Maanaadu review: Engaging and Entertaining!

Maanaadu: A time loop film for the masses

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Critic's Rating: 3.5/5

Friday 26 November 2021

Movie Title

Maanaadu review: Engaging and Entertaining!


Venkat Prabhu

Star Cast

Silambarasan TR, SJ Suryah, Kalyani

Venkat Prabhu's Maanaadu is a mainstream time loop film that is catered for the masses. The film is engaging, entertaining, and innovative from the word go, which is packaged as a pucca commercial one, for hard-core mass masala fans.

Abdul Khaliq (Silambarasan) comes to Coimbatore and sketches a plan to conduct the marriage between his Hindu friend Moorthy(Premgi) and his Islam girlfriend, on the day of the wedding in Ooty. He befriends Seethalakshmi (Kalyani Priyadarshni), his co-passenger in the flight. On their way back from Ooty to Coimbatore, they run into a man named Rafeeq (Dannie Annie Pope) only to know that a corrupt high-rank cop Dhanushkodi (SJ Suryah), and his subordinates try to assassinate Tamil Nadu Chief Minister (SA Chandrasekhar) in a grand political gathering. Rafeeq is their scapegoat but as he is unconscious due to the accident, Abdul Khaliq is their man now!

If the assassin is a Muslim, a communal riot would break out and Dhanushkodi's leader Paranthaman (Y Gee Mahendran), a close friend of the CM would become his successor. As per the plan, Abdul shoots the CM and the cops also kill the former but he wakes up in the flight and the loop happens again and again. Can Abdul Khaliq save the Chief Minister and win the cat and mouse game with the evil Dhanushkodi?

If you take out the time loop angle, Maanaadu is a proper commercial cinema but the sci-fi element has only amplified the entertainment value although it tests our patience in the initial few scenes. For example, the pre-intermission action sequence of Silambarasan TR is a superb stretch and adds so much mass value to the film. 

Silambarasan looks fit, energetic, and stylish, his super energetic screen presence says that the actor is back! The scene where he emotionally breaks down in the second half is a standing testimony for his acting prowess. After a long time, good to see him in a good entertainer where he underplays his character! 

SJ Suryah is our over-the-top villain but interestingly, the loud performance of the actor has helped the film big time, especially to bring laughter in the time loop concept that would have become super tiring without his presence! Suryah looks stylish and evil, he steals the show in the second half of the film. 

Kalyani has the third-best role after Silambarasan TR and SJ Suryah. Though she does not have too much screen space, Kalyani is refreshing and her comic scenes are good. The supporting actors including Y Gee Mahendran, Premgi, Karunakaran, Vagai Chandrasekhar, Arvind Akash, and SA Chandrasekhar have done a neat job.

Technically, Yuvan Shankar Raja amplifies the proceedings with his powerful background score. Kudos to the editor Praveen KL (100th film) for coherently editing and packaging the film that has a repeated set of scenes! Richard M Nathan's cinematography and Silva's action choreography are also impressive. 

On the downside, the film takes a solid fifteen to twenty minutes to establish the characters and their key roles. Overall, Maanaadu has a few minor flaws, but the film is engaging and entertaining with a high concept core theme. Go for it!

Verdict: A time loop film for the masses






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