Mankatha Movie Review-Style statement of Ajith


Mankatha Movie Review

Mankatha Movie Review

Cast: Ajith Kumar, Trisha, Arjun, Anjali, Lakshmi Rai, Prem G Amaran, Andrea, Vaibhav Reddy, Kainaat Arora
Direction: Venkat Prabhu
Production: Dhayanidhi Alagiri and Vivek Rathnavel (Cloud Nine Movies)
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Sakthi Saravanan

Ajith has the guts to don a negative role in his landmark golden jubilee film. ‘Thala’ has enacted the role of a police officer trying to loot a huge sum from the underworld dealers. Venkat Prabhu, who has a special liking for the game cricket, has chosen to look into the dirty game played behind the scenes in the name of betting. Instead of going deep into the menace he has opted to concentrate on the war between various players who want to grab the betting money. The movie is all about greediness and ruthless desire of different people with different backgrounds to earn huge money.

Story Line

The film, set in Mumbai, opens with an effort to kill an accused person (Arvind) by police. The hero makes a flying (literally) entry into the spot before the bullet reaches the target. Vinayak (Ajith Kumar) saves the accused person by killing the police personal.

Vinayak has an affair with Sanjana (Trisha), daughter of Arumugam Chettiar, who is an underworld player involved in betting and smuggling. Sanjana introduces him to her father without knowing the background of her father. Vinayak gets suspended but his act earns him the friendship of Chettiar, as Arvind is Chettiar’s lieutenant.

Chettiyar has to channelize 500 crore betting money during IPL finals. He has planned it perfectly but he has some hurdles in the form of special police squad headed by Arjun to curb betting and redeem the huge money. Vibhav, a member in his gang secretly plans to loot the money with the help of a tainted police officer and a cranky IIT graduate (Prem G Amaran). Vinayak joins them and the operation gets hotter.

The team successfully loots the money. Chettiyar and the police are frantically hunting for the small gang. The team gets split because of the greediness of a couple of team members. Vinayak and Vibhav are desperate to get back the money but Vibhav is caught by the police. Premji escapes with the money with the help of a call girl Sona (Lakshmi Rai). Vinayak wants to get the money at any cost. But he has to face Arjun, who is equally tough guy.

Who gets the money and how is the rest of the story.

Script Review

The title has a tag line saying “strictly no rules”. Venkat Prabhu’s story and screenplay justify this statement perfectly. The director has presented a story based on betting, gambling, and looting of huge money with some nuances. He has portrayed the greediness behind the whole operation well.

Venkar has made the movie interesting by making his script fast paced. He has filled the script with lot of twists and turns. He has made use of the huge star cast to make the proceedings interesting and attractive. Though the first half drags a bit the second half compensates with its pace. The climax is a real surprise.

On the flip-side, Venkat Prabhu has thrown the sense of justice out of the window in his pursuit to make an interesting film. A filmmaker has the right to represent the versions of the so called baddies but when unabated greediness of the lead players causes the looting of huge money and loss of large number of lives, the director should keep a distance from his characters. Prabhu has presented the whole thing without any sense of justice. You can tell the story of some greedy and ruthless persons but how can you celebrate their triumph?

Moreover, Venkat hasn’t looked at the way huge money is being generated illegally through cricket matches. He has chosen a sensitive issue but failed to present it with its complexities.

Coming to the logical dimensions, the credibility is missing in the looting operation and Ajith’s ‘dream’ plan to get the money is a boring experience. Prem G’s character is a clichéd one. Andrea and Anjali have been wasted.

But the surprising climax and the fast paced second half compensate for these flaws.

Cast Review

As mentioned earlier, we have to appreciate Ajith for donning a negative role with aplomb without any pretentions. His body language, casual style, dialogue delivery, and his expression of greediness have come out quite well. He also scores in romantic and comical scenes. He looks out of place when it comes to dancing.

Arjun as a smart police officer fits the bill perfectly.

Trisha as an innocent lover impresses a lot. She looks beautiful and dances with ease. Some of the close up shots betrays her age.

Lakshmi Rai sizzles in a small character with negative shades. The tall beauty is able to turn serious without losing her natural sex appeal. There is nothing much to do for Anjali and Andrea.

