Monday, July 19, 2010

Maanja Velu

Medium : Tamil
Starring : Arun Vijay, Karthik, Chandrasekhar, Dhanshika, Anu Hassan

Director : A.Venkitesh

Music : Manisharma

Actor Arun Vijay, s/o of senior acting couple Vijaya Kumar and Manjula, came to the field almost 15years before, through movies like 'Priyam', 'Murai Mappilai' etc. Till now, the 15+ films old hero has not got any big hits under his credit. More over he is not a popular name among malayalees also. This highly energetic young man is well versed in doing fight and dance sequences, necessary for the commercial movies. After 'Malai Malai', Arun Vijay once again acts under director A.Venkitesh for a commercial flick titled 'Maanja Velu'.

A.Venkitesh, the director of maximum action movies like 'Dum', 'Bhagavathi', 'Kuthu', 'Aye', 'Chanakya', 'Vathiyaar' etc has become an actor also, through the hit movie of the year, 'Angaadi Theru'. 'Maanja Velu' has got Dhanshika (one of the girls in 'Jayam' Ravi's 'Peraanmai') as the heroine. Yesteryear's romantic hero Karthik is doing a lengthy role after a gap (since 'Raavanan' has released in our state, well in advance before this movie, we have seen him in it). Director's favorite cinematographer, A.Venktesh is there behind the lenses with a good support. During the journey in watching other language movies, I have seen the telugu hit 'Lakshyam' (acted by Gopichand, Jagapathi Babu, Anushka, Kalyani), a couple of years back, only thing I have to analyze here is that how far A.Venkitesh is successful in remaking it as 'Maanja Velu'.

Subash Chandra Bose (Karthik) is an honest police officer in Trichy. His family consists of wife (Anu Hassan), his daughter, his father (Vijaya Kumar), mother and younger brother Velu (Arun Vijay). Velu, who is running a canteen in the college, comes across the student (Dhanshika) and started loving her. Bose wants to arrest Umapathy (Chandrasekhar), who is involved in all kinds of criminal activities. Umapathy kidnaps Velu's lover and the former reaches there and saves her. Bose came to arrest Umapathy, who has been responsible for robbing a bulk amount from a private chit fund. What happens to the villain, whether the police is able to arrest him is told in the nest portions of 'Maanja Velu'.

The director has made the movie incorporating all kins of commercial ingredients. There are high voltage action sequences, songs and dance in foreign locations, comedy scenes which have got no connection with the main story line etc. Action scenes by Kanal Kannan are excellent and fast paced, but the inclusion of same members in every action episodes should be avoided, i have clearly noticed a guy's face in more than 2 such scenes. It also happens in the case of choreographer Dinesh also. Repetetion of group dancers also happens there. Songs by Mani Sharma are not the best, but his heavy bg score is good for the mood. The comedy scenes involving Santhanam, Ganja KAruppu, Shakeela etc. is not extra ordinary.

Arun Vijay, who even shaved his head for the lead role has done his job well especiall
y in dance and action scenes. It is also good to see Karthik in the police officer's role. The black girl Dhanshika doesn't felt suited for the glamorous role. The most important miscasting happened in the case of Chandrasekhar. The actor who did character and hero oriented roles in the 80's, is a wrong choice for the villain role here. Vijaya Kumar is also not good in modern out fits, for the journalist's role.

There is nothing special to watch in an action masala mix like 'Maanja Velu'.

Rating : 4.5 / 10

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