Movie: Madura Veeran
Direction: P G Muthiah
Cast: Shanmuga Pandian, Samuthirakani, Meenakshi
Music: Santhosh Dhayanidhi
Cinematographer: P G Muthiah
Editor: Praveen K L
Genre: Action, Drama
What is it about: This film is a social drama which revolves around a village, which has been devoid conducting Jallikattu for years due to unforeseen circumstances. How that unfolds and is been tackled forms the crux of the story directed by P. G. Muthiah.
Why it’s disappointing: There’s hardly anything one would find as a mistake in the film, as it had a straight notion and didn’t wander much.
What to watch out for: One would think this will be another run off the mill rural subject on Jallikattu issues. To be honest it isn’t and it had a straight notion on where it was headed and didn’t compromise much on the commercial aspect. Director knew what he wanted and made sure it reflected exactly on the screen. The film runs on a short lease and doesn’t wander. The subject was handled well without hurting any sentiments and was laced with mild comedy which went with the story.
The lead of the film Shanmuga Pandian is not new to the silver screen, his first film didn’t fare well with the audience and the box office, but this might not be the same case. His character was much grounded and will come as a surprise. He still needs little polishing on the performance, and might get to it if continues to choose potential subjects.
Meenakshi was a debutante and did what was required of as she had a very little scope for performance.
Samuthirakani was crisp and did a great job. Which was closely followed by Mime Gopi and Vela Ramamoorthy.
The cinematography by the director himself was in sync of course. And the editing was sharp by Praveen KL. Music by Santhosh Dhayanidhi was good and was perfectly backed with strong lyrics by Yugabharathi.
Verdict: PG Muthiah, did a neat job in making a film which had its heart in the right place. And it was backed with commendable performances. Definitely worth a watch, and if it had released during the Pongal, would’ve scored a lot better.