Jayaprakash has become a seasoned actor, who can handle any kind of role. He has handled the negative role amazingly well. Premji provides some comic relief. Vibhav and Aravind are effective.

Sakthi Saravanan’s camera work is a smart act. He has done especially well in fighting and song sequences.

Yuvan Shankar Raja has provided some peppy numbers (ex: Vilaiyaadu Mankatha) and a couple of melodies (En meni nee) which are appealing. His background score is fine and imaginative.

Positive Points

Acting by lead actors, especially Ajith and Arjun, Yuvan’s music, Shakthi’s cinematography, and fast paced script.

Negative Points

Lack of vision, dragging first half, and unconvincing scenes.


Venkat Prabhu’s Mankatha is appealing for its different backdrop and interesting script. But the film lacks broader vision about the issues that affect society like cancer.

Mankatha: Style statement of Ajith


  1. what do u knw abut society? get a life kollytalk. when hve u wrote a good review abut a film. u r the only site giving stupid reviews all the tym. please stop this review business coz ur pathetic at it. u make no sense at all

  2. hey, I always look forward to the review before watching the  movie. i liek the final statment in most of your reviews. I also read engeyum kadhal and watched the movie. I think its good to be critical. I am not that interested in watching the movie mankatha but i dont know maybe i’ll see it.

  3. @kh,

    You should get a life. The review should not be one-sided. The review talks about pluses and minuses in equal proportion. The same site had given good review for KO movie.

    If they give always good review, you would say the site is biased to the actor. If not you would say different.

    If you like the movie for some reasons, some body may not like the movie for different reasons…

  4. I haven’t watched the movie yet, so can’t comment on this review.

    However some other popular sites who have given good rating displays the ad for this movie in a big manner. After getting such huge amount from the producers they have no other option other than giving good reviews…

  5. @reena go n read all their reviews b4 u tell me to get a lyf mate. im nt supporting to ajith but all their reviews r lyk this. yh good review for one in movie n KO was an excellent movie.

  6. kh is right….a little appreciation wouldn’t hurt, but instead they opt to tear down any movie…maybe they hate movies?

  7. Guys i rarely watch Vijay & Ajith movies since its venkat prabhu direction i just watched & movie is a pakka entertainer & u guys wil surely enjoy…Dont expect logic, without logic venkat prabhu has created magic..Good movie…My rating would be 3.5/5

  8. It is a good movie . Yes we take film kike this film aiye  justice paakkirea neengal nijathil neethi paarungal, Kollaiyadikkiravanungalai kekkavenum enbathai ippadam thoondugirathallavaaaa?

  9. Hi…..guys…….pls don’t waste ur money…….by watching this movie………its not mankatha …its mockkatha

  10. First of all, nothing can be perfect and so does a movie… If someone really wants to appreciate movies with meaningful social messages, there are so many wonderful movies about which you can’t find a single mention in this site… People who watch a movie after reading reviews are the real dumb asses in this world.. They decide based upon other’s opinion and they unknowingly are slaves for other’s opinions

  11. First of all, nothing can be perfect and so does a movie.. And i hate the concept of reviews, it’s afterall somebody’s view… See the movie for yourself and decide… And i dont agree with the author’s view of a strong social message in this movie, nobody expects that in a ajith’s movie and the movie would probably be a flop if it had one

  12. After all review is nothing but a personnel view.. Views differ from person to person, but still if movie receives more number of positive views den the movie considered as hit. Suppose if the movie hav repeated audience den the movie considered as Super hit, if the movie achieved  in box office collection, well acclaimed critics & also if well received by audience den its Mega hit… My final word s never ever believe in reviews, jus go & watch movie & take a final call.

  13. Naan innum padam pakale …. But nalla padamo mokkai padamo movies are just for entertainment.As long as it serves the purpose….it’s fine.Pros and cons avvalo mukkiyam illai….

  14. After all review is nothing but a personnel view.. Views differ from person to person, but still if movie receives more number of positive views den the movie considered as hit. Suppose if the movie hav repeated audience den the movie considered as Super hit, if the movie achieved  in box office collection, well acclaimed critics & also if well received by audience den its Mega hit… My final word s never ever believe in reviews, jus go & watch movie & take a final call.

