Manam Kothi Paravai Movie Review
Cast: Karthikeyan, Athmiya, Singam Puli, Illavarasu
Direction: S. Ezhil
Music: D Imman
Cinematography: Suraj Nallusamy
S. Ezhil, known for his sentimental, family-based movies like ‘Thulatha Manamum Thullum’ and ‘Poovellam Un Vaasam’, is not seen in the industry for quite some time after his forgettable flick ‘Deepavali’ featuring Jayam Ravi. The director is back with ‘Manam Kothi Paravai’ with Siva Karthikeyan in the lead.
Kannan (Siva Karthikeyan) is a carefree youth who assists his father (Ilavarasu) in his construction business. He spends time with his friends (Parotta Suri, Singam Puli and ‘Deiva Thirumagal’ Kishore).
Kanna loves his neighbour Revathy (Athmiya), whose father and uncles are most dreaded goons in the village. He gets a shocker when he decides to reveal his love to Revathy. Her family has arranged her marriage with an influential man.
Kannan’s friends from Mumbai (Sreenath and Chams) kidnap Revathy.
There is a twist in the tale. Revathy says that she has no romantic interest on Kannan. He is just a friend, says the girl.
Meanwhile, the girl’s family searches frantically to find their girl and get hold of Kannan’s friends for that.
The rest of the story deals with how both the teams handle the kidnap drama. It also reveals whether Kannan manages to win over Revathy’s heart.
The director has succeeded in providing us with a romantic comedy with the help of a bunch of comedy actors. The film has a right mix of romance, comedy, and emotions (read sentiments).
Ezhil has presented it in a simple and straightforward way. There is nothing flashy about the story or the screenplay.
The way the protagonist is portrayed is quite realistic. He is not our usual macho hero, who could handle hundreds of enemies single handedly. Here, our hero faces problems and overcomes them in near real-life situations.
The kidnap and searching scenes are intertwined with humorous incidents. There are no unwanted knots or sub plots in the storyline.
The movie does take a long time to come to the climax and thus tries the patience of the viewers. Also there are some clichéd scenes that mar the interest towards the script.
Cast and crew analysis
Siva Karthikeyan is the rising young star. After trying his hand on a few small roles, he has taken up the task of being the central character of a movie. He has delivered a measured performance in a realistic manner. He hasn’t gone overboard while he is not outstanding either. Impressive debut as a hero.
Newcomer Athmiya fits the bill as the girl next door. He acts well when she says that she has no romantic feeling for the hero.
Singam Puli, Parota Suri, Sreenath, Vennira adai Murthy and others add spice to the fare through their humour quotient.
D Imman and cinematographer Suraj Nallusamy have done their respective roles well. Imman’s music is catchy. Suraj has given a realistic look to the movie through his camera.
Realistic screenplay, comedy, and music.
Too slow in reaching the climax and clichés.
Ezhil has proved his mettle in providing an emotional movie laced with humour. He could have made the movie outstanding if he had increased the pace and avoided clichés.
Manam Kothi Paravai: Appealing to the heart