Going by the promotional events and posters, one would've thought that Mahabalipuram would be a fun riot more in the lines of Goa. Kudos to the director Don Sandy for misleading his audience, for Mahabalipuram turns out to be an emotional drama. So what does the movie has to offer? As always, continue to read our review to unearth the answer.
Five friends make their living by working as guides to foreigners in the famous tourist spot of Tamil Nadu, Mahabalipuram. They lead a happy life and one among them stay to a local politician hoping that he would come in handy if and when required.
Everything goes as per plans until one day when they learn about a double suicide involving one of their friends along with his newly married wife. Things go from bad to worse when they decide to dig deep in an effort to solve the mysterious self-destruction.
They find themselves in a spot of bother and what follows post the unfortunate incident forms the rest of the story.
The performance of the main protagonist, played by Vinayak, who also happens to be the film's producer, is a huge let down. His acting looks clumsy and makes you feel he should be concentrating on producing rather than acting.
Karunakaran and Ramesh Thilak have done their job adequately but the real surprise comes from both the leading ladies Angana Roy and Vithika Sheru who have managed to impress one and all with their acting skills, the only let down being their insufficient screen space.
Apart from the last 45 minutes, which is quite racy, the movie moves at a sluggish pace. Screenplay in the first half is a huge let down as it punishes the audience with cliched scenes and poor romantic sequences.
Cinematography by Chandran Pattuswamy is comparatively of low standards. Editing by Kim Aam is a spoiler as it acts as a speed breaker and hampers the flow at times.
The only saving grace in the technical department comes from the musician K, whose background score makes an ordinary narration look compelling at parts.
Mahabalipuram is a film that tries to offer a suspense thriller but ends up offering a poorly crafted drama with over-emotional sequences.