  15. Hey Smile enna thoongaliya ipdi shallow comment podre; movies should inspire; usher in style n revolution. Cinema is a substantial mass media in India. Nanban comes up with another thoughtful comment; review padikathe; padatha paarthitu review padi.

  16. Hey Smile enna thoongaliya ipdi shallow comment podre; movies should inspire; usher in style n revolution. Cinema is a substantial mass media in India. Nanbenda comes up with a thoughtful comment; review padikathe; padatha paarthitu review padi.

  17. @Vasin…adhan naanum solre.Review is just to give us an insight of the film.Before giving any comments,I have to watch the film.For me,a film is just timepass.Evvalo nalla padama erundhalum i don’t watch more than once.Inspire panna onnum thevaiyilla.I get my inspiration by watching Ramayanam and Mahabaratham…

  18. Eniku puriyama elthuve…aprom sudden a nethiku maathri en nose cut panniduve…epdi Ramayanam inspire pannuthu? For example I avoid running up the hill usually because if I give up I waste significant time. But Casino Royale a Daniel Craig oru scene oru steep slope fast a move panni villain orthan knocks down; super scene; immediately after the movie I went for a run up the hill; thinking that scene I could run for almost 10 minutes up the hill at a reasonable speed; athu than inspiration. Ramayanam epdi inspire pannum?

  19. @Vasin.Through Ramayanam I get inspired bec it shows one should be.A obedient son,truthful ruler,devoted husband,great father,loyal friend etc….Rama fits all roles suitably and so does Seetha,the embodiment of purity,patience,motherliness etc…Though it’s hard to follow their footsteps these days,it’s not impossible either.So I try to learn from them…

  20. Movie is mokkai and venkat prabhu please stop with chennai 28 like films or else your teue color will be shown….. Ajith a good actor most of the time land at wrong story and crew….. OMG it is big let down and these film doesn’t have style either as the review suggest… I couldn’t beleive y Ajith acpeted to act under this director( venkat prabhu may be good at making cine friends but he should also be responsible for that)……… Pros – Ajith (and he pulls people but do they enjoy after entering theatre ??). Cons – story, loose script, ajith trying to imitate  jack nicholson of batman joker in some scenes and it is not perfect, too many characters and no justification for the characters, usual mokkai of venkat prabhu(we can enjoy once but if u keep on doing the same oh Man ! we are tired), usual climax like in billa(rajini, ajith himself and again here OMG)

    Left it to u as u may think I am misleading but the fact is u will agree with me once u see the film (as naan petra inbhithay en ulgam anubavkitum 😛

  21. vasin have u read ramayana ?? most of the time you are very childish dude come on man please don’t say for the sake of saying

  22. Sari Sari nee consistent than illinu sollala but eniku specific a irkanum! Aama nee modern girl gym povela; Ramayanathla enga irku gym ku porathu?

  23. @CloudNineMovies: @SunPictures twitter… Mankatha breaks the total 50 days Collection of ‘KO’ in just a 1day …

  24. Vengat has tried for free publicity for his group i.e. Stupid Prem and team!!

    The movie sucks and Vengat has to learn how to direct a movie for a mass hero like THALA…. this proves that Vengat can direct those stupid movies with small time useless heros!!

    Movie sucks big time… Thala would have re-thought of acting for small time directors!!

  25. 1) The Movie Sucks
    2) Songs sucks
    3) This is Illiyaraja’s Family production
    4) Venkat Prabhu don’t know how to direct a movie of Mass hero like Thala
    5) Venkat Prabhu is proved to be directing movies with small time heros!

  26. * Songs sucks – Music as well as Cinematography
    * Venkat Prabhu is incapable of directing movies for a Mass hero like Thala 
    * VP had sought fame & Publicity for Prem – STUPID and RIDICULES!

    Thala should NOT ACCEPT movies of small time directors!
    Conclusion: Mangatha is a waste of time (Sucks big time) movie is like SAMBAR!

  27. No… I am a big time Thala Racigan…. but the movie is total waste of time… I don’t blame Thala’s acting but the f*** Director… he is capable of directing movies for PREM and team… mokka movies… not for Thala’s standards….

