I watched Mankatha at Rex Cinemas, Singapore on the 4th day after its release. This is the first time I have seat in a full house theater in 4 years after Ajith's Billa. I believe the crowd I was with was majority Thala's fans. In every scene where Ajith dances, fights, mouths awesome dialogues and one liners, there were screams and whistles for him.
Before Mankatha was released, everyone knew Ajith is going to be in a negative character. There was a big hype about it and the hype became big after the trailer was released. In Vaali, Varalaru and Attagasam, Ajith played as an evil twin. It seems like a cake walk for him playing a villain in such films. In Billa he was a dreadful and emotionless don. But what really happens in Mankatha is that he plays as a guy who loves money and even foregoes his love just for money. It’s something we will see in movies where villains like Prakash Raj or Sampath will play. But as I left the theater, I somehow felt my heart reached out to Ajith for playing such a negative character who is merciless and yet plays it with style and shines well.
It really takes an actor who has a huge fan base to take the guts to play a negative character in his 50th film. He deserves applause for that. The scene before the interval block says it all: Thala is back! I was telling my brother who is a Thala fan, during the interval, with envy and disappointment that why Vijay's 50th film was not on par with Mankatha. But I believe Vijay has made his amendments by choosing the best directors lately. But the man to shine currently or for the next 100 days will be Ajith.
I really felt that Venkat Prabhu has unleashed Ajith to play around with his character. I felt he was given more freedom to experiment with his character. In scenes where he imitates Premji, plans the heist, bike race, romancing with Trisha and meeting face to face with his enemies, his eyes and body language were realistic.
But all Ajith fans will agree with me that the chess scene before the interval and the clash with Action King were definitely the highlight of the film.
Dialogues like," I am impressed Action King, GIVE MORE!" "This is my ****** Game!" , "Naanum evaluvu nalla nalavanave nadikarthu" have definitely reached the audience really well.
To sum it all, Thala walks away with all accolades even when there are many actors cast in this film. Mankatha will definitely set a new trend and it breaks all hero stereotypes. If Ajith Kumar is reading this, I just want to say this ," I am impressed Thala, GIVE MORE!"