Critic's Rating: 17/5
Thursday 25 December 2014
Arya, Hansika Motwani
Undercover cop thriller is an evergreen genre across the globe. Be it Martin Scorcsese?s The Departed, Kamal?s Kuruthipunal or Puri Jaganath?s Pokkiri, the raw gritty setup has always been welcomed by both critics and masses. Magizh Thirumeni's Meaghamann also belongs to the same genre.
An undercover cop Arul (Arya) is on a mission to capture the underworld don Jothi (Ashutosh Rana) who runs a smuggling mafia in Goa. When both Arul and his friend Chandra (Ramanna) plans to arrest Jothi, things go haywire and the rest of the story tells us how Arul completes his mission by playing a mind game.
Just like any other undercover mission, this one too is filled with intelligent treatment and unexpected twists but that is not adequate for an edge of the seat entertainer. The basic problem with the film is that everything is well written on paper but on screen, there are only few towering moments. Most of the time, the screenplay looks shabby and the treatment doesn?t arouse any interest.
As the film?s backdrop is Goa, it gives us a feel of watching a dubbed Hindi film. May be a typical North Madras setup would have made it more beleivable. Bubbly Hansika looks cute and she shines in a well-written role.
Performance wise Arya has given his best as an undercover cop and ruthless gangster. His cool dude attitude fits the bill perfectly. The way he is presented is one of the highlights of the film. Also other artists like Ashutosh Rana, Sudhanshu Pandey, Ramana and Anupama Kumar have done their job with sheer perfection.
Technically, cinematography by SR Sathish Kumar is good while editing by NB Srikanth could have been better. Many portions needed trimming and a better editing style would have helped for the film?s pace and flow.
Overall, Meaghamann is another film where the plot is ambitious and paper work is good but falls short in execution. Acting in most parts is acceptable but the film never manages to captivate its audience.
Verdict - Average