MEYAADHA MAAN



Produced by -Stone Bench Films

Scripted and Wielded by –Rathnakumar

Cast-Vaibhav, Priya Bhavani Shankar, Vivek Prasanna, Induja, Amurtha Srinivasan and Arun Prasath

Censor Rating-U

Running Time-147 minutes

Rating- ***1/2

Coming from the stable of Karthik Subburaj, newcomer Rathnakumar takes off to a brilliant start with this tale of romances that accommodated two pairs of lovers. It is indeed a breakthrough film for Vaibhav Reddy, the son of the well known Telugu filmmaker, A. Kodandarami Reddy under whose direction he debuted through ‘Godava’ (Telugu, 2007). His supporting role in Venkat Prabhu’s ‘Saroja’ (2008) in Tamil earned a fairly good recognition. Having been a constant in the films of Venkat Prabhu like ‘Goa’ and ‘Mankatha’ etc, Vaibhav has got his biggest break through this flick in which he plays a timid youth with suicidal tendencies! A perfect role to parade his talents and he had made the perfect use of the opportunity offered! The film has all the trappings to be a turning point in his career!

Yet another worthy screen debut of not one but two young girls-Priya Bhavani Shankar and Induja both of whom have carried their characters with customary ease! Mention should be made of Vivek Prasanna who appears as Vaibhav’s close friend. He is just so spontaneous in the scene where Vaibhav mits him black and blue; also watch out for the unintended humor in that segment where a priest comes forward to offer solace while remaining firm on his intentions…A very well crafted scene executed equally well!

 A romcom, the screenplay based on a short film, ‘Madhu’, one among the six shorts in the Bench Talkies anthology, this film’s focus is on the helplessness of youth running a light-music troupe who is unable to muster courage to express himself to a colleague who hails from a different community! Murali (Vaibhav) is affectionately called by his friends as Vinoth (Vivek Prasanna) and Kishore (Arun Prasath) ‘Idhayam’ Murali (on the lines of the characterization of the late actor Murali in the film, ‘Idhayam’)!
Never able to express his love to Madhu (Priya Bhavani Shankar) who is getting engaged, Murali decided to commit suicide and informs Vinoth who, with the third friend, Kishore’s help, stages a drama to bail out Murali!

Sudarvizhi (Induja), Murali’s younger sister is a chirpy young girl who is more courageous than him and probably because of this quality, she chooses to express her love for Vinoth to her brother Murali!

How the couples win each other’s hand is the interesting and humorous rest, of course, narrated in a manner that is a bit too lengthy!

Normally films whose screenplays are set against the North Chennai backdrop exhibit a tendency to go overboard but this doesn’t fit under that category!

The film has a lot of laugh it all aloud moments that stands out as the film’s USP!
Vidhu Ayyana’s good camera work besides the music of Pradeep Kumar & Santhosh Narayanan (he has rendered a song too!) help maintain a good tempo.


Had only the editor Shafique Mohammed Ali been a little more prudent with his scissors, the film would have been still more enjoyable!          

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