Movie Review: ‘Maanja Velu’
September 25, 2015
Maanja Velu is all about a young man who revenges for the cruel death of his elder brother who was upright in his profession.
Karthik, yesteryear’s hero makes a comeback as an honest police officer, who takes on the most dreaded local don (Chandrasekar). The officer outsmarts the don in every respect but he is done in by a betrayal by a maverick youth (Karthik Kumar). Worse, the don successfully puts the blame of money laundering on the slain police officer.
Maanja Velu (Arun Vijay) gets furious and sets off on a mission to wipe off the humiliation as well as take revenge. Before getting into the bloody fight he meets a beautiful girl (Dhanshika) and falls for her.
Arun Vijay loyally repeats the acts of so called action heroes of Tamil films. He fights with vigour, sings with gay abandon, wanders around in a care-free manner, cuts jokes, teases the girl and later romances with her. Then he gets in to a mission to save the society from the all powerful don. Arun also tries to emote in sentiment sequences.
Director A Venkatesh, known for his masala flicks, has once again restored to his formula. He goes overboard in his attempt to project Arun as a leading star. The stunts are too much to digest and the emotions are hardly impressive. The twist in the form of betrayal by Karthick Kumar is laudable.
Arun Vijay wears lot of gold ornaments around his neck. While he impresses in fighting sequences, he falls flat when it comes to comedy and emoting. The weak screenplay makes the emotional sequences irritating. The climax becomes horrible with Arun beating up the villains one by one, uttering dialogues recalling his dead brother’s death.
Karthick still has the freshness and exuberance of youth around him. He handles the role with ease and his typical charm. Karthick Kumar, as a maverick young scientist and a passionate lover makes a strong impact with his acting skills.
Chandrasekar has done his part well and Dhanshika has provided the glam quotient for the movie. Like all heroines of Venkatesh, she too gets drowned and shoes her skin in abundance.
The comedy troupe (Santhanam, ‘Ganja’ Karuppu’, ‘Crane’ Manohar and Shakila) provide some relief amidst a meaningless screenplay. Mani Sharma’s music has nothing to write about.
‘Maanja Velu’ has all the ingredients of a masala flick but the problem is that it has no novelty or neatness to impress us.