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Maayavi Review

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

First of all, we have to admit that we are glad to see Mammootty in light-hearted and masala roles again. It indeed was becoming tiresome to see their versatile actor in very serious roles one after the other. For all those fans who share similar sentiments, Maayavi is a treat. Forget logic here and just enjoy the new offering from director Shafi and Mammooty.

Mammootty is Mahendra, also known as Mahi. He is a do-gooder who tries his best to help the needy. When the problem goes out of hand, or if the perpetrator of crime is a notorious anti-social element, he switches to IAS. IAS stands for Iruttu Adi Service, Mahi's way of dealing with negative elements. At night he wears a superhero mask and punishes the culprits. The idenity of the hero remains a mystery to the general public. Slowly and steadily, the name and fame of this mysterious superhero grows.

Once, when he tries to help someone, he lands in prison where he meets Balan. Balan has a sad story- he has a younger sibling who has to undergo brain surgery. Mahi decides to help him out and when he gets out of prison, he takes the blame for a murder which he didn't commit and gets ready to return to prison. He does so because Thottapalli Surendran and his brother had committed the murder to settle some old rivalry and were willing to pay Mahi huge sums of money for taking the blame. Amidst all this, he runs into Indhu, who is looking for someone to help her people out of some big trouble. He decides to help her too. This leads to a big climax...

The best thing about the film is- it is as entertaining as Rajamanikkam and Thommanum Makkalum. Forget the logic part of the story and the fact that so many characters simply walk in and walk out. Shafi and Mammooty's previous film together was Thommanum Makkalum. This one is a pretty good follow-up to that film. The script is by Rafi and Mecartin. In spite of the number of characters, the two have maintained clarity in the narration.

Plus Points
Mammooty, his performance and dialogue delivery
Shafi, Rafi and Mecartin
Gopika these days is looking quite like Mammooty's heroine.

Minus Points
Too many characters
The pace of the film's second half drags sometimes

It is certainly worth a watch!

Cast : Mammootty, Gopika, Manoj K Jayan, Sai Kumar, Vijayaraghavan and others.

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