Maattrraan brings together the tested hit
combination of director K V Anand and Suriya
once again after Ayan. Touted to be the first
Indian film to use performance capture technology,
Maattrraan centers on conjoined twins as a
basic arc but delves more on the adverse effects
of genetic engineering when man starts thinking
himself to be God.
Anand’s previous films have established
him as a mainstream movie maker with a lucid
understanding of the semiotics of commercial
film making that entertains and educates the
audience to certain extent.
To hook the contemporary attention-scant
viewer to the screen for an extended period
is an uphill task and Anand succeeds in this
domain fairly well. Good looking and efficient
cast, rich and grandeur visuals, pleasing
music, energetic stunts, an interesting premise
and an able direction help him in this endeavor.
Interestingly for Suriya this is his second
film on the subject of genetic engineering
immediately after 7aum Arivu. Whether it is
a restrained reaction or a cheerful retort,
this hardworking actor delivers it with consummate
ease. As the flamboyant Agilan or the grey
matter rich Vimalan, Suriya brings out the
necessary dichotomy quite well, very typical
of him. His sincerity and dedication is palpable
in every frame. Be it the action sequences
or the romantic frames, Suirya crafts a niche
Kajal Agarwal has a significant role to play
too and she pulls it off successfully. Chinmayee
has dubbed for Kajal and the fact that the
former can speak good Russian helps the character
appreciably. However, even during serious
scenes, the lady seems to be having a cheerful
disposition! Sachin Kadekar has a meaty role
next only to the hero and he gets his acts
right with his fine portrayal as a maverick
scientist. Tara who featured as Karthik’s
little sister in Agni Natchathiram is Suriya’s
mom in Maattrraan and the lady fits her role
One of the major highlights of the film is
its VFX. Helmed by Srinivas Mohan of Endhiran
fame, the VFX team has worked hard and it
is evident in all the frames that feature
the conjoined twins. The action sequence at
the roller coaster ride is the best example
where all the departments like the camera,
stunt, VFX and Suriya have worked in epic
tandem and the result is brilliant. Editing
plays a crucial role in such visual effects
intensive movies and editor Antony has done
complete justice to his craft.
Cinematographer Soundarrajan creates a huge
canvas in song sequences in the Nani Koni
number and fills it with rich and spectacular
sights. The splendor of Norway is breathtaking
in this song. In all, the film looks rich
and grandeur, thanks to Soundarrajan’s
angles and lighting. Scintillating songs and
good RR of Harris Jeyaraj enhance the appeal.
Kaal Mulaithe Poove is a visual and an aural
delight. Other tracks are also humworthy.
It is apparent that stunt master Peter Hein
has worked over time to get the appropriate
effect more so when the scene involves conjoined
twin. However the scene in the forest towards
the climax is a long drawn affair and could
have been trimmed.
The concept of genetic engineering and especially
baby designing is new to Tamil cinema (or
even to Indian cinema?) and Anand has packaged
this concept interestingly. Humor does not
course through the films’ veins but
the scene at the theatre when the impish Suirya
teaches a few lessons on romance to the somber
Suriya provides light moments.
KV Anand has managed to make the script pacy.
However at 2 hours and 48 minutes, the movie
still feels a tad lengthy. This could have
There is a pattern in K V Anand’s films.
There is a definite social message which he
masquerades with commercial components and
packages it interestingly. Maattrraan also
follows the route and it delivers what it
promises- a rich and stylish entertainer with
an interesting story.
Verdict: A rich and grandiose entertainer