By: By Moviebuzz
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Sunday 14 November 2004
Silambarasan, Jyothika, Goundamani, Atul Kulkarni
Though the film?s official director is debutant A.J.Murugan, the film seems to have been ghost-directed by Silambarasan! What makes the film work and create palpitation for viewers is its racy narration, excellent camera of R.D.Rajasekhar, editing of Antony and background music of Yuvan Shankar Raja which has the intensity and style of a well made thriller.
The opening scene is not to be missed when Simbu meets a psychiatrist (Mandira Bedi) and explains the fears within him. It is an excellent introductory scene that takes the viewer by surprise! Madhan Kumar (Simbu) is an accountant who joins a music college and meets Mythili (Jyotika) who initially screams and runs away when she sees him. Madhan mistakes her to be a ?loose? (mad) but she has a reason behind it. In one of her worst dreams she was brutally raped by a man who looked exactly like Madan!
Now cut to a man (Simbu)- who looks hip, riding a swanky bike and he seduces attractive young girls and later kills them. He is a psycho who is on a killing spree as he picks up girls from discos, train and restaurants. A policeman (Atul Kulkarni) starts investigation as a lot of young girls start disappearing in the city, and not even a trace is left behind, creating confusion as to whether it is a murder or kidnapping.
Slowly Mythili starts liking Madan for his good nature but he avoids her. Mythili finds out that the stalker in the city who calls himself Manmathan is none other than Madhan and gets him arrested. Madan confesses to the cops that Manmadhan is his younger brother who is a serial killer. In a flashback, he tells the police about his na?ve brother in village, Madan Raj (Simbu) who falls in love with his classmate Vaishnavi (Sindhu Tolani). The city-bred Vaishu had actually taken him for a ride and when he comes to know about it, he kills her.
He turns into a serial killer and takes revenge on all sexy young girls who have no moral values or scruples. Madan is left free after he is proved to be innocent but there is a twist in the climax, making scope for a sequel. The film has shades of Bharathiraaja classic Sigappu Rojakkal. If Kamal used to plant a red rose after each murder, here the hero burns the body of the victim, and store their ashes in bottles with names labelled on them!
Manmathan purely belongs to Silambarasan and has definitely infused a fresh lease of life to his career. He exudes menace with his expressive eyes. Simbu does wonders with a screenplay focusing on the cocky mind of a serial killer as he is able to create the moods, anxieties and sheer dread required for a thriller.
The supporting cast of Jyothika, Sindhu Tolani, Gaundamani have all done their respective roles well. Mandira Bedi in the introductory scene and Yana Gupta in an item number along with other Mumbai models add fizz to the proceedings. The songs of Yuvan, lingers in your mind. Most of them are in sync with the storyline and they have been choreographed well in chic sets designed by art director Rajeev.
In sum, Manmathan is perfect for a night out at the movies.
Verdict: Racy Thriller