery performs again. But in a hero-centric movie she has very less to do. Her dance in the number Enn Aasai Mythiliye rocks. Even in the wildest dreams one wouldn’t have imagined Jyo to dance so well in a single lengthy shot. Like his Saghlai Chinni Jayanth, Ragalai Santhanam gets to become the new age college friend. This guys needs a notice and heroes beware cause he can out perform others in a scene with his wits.
You could hardly spot Balakumaran, the dialogue writer in this visual movie and also one would certainly ponder over the rational behind those lengthy dialogues of love-lost. Kakkha Kakkha fame RD Rajasekhar‘s camera has simply brought in the urban look and feel for the movie. With some daring close-ups and unbelievable angles, Rajasekhar is a cameraman to adore. Nevertheless, too much shaking the camera pains the eyes. Antony, the editor who along with the cameraman has done the wonder work for the movie. With the movie moving so smooth, I still don’t believe how he would have allowed those lengthy slow motion shots of Simbhu. A little more cuts in the narration and the movie could have been cute-bundled in less than two hours.
Yuvan’s songs have been rocking the music scene for quite some time. That rap in that manmadhan song goes well with the number. What stands out is the long pathos number, Kathal Valarthen. Not to forget the folk rendering of Shankar Mahadevan and Sriram in Vanam Enna. Jay Murugan who hasn’t been brought to light in the media needs to be appreciated to for his directorial skills of manmadhan. If supposedly this is his debut movie in direction, amazing job.
This young dude Simbhu to perform in most of the areas of filmmaking might make him look like a braggart but if only he could maneuver his talents he is certain to stay here. manmadhan could be counted as of his one of the initial successes he is going to encounter in the days to come.