Direction : ARK Saravan
Production : Axess Film Factory
Starring : Aadhi, Nikki Galrani
Music : Dhibu Ninan Thomas
Cinematography : PV Shankar
Editing : Prasanna GK
Aadhi-Nikki Galrani starrer Maragadha Naanayam is a fantasy comedy entertainer laced with some ghost elements. The film is directed by ARK Saravanan with an ensemble star-cast involving Munishkanth, Daniel Anne Pope, Anand Raj and few more actors.
Aadhi plays an ordinary guy, who is choked by unbearable debt and thus decides to get involved in smuggling precious stones. He works Munishkanth and is acquainted with Daniel Anne Pope and together they carry out small level deals. Meanwhile, a precious stone called ‘Maragadha Naanayam’ has been passing through ages and different lineages beyond centuries. This becomes the challenging deal for Aadhi, who has to execute it only with the aid of few ghosts. Will he able to make it through or have his fate thrust him down?
A simple neat entertainer to cater all age audiences seems to have been the motto of filmmaker ARK Saravanan while penning the script. He has tried to tickle our funny bones with a treasure hunt flick, which we have seen at certain times in Tamil cinema. Treasure heist based movies always follow a same pattern of having several groups hunting for the same target and it has been reused here as well, but in decent stretch. The characterizations are very well etched and the actors get their footages more than enough. The first half has some stretched out scenes, where the depth of search for the Maragadha Naanayam keeps itself limited and more time is spent establishing the characters of Munishkanth, Arunraja Kamaraj and Nikki Galrani (Revealing their characterizations would be a spoiler). It is really nice to see that there are no songs, which otherwise would have tampered the momentum. The hilarious touch in places has been very well executed.
To be honest, Aadhi actually doesn’t need a flick like this to prove his proficiency. Moreover, he doesn’t perform more humour here and it’s others in the cast who make it more appealing to tickle our funny bones. Yes, he has that knack to create laughter, but director should have put more efforts in generating it through him. Nikki Galrani has done a perfect job and she appears throughout the film. Her change in modulation, body language and expressions from first 30 minutes to the rest of the film is appreciable. After a long time, Daniel Anne Pope gets to perform a full stretched role. Munishkanth remains as a showstopper. While in few scenes, we really wonder what is the issue with his trademark voice that goes different with some dubbing, but it is justified by the later point of time by the director. Anand Raj as the hilarious villain keeps up his show on top.
1. Comedy episodes, especially in second half
2. Background score and cinematography
What doesn’t work?
1. Dragging first half
Maragadha Naanayam has proper justice done to its genre, which will entertain family audiences to good extent. It’s a time pass entertainer that you can watch out leaving behind logic and rational skills.
Verdict : Passably entertaining
Rating : 4.5/10
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