Director Lokesh Kanagaraj has taken a serious theme and blended it with the right mixture of humour and good performances from a fresh cast. As in every film, there are sequences which you feel, could have been better, but on the whole it is an overwhelming experience with some terrific moments of inspired humor which is a rarity in Tamil cinema.
In the climax, Shri speaks to his dad and Regina tells us in a scene later that Divya who is her close friend is Shri’s girlfriend. Thus we get to know why Regina goes out of her way to see that Shri gets the job! This is just one example of Lokesh's detailing, and there are plenty of such small things to discuss and decode.
Verdict: Good watch
In a movie that picks up its tempo after nightfall and plays out mostly on the city’s deserted roads, we see a very well edited drama taking place at many levels. Kishan has been ordered by his policeman uncle to get out of the city for a while, but the young man keeps hanging outside Regina’s hostel in the hope that she would patch up with him.
Maanagaram may seem confusing in its first few minutes with a medley of characters fighting for screen space, but the work soon settles down to greater clarity and even narration -- which is peppered with surprises. And these, of course, keep your attention riveted to the story.
Lokesh does not waste a single moment and starts the story straight away with the first shot which is a conversation between two main characters, overlapped on an office building. The impressively designed title credits depicted through the set properties, comes a little later.
The story is heavily dependent on coincidences and that makes things predictable beyond a point.
Verdict- ‘Maanagaram’ is a must watch thoroughly engrossing thriller with the right mix of emotions and a realistic take on life in a metropolitan city like Chennai.
Maanagaram marks the debut of a new director Lokesh Kanagaraj whose passion towards cinema is clear. His hard work is evident right through to have pulled up an exhilarating hyperlink film. He deserves a lavish praise! It is not one of those films where multiple stories forcefully converge into one.
Sundeep Kishan gets a new rugged makeover here, something different from his earlier works in Tamil and Telugu. Sri’s role is more subtle, which has high scope to convey various emotions and the young actor makes no mistake in doing that.
Verdict: A compelling coherent hyperlink thriller with good performances and excellent technical finesse