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MAHAAN ALLA MOVIE REVIEW
by : Behindwoods review board
Karthi, Kajal Agarwal
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cloud Nine Movies
Suseendiran proved his prowess as a fine
director handling a not so popular sport
like Kabbadi in his very first outing
Vennilla Kabbadi Kuzhu with village milieu.
He does a complete volte face in Naan
Mahaan Alla with an urban subject which
makes you laugh your heart out in the
first half and pushes you to the edge
of the seat in the second half.
Karthi (Jeeva) is a happy go lucky young man waiting
for a job, not that he is serious about it. He is
fun loving exuding positivity always and is popular
in his circle. He has a doting family; dad (Jayaprakash)
a call taxi driver, a house wife mother (Lakshmi Ramakrishnan),
and a younger sister. Jeeva’s life revolves
around his family and friends. He meets Priya (Kajal
Agarwal) in his friend Sudha’s (a neat portrayal
from Neelima) wedding and falls for her. He expresses
himself to her in an interesting manner and the ways
of wooing are lively and enjoyable.
he seeks Priya’s hand in marriage, her father
(Ravi Prakash) does not approve of this and averts
to a local dada to dissuade Jeeva. The ensuing events
are the most unexpected ones for Priya’s dad
and for the audience. When life seems to go on a straight
track for Jeeva, in comes a thud in the form of his
dad’s scripted accident and the unhappy turn
of events from that point which leads and culminates
into a riveting climax.
is Karthi, Karthi and Karthi all the way who monopolizes
the film in every frame. The growth of this young
actor is palpable in every shot. The mischievous twitch
in the lips and a twinkle in the eye when trying to
woo the heroine are a few examples. Bhaskar Sakthi’s
realistic one liners and retorts come in handy and
color the film in bright hue. In Paiyaa we saw Karthi
getting out of the garb of Paruthi Veeran. In NMA
he is just the adorable live wire boy next door who
floors you with his optimism, bonhomie and comic timing
in right proportion.
Agarwal does not have much to perform but does her
part adequately. Jayaprakash as Karthi’s dad
is efficient and the subtle gestures suggesting his
love and understanding of his son are a treat to watch.
The Royapuram dada makes a noticeable performance.
The boy with big eyes in the villain gang is quite
menacing with his aggressive demeanor.
conversation between Karthi and Kajal over phone and
their subsequent meeting clearly indicate the lively
contemporary times between lovers. Same goes for Karthi’s
interaction with his friends. The scene involving
his boss at the liquor shop is one more example of
Karthi scoring in comedy department.
has dichotomized the mood of the film clearly and
a touch of levity runs through the first half while
seriousness pervades the second half. Credible characterization
and a fairly neat screenplay are the positive components
in NMA. He has not veered from the subject and if
at all something slows down the momentum, it is the
Deivam Illai number in the second half. The bringing
in of villains and fusing them at the right place
is interesting. A few sequences could have been pruned
which could have given a complete feel to the film.
does a neat job in the music department and Iragai
Pole’s picturization is appreciable. Vaa Vaa
Nilavai Pidichu has Karthi trying out a few dance
steps. In the second half, Yuvan’s RR work dominates
and steers the film ahead. Rajeevan’s art work
is hardly visible which only goes on to reiterate
his success in his job. Interestingly he appears in
a small cameo. Madhie behind the camera conveys the
mood of the film through his apt lighting. The climax
fight choreographed by Anal Arasu gels with the characterization
of the subjects.
there are a few slow patches, Suseendiran should be
appreciated for coalescing the energy and entertainment
of a mainstream film with a sensitivity of a realistic
one. He has the wholesome attention of the audience
in most parts.
Verdict – A hard hitting realistic take!
Mahaan Alla Movie Review,
Mahaan Alla, Karthi,
Shankar Raja, Santhanam
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