Maanikya is a blend of action, romance, songs and a bit of comedy that has created a family entertainer without harming the commercial value of the movie. Though a remake attempt by director-actor Sudeep, Maanikya has lived up to its expectations and has been moulded to the likes of the native audience.
The age old story of the factional rivalry is combined with the heropanti of the lead actor Sudeep and in his usual way leaves no stone unturned to impress his class viewers but this time he has extended his impression towards the mass class as well.
Sudeep is an architect who meets Ranya in a foreign country and though it does seem like he feels in love with her at the first sight, the story is something else which is revealed in the second half. After a few days of knowing each other, Sudeep gets to learn about the violent family background of Ranya back in Karnataka and reaches the village with the help of banker Sadhu Kokila before Ranya could reach her house and starts reforming each member of the family with love and is successful to a certain extent.
During this process Ranya who has now reached her home, is shocked when she learns about the family background of Sudeep and his affair with Varalakshmi. What is the shocking truth of Sudeep? Why did he have to come to Ranya?s family and what is the connection with the family is an interesting part of the story.
Though first half of the movie is dissolved around the songs and romance, it?s the second half of the story which engages the audience. Sudeep looks dashing onscreen and his role which is drafted with diligence makes sure that the actor is the heart and soul of the film.
Ravichandran comes across as a caring father when he meets his son and also showers his anguish when he learns that his son is following the path that leads to violence which he is against. Ramya Krishna?s picture perfect portrayal of a mother with elegance cannot get better than this. Varalakshmi Sharathkumar is portrayed as a bubbly girl with lots of energy while Ranya is impressive in her short role with nothing much to do on-screen.
Ravishankar is good at what he is- playing the baddie and no one could have done better than him. Sadhu Kokila?s comic relief in the story of faction politics is neatly sketched by the director. Sudeep?s thoughts as a director have been captured well by the camera handled by Shekhar Chandra. Rich picturization with apt music composed by Arjun Janya would want you to watch the movie.
Verdict: A perfect weekend entertainer