  28. Sorry boss… this time the revie is perfect! Movie is imperfect!! If you say Mangatha is a good movie then you should become a director and I shall hang myself before you could screen your first movie!!

  29. Venkat Prabhu already said that he had too many arguments with THALA during shooting – ask yourself why? (VP made THALA a stupid and he knew the movie will be a super sothappal.

    Think a moment why Thala didn’t attend the Audio release? He know the songs are not that interesting as it was in Thala’s other movies!

    Why thala didn’t come in public even for the movie release? Thala knew doing this movie was the biggest mistake he ever made!

  30. Ramayanam la gym illai othukurean.But they had yoga and other stuffs like martial art to keep themselves fit….So can I sit at home and start practicing with swords?My mom will kill me if I mess up the place.I look up to Lord Rama that does not mean I have to live like Rama.Ramar pattu vetti,angavastharam,kazhathu full a nagaiyoda,villum amboda suthuvar.Naanum appadi suthuna,enna aleka thookitu poi mental hospital-a padukavaipanga…is that ok?

  31. Mankatha rocks……………….enna villathanam  
    நானும் எவ்வளவு நாள் தான் நல்லவனாவே நடிக்கிறது….  
    A Racy Family Entertainer, Funny, Thrilling and Masalaic  
    Surely enjoyed with family….  
    Kudos VP and Team……  
    Watch it in cinema  
    for Maximum fun…..  
    i want both surya & thala to act in same movie…..surya as a hero & thala as a villan.  
    supera irukum……best of luck thala & his fans…….  
    by surya fan…..  

  32. I watched the film.My view-
    A complete action masala.Certainly not a family entertainer bec of the fighting,gambling,abusive language etc.A must watch for those who love action and are into cricket,betting etc.Men would love it.Ladies…unless you know what’s going on,don’t bother watching.We rather head to the salon.Indha padathule heroesnu yaarume illai.Ellarum villains than.One is trying to outdo the other for money.Comedy was handled by Prem G in which 30% was laughable and 70% mokkai!For Ajith,i did like his new avatar.He was charming as always.I feel that he could have opted for a better script than this.There was a “Billa” flavour to his character especially towards the climax.Arjun…i think the best actor who can pull off a cop’s role brillaintly till date but then again i feel he has been wasted.Heroines….whatever for were they in this film?Completely used as eye-candies…I think out of the lot,Trisha and Lakshmi rai had scope for performance.After VTv and Dham dhoom,this is like cakewalk for them.Andrea and Anjali were totally wasted!The rest of the cast,Vaibav,Aravind etc….have done their roles well.I liked the Mangatha song..Ajith rocked in that!Also the duet of him and Trisha…nice tune.So out of 10,i would rate it a 7.5.

    Mangatha-Panam pathum seiyum!

  33. படம் ஆரம்பித்த அரை மணி நேரத்தில் ஏதோ ஒரு சத்தம், திரும்பி பார்த்தல் குரட்டை விட்டு தூங்கிகொண்டிருந்தார் ஒருவர்!

  34. ஓடுற படம் ஓடத்தான் போகுது, ஓடாத படம் உட்காரத்தான் போகுது, ஆனா எப்படி இருந்தாலும் உலக தொலைக்காட்சிகளில் முதல்முறையாகத்தான் போகுது.!

  35. Bass! after you worte above i knew Prem G was the comedian int he movie…. because i never was laughting or smiling but i was irritated to watch this stupid movie!! Ladies were out for smoke during the movie…. and guys were also seen out for each song!!

  36. Ladies smoking??? 🙁
    Yes…comedy track was such a mokkai!The first song was not that bad compared to the rest.

  37. is above average..yellarum dharalamamaga pakallam..NJ big cinemas’le nalla crowd..only after robot i have seen crowd like this here..never thought ajith has so many it for ajith n arjun..3* out of 5*

  38. This movie is a just disgrace to New change in Tamil cinenma..Cheap story and amatuerish I wonder all the hype came from I think it was Yuavn and all the names …Even songs are boring..sorry for those who wasted tme and money..