By: Settu Shankar
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
After the successful debut with Thalainagaram, director Suraj has come out with another mass entertainer - Maruthamalai. The Arjun-Vadivelu starrer film is laced with all essential aspects to make it work big time at the box-office. The story looks to be a crasser version of Ajith starrer Kreedom and Vikram's blockbuster Saamy. The first half of the film is the typical Vadivelu comedy portion, which makes the film more enjoyable. In fact, in the movie action king Arjun"s role plays second fiddle to Vadivelu in the film.
Maruthamalai (Arjun) is son of a retired police constable (Nasser) whose only dream is that his son joins the Police Force. But Maruthamalai is selected as a low level constable and posted to a station in a violent town, Nachiapuram. At Nachiapuram police station, the Head constable is 'Encounter' Ekambaram (Vadivelu), a corrupt and typical caricature of a cop. After a while, constable Maruthamalai is made the Inspector of the station.
The second half is an out and out action film - which is Action King Arjun"s home turf. Nachiapuram is a lawless town ruled by Maasi (Lal), a man belonging to a majority community. He has not allowed an election to be held there for the past 20 years as the government has made it a reserved constituency (similar to the Paapapatti- Keeripatti issue in TN). The higher caste man does not want to be ruled by an MLA, from a lower caste!
Suryanaarayanan, a strict election commissioner, enters to solve the problem and vows to run elections peacefully. When Maasi tries to interrupt the election with his men, Maruthamalai stops him single handedly and the polls are conducted peacefully. To take revenge on Maasi for doing this, Maasi kills Maruthamalai"s father. The rest is as predictable – similar to the usual Tamil cinema masala formula.
Arjun looks very smart in romantic as well as action scenes. For the first time, he does a comedy role in the film, which makes the movie hilarious. No doubt, Vadivelu is the real hero of the film and he does his normal comic act with his trademark whining and speaking in broken English. The scene with Thulukkanam Shankar (a comic dada) is a fine example for Vadivelu's extra ordinary performance. Nila plays her glamour role with ease, provoking viewers with some sexy costumes!
Nasser and Raghuvaran have done the job perfectly. Lal, the Malayalam actor proves once again that he is a suitable actor for villain roles. There is nothing to comment about in D Inman"s music. The re recording tests the ears in some parts. There are few minuses in the film like the regular visits of powerful ministers and officers to the jail where Lal is imprisoned. But on the whole the film has enough stuff to make the viewers leave the theatres with light-hearted!
Verdict: Enjoyable mass entertainment!
Cast: Arjun, Vadivelu, Nila, Nasser, Lal and Raghuvaran
Music: D Imaan
Story, Screenplay, Dialogues and Direction: Suraj
Producer: Oscar Ravichandiran
By: Settu Shankar