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"Mannin Mainthan"



"Mannin Maindhan" ... dialogue is its strength.

DO FILMS need messages or are they made only for entertainment?

M. Karunanidhi believes in the latter and has written the screenplay and dialogue with much commitment, which shows. Action, comedy family sentiment and much more go into this film of Azhagar Films presented by Sree Thenandal Films.

Both Sathyaraj and Sibi have shown that they at home in both pathos and action sequences. In character, they are poles apart.

You have comedy and also some good songs with a pleasing photography. With all these ingredients to back up the message — that one should not resort to violence under any circumstance — is loud and clear with Rama. Narayanan deftly handling the subject. He is also the producer.

Mettukudi is a village where Bhairavamurthy and Gajapathy are vying for leadership. Of course, the villagers are divided into two sections.

One day Gajapathy plants a time bomb in the car of Bhairavamurthy but it is the driver who is killed. Bhairavamurthy sows the seeds of revenge in the mind of Kathiravan, the driver's son.

Bhairavamurthy's daughter Amudha and Kathiravan are in love. This irks Bhairavamurthy and the boy now has two enemies to tackle. How he does it is told with some interesting twists and turns.

Satyaraj is cool and calm as the inspector, who comes to the rescue of the young lovers.

Some of the punch lines prove that Karunanidhi is very much in touch with the present trend in cinema. Both Sibi and Sathyaraj have risen to the occasion, delivering the veteran's dialogue with confidence. Alex has done a character role quite well.

Vadivelu's comedy is not up to the mark.

Suha is beautiful and charming in the song sequences and has also tried her best to emote. Ponnambalam, Kumarimuthu, Balasingh, Suman Shetty and Thyagu have all done their work creditably.

The camera work by N. K. Vishwanathan is adequate and music by Bharadwaj enhances the proceedings.

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

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