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Mahesh Saranya Matrum Palar

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By: By Moviebuzz

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Saturday 29 November 2008

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Movie Title

Mahesh Saranya Matrum Palar

Director

P.V. Ravi

Star Cast

Shakthi, Sandhya, Saranya, Santhanam

Who can resist a good love story? But sadly, if there's only one reason which makes Mahesh Saranya Matrum Palar watchable is Shakti who plays lead role as a dutiful elder brother. He is in very good form even though the film isn't, with its old-fashioned plot points and characters. But it's not entirely unwatchable due to the manner in which it is narrated and the final twist in the story.

Mahesh (Shakthi) comes back to his family from Chennai where he is studying, for the wedding of his sister Keerthana (Saranya) whom he dotes on. He starts telling her about a girl Saranya (Sandhya) whom he accidentally meets and falls in love. Slowly, at regular intervals this narration continues as everyone on the large household joins one by one to hear Mahesh?s love story. Finally on the day of Keerthana?s marriage a twist in the story happens as Shakthi is forced to confess about the climax of his love story that leaves everyone shocked!

There's a desperate need for reinvention to script writers in Tamil who etch out an assortment of 80s-style supporting characters like a whole lot of members in a joint family who sing, dance and play badminton together. All of them are clich?d caricatures like men in white veshtis, ladies in kachivaram sarees, daughters, a good-for-nothing son-in-law and plenty of children.

Shakthi delivers an earnest performance but fail to rise above the flawed script. He leaves an indelible impression with a performance that is understated and mature. Saddest of all, is that the on-screen chemistry one expects in a film of this nature is truly missing between him and Sandhya who looks a mismatch and their romance lacks any spark.

Sandhya the leading lady of the film has no role to speak of. She might have been a pleasant distraction, had she paid closer attention to her styling and make-up. Santhanam just about scrapes through the comedy scenes with a few light moments. As Mahesh?s cute little sister, Saranya has a lengthier role than Sandhya, and she does a neat job.

On the whole, this love story fails to touch your heart. If you're not very fussy about wanting to watch something smart and original, then give this film a chance, it's just ok.

Verdict: Average