Meaghamann Review

by Sai Shyam G


After making his debut with a classy rom-com entertainer Mundhinam Paartheney, director Magizh Thirumeni surprised the audience with a brilliantly executed action thriller Thadaiyara Thaakka. In his third film Meaghamann, he has tried to come up with an undercover cop story with Arya in the lead, who is eyeing to make a mark in a solo hero subject. Has the movie come out as an interesting product? Read on.

Plot


Shiva (Arya) and Chandra (Ramana) are part of an undercover operation to bring down the drug mafia. They earn the trust of two different gangs, but as fate would have it, their real faces are revealed soon. What happens to them and will the culprits be nabbed? Watch the movie to know the answers.

Performances


Arya, who was more spontaneous in a similar premise in Vattaram, somehow looks little plasticky in this film. For a role that is very intense and needs him to be on top of his game always, one might feel he could have been more agile. He does shine in scenes in which he displays his intelligence, but on the whole, he does not pack a punch. Hansika plays more of a cameo role in this film. She appears for more time during the end title cards than during the entire running time of the film. Did the director forcefully include her character, just to have a namesake leading lady? Ramana gives a neat performance in his short-lived role.

Ashutosh Rana, who plays the main antagonist, gets too subtle at times. Although it is good that he does not deliver loud and long dialogues, he also does not look menacing enough for the powerful role. There are a lot of lesser known faces in important roles, who chip in with convincing performances.

Technicalities


Under Thaman’s music, the club song is instantly forgettable and the montage song acts as a speed breaker. The theme music is the only piece of music in the film that impresses the audience and aptly, it has been used at quite a few places. Sathish Kumar’s camera work is handy during the stunt sequences and he is responsible for the stylish appeal of the scenes.

Direction – Magizh Thirumeni


We have seen a lot of undercover cop stories in Tamil, and director Magizh Thirumeni has tried to present one in his style. The initial sequences that reveal about the main characters in the film are interesting, especially the scene in which Arya is shown shooting the target. The movie has some gritty sequences, that might excite the action genre lovers. One scene that would really make you sit up is when Arya narrates a fictitious story to save his life. Watch out for it!

On the flip side, the director reveals too much information upfront, and does not come up with huge surprises later. It would have been ideal if the director played his cards close to his chest.

There are plenty of logical loopholes in the film, with the director taking his share of cinematic liberties as well. As always, the climax ends with a predictable fight sequence and the goons don’t use their pistols. On the other hand, thanks to the crisp running time of just around 2 hours and 20 minutes, the movie doesn’t test your patience much. Had the director concentrated on making the screenplay more exciting with adequate challenges to the protagonist, the end product would have been much better.

Written by Sai Shyam G |