Direction : Rajasekhar
Production : Escape Artists Motion Pictures
Starring : Vimal, Anjali, Soori
Music : N. R. Raghunanthan
Cinematography : V.S. Tharun Balaji
Editing : Vivek Harshan
When filmmaker Ezhil managed to engross audiences with a simple yet entertaining movie titled ‘Desingu Raja’, his assistant Rajashekar has come up with a similar paradigm in his maiden debut ‘Mappillai Singam’ starring Vimal, Anjali and Soori in lead roles with a huge star-cast of Radharavi, Munishkanth, Kaali Venkat, Lollu Sabha Swaminathan, Madhumilla, Jayaprakash and many others.
Set in the backdrops of Theni, Radharavi plays the role of a chairman, who has been constantly winning the elections and Munishkanth, who has been losing to him over the lineages. Both these families have a strong resentment for each other. Vimal plays the role of Radharavi’s nephew and Anjali as the daughter of Jayaprakash, who is a cousin girl to Munishkanth as well. With Vimal and Anjali developing soft corner for each other, their siblings are reported of having eloped outside the village for marriage. With the situations turning too complicated, Vimal and Anjali are urged by situations to contest in chairman elections. Will they be able to break all odds and unite as they wanted forms crux of the story.
Just as mentioned by the beginning of this review, director Rajashekar has aped the same pattern of ‘Desingu Raja’, which didn’t have any logic, but instead managed to engross the audiences, especially the one from rural backdrops, where the groups never expect a ‘Sherlock Holmes’, but an ordinary film that keep them occupied for next couple of hours. Although,. there are too many characters in the film creating perplexed ambience, their humorous episodes keep us convinced. Especially, the director’s ability to include a foreigner as Vimal’s friend and finally offering a complete significance to his role by the end is appreciable. The hilarious episodes of Soori, Kaali Venkat and Lollu Sabha Swaminathan are one of the highlighting features.
Vimal and Anjali have always been appreciated for their onscreen chemistry. While Vimal plays the role with ‘Kalavani’ shade, Anjali repeats the one in ‘Kalakalppu’, which suits well indeed. Soori, Kaali Venkat and Lollu Sabha Swaminathan offer the best toast of humour along with Munishkanth as well. Radharavi, Jayaprakash and others have their due credits with impeccable performance though miniscule.
1. Fun filled screenplay
2. Songs and Comedy
3. The casting and their performance
What doesn’t work?
1. Too many characters that create confusion
2. Logic missing
Although, there is no logic in ‘Mappillai Singam’, it manages to keep us entertained with good humour and entertainment elements.
Verdict : Happy moments guarantee
Rating : 4.5/10
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