Maatraan Movie Review
Cast: Suriya,Kajal Aggarwal, Isha Sharvani,Sachin Khedekar,Tara
Music: Harris Jayaraj
Director: KV Anand
Producer: Kalpathi S Aghoram
Banner: AGS Agoram Entertainment
The successful and irresistible combination of Suriya and K.V. Anand, which scored heavily in Ayan a few years ago, is back with a bang. To hit the nail on its head, the duo hasn’t disappointed the long wait the fans had to endure for the theatrical release of Maatraan. It looks like Anand, who has an eye not only for shooting in foreign countries but also in involving those countries in his script, has come out with yet another winner.
Let’s now take a ‘sneak peak’ in to the much-awaited script in recent times. Genetic scientist Ramakrishna’s(Sachin Khedekar) wife (Tara) delivers conjoined twins as her first child(ren). Strangely enough, Ramu and his wife are advised by the doctors to ‘kill’ one child so that the possibility of the other child surviving and living longer is created. As you expected and guessed rightly, Ramu’s wife refuses to do so and vows to herself to bring them up together showering equal and love and affection on both.
Twins Vimalan and Akilan (Suriya) are literally ‘inseparable’ both physically and mentally. However, their character differs from each other by a huge margin. While Vimalan comes across as shy, educated and well-mannered, Akilan is the opposite type: he cares a least about everything, he’s raw and lacks the fear for his life. The irony is that the twins survive on one heart only, which the Almighty has placed in Vimalan’s side of the body.
Professional jealousy ensures that Ramakrishnan’s novel ideas and suggestions are overlooked by his his employers. He ends up feeling exasperated despite possessing limitless talent and abundant energy. His wife encourages him to launch his own firm making health drink for children with the brand name Energian. He courts success sooner than expected. At the success bash of the product, the twins come across Anjali (Kajal Aggarwal) and both of them fall head-over-heels in love with her. Anjali, however, likes Vimalan’s company and his mannerisms.
Volga, a Russian girl employed by Ramu’s professional enemies, befriends the twins to use them to find the company’s patented drink-making formula. Vimalan gets a hint that Volga was, in fact, trying to stop his father from committing a criminal act and before he could uncover the truth, Volga dies under doubtful circumstances not before she swallows an all-important pen drive containing some ‘vital data’. Despite Ramu’s efforts, he couldn’t get it whereas it’s Anjali who gets it and promptly gives it to Vimalan.
The turn of events which follow result in Vimalan dying before the doctors transplant his heart to Akilan. Watch the film to find out whether Ramu’s ‘act’ was unearthed or whether Anjali still loved Vimalan’s heart which was now inside Akilan’s body.
KV Anand, the cinematographer-turned director, does dwell deep into unheard of subjects. This time too, he’s taken up a very different script which is unheard of in the annuls of the history of Tamil films. The way he has handled the struggle between (uncontrollable) nature (controllable) science is really commendable. The script has many twists and turns in it, enough to keep the audiences sit glued to the screen for more than two-and-a-half hours.
However, the script is not without its share of flaws. Akilan transforming totally like Vimalan after the demise of the latter is incomprehensible. Also, the director, as a script-writer, could have shown more responsibility and seriousness in showing the involvement of some foreign countries in a volatile issue. The sensibility in dealing with ‘foreign countries’ in the script is sadly missing. The way Suriya gets things done in Ukraine, shown to be under army’s control, smacks of childishness.
Cast and crew analysis
Count on him to dig water from a rock and he’d do it for you. Over the years, Suriya has become a complete actor and slips into the roles given to him with consummate ease and Maatraan is no exception. Suriya’s contrasting display in the roles of Vimalan and Akilan is simply mind-boggling. It’s not his fault that the character lacks the panache towards the story’s end.
Bubbly Kajal Aggarwal looks gorgeous and displays her curvaceous body to great effect, much to the delight of her fans. She shows glimpses of her acting potential as well. Bollywood’s Sachin Khedekar fits the villain’s role as a pair of hands would fit a glove. Every other artiste has done his/her part responsibly.
Stunts are a great revelation for Suriya, who has already emoted and danced his way into the audiences’ hearts. Peter Hein deserves kudos for training Suriya fit enough: watch out for the stunt sequence at the park. Cinematography is very well but songs by Harris Jayaraj are rather unimpressive except for Rettai Kavithai.
However, Harris makes up for an excellent background score throughout the film.
Different storyline, fast moving script, Surya’s solid performance, and spectacular scenes.
Lacking in credibility in many portions, not-so-good songs, and tedious second half.
Overall, the film qualifies for interesting viewing with some spectacular scenes and stunts despite some serious logical flaws.