Movie Review: Maaveeran

 The Madonne Ashwin directorial, Sivakarthikeyan starrer Maaveeran hit screens on July 14th.

Sathya ( Sivakarthikeyan) is a cartoonist who lives in a slum with his mom ( Saritha) and sister ( Monisha Blessy).  All slum dwellers  are  moved to blocks of flats by Jayakodi (Mysskin), a minister.  There their joys are shortlived as the paint falls, fixtures fall off and plasters peel off, in short shoddily built units are their lot. Yogi Babu plays a mason who is employed to do patchwork there.

While his mother simmers in rage as lives are in danger, Sathya believes that being powerless, they can do nothing except adjust and live their lives.

But in a strange turn of events, he is bestowed with a power. A voice ( Vijay Sethupathi's voice over) who is in effect that of one of his own creations, a valiant comic character, instructs him on future events and how to combat them, and he no choice but to obey. Due to this, he lands in a soup when he becomes the mortal enemy of the fraudster Jayakodi and his associate ( Suneel). Matters reach a head when Sathya is forced to make choices in the face of mortal danger. What happens next?

The film is a fantasy action drama and after his acclaimed Mandela, Madonne  Ashwin delivers another winner with Maaveeran.

The storyline is interesting and keeps you hooked till the end. The screenplay is fast paced, laced with loads of humor courtesy Sivakarthikeyan and Yogi Babu apart from the situational comedy  in the scenes like the fight sequences and face -offs with Mysskin.

Sivakarthikeyan's solid performance as a weak common man turned super hero ,(thanks to the voice he follows),  is on point and the actor nails his part superbly, be it with his timidity, comedy, sentiment or action. 

Mysskin, Suneel, Yogi Babu, Aruvi Madhan , Saritha and Monisha Blessy shine in their respective acts. Aditi Shankar as a journalist aces her act and the romantic angle is kept to a minimum, focussing on the storyline.  The whole cast is well chosen. Vijay Sethupathi's magical voice over is a shining star in the overall scheme of things.

There is no overdose of melodrama or sentiment to deviate from the story.  However, though the first half elicits laughter and is racy, the second half slows down a bit in comparison.

 The music by Bharath Shankar is peppy and the bgm adds to the flavor of the scenes. The camerawork is good and so are the stunts.

Overall, Maaveeran is an interesting family entertainer with a social message,  that keeps you engaged and entertained till the end.

Rating 3.75/5

Sivakarthikeyan as Sathya
Aditi Shankar as Nila
Sarita as Eswari
Mysskin as Jeyakodi
Sunil as Paramu
Monisha Blessey as Raji


Director:Madonne Ashwin
DOP:Vidhu Ayyanna
Music Director :Bharath Sankar
Editor:Philomin Raj
Costume Designer:Dinesh Manoharan
Art Director:Arun Venjaramoodu, Kumar Gangappan
Stunts:Yannick Ben
Lyrics:Yugabharathi,Kabilan,CM Lokesh,Vishnu Edavan
Producer:Arun Viswa Shanthi Talkies
Tamilnadu Theaterical Release :Red Giant Movie’s

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