Maan Karate Review
by Sai Shyam G
Sivakarthikeyan has truly earned the admiration of general pubic and full house shows for ‘Maan Karate’ on Friday noon testify it. Similar to ‘Ethir Neechal’, ‘Maan Karate’ is also a story about how an underdog wins a prestigious title. However, execution wise, ‘Maan Karate’ leaves a lot to of loopholes. To start with, ‘Maan Karate’ means the art to escape from danger without attacking or possessing any trained skill.
The movie starts off interestingly as Sandy (Sathish) and his friends go for a trip to a forest, where they meet a sage. Sathish gets a newspaper that would be published 4 months later as a boon from the sage. Apparently, things start to happen according to the news published on the newspaper and the friends come to know that Peter (Sivakarthikeyan) will be winning a boxing competition and will be taking home Rs 2 crore. But, after their research, they find that Peter is not a boxer, but a jobless guy in Royapuram. However, they decide to make him a boxer and take the money. Meanwhile, Peter falls for Yazhini (Hansika) and this love angle too motivates Peter to win the competition. Meanwhile, another Peter (Vamsi Krishna), a deadly real boxer also enters the arena. All that is to be answered is – Which Peter will take home Rs 2 Crore?
Sivakarthikeyan is a bundle of energy throughout the film, but his mannerisms and body language get repetitive. He tries to project himself as a mass hero and the intro song proves just that. The lyrics of the intro song could set a wrong precedence to the youngsters.
Hansika has toned down well and looks prettier than ever. Her expressions in songs like ‘Un Vizhigalil’ and ‘Daling Dambakku’ are cute and adorable. However, her character could have been sketched properly. There is no reason why a girl like Yazhini would fall for a jobless guy in Royapuram. Vamsi Krishna looks convincing as a power-packed boxer, but gets over-board and loud at times. Sathish provides few one-lines that are hilarious, but few of them remind you of Santhanam.
Barring ‘Un Vizhigalil’ song, all the other tracks are peppy folk numbers. Anirudh’s songs keep the audience entertained somewhat, in the non-happening second half, but ‘Open the Tasmac’ is strictly aimed at front-benchers. Melody lovers might miss a track like ‘Idhazhin Oram’ and ‘Velicha Poove’ in this film.
Under Sukumar’s cinematography, the visuals shot at the forest are breathtaking, while the boxing sequences are convincing too. Sreekar Prasad’s editing scissors should have trimmed the second half, where the screenplay looks very static, everything building up to the inevitable and predictable climax. However, editor alone cannot be blamed with a screenplay that wanders a lot across 2 hours and 34 minutes.
Direction – Thirukumaran
The movie’s USP is touted to be the story which is penned by ace director AR Murugadoss. The movie starts off interestingly and promises to be an adventurous thriller, but only to unfold later as a cliched entertainer. Logic is nowhere to be seen in the film. Right from the start where the love blossoms between the lead pair to the climax, the viewers are taken for granted. It is baffling to understand how an untrained person can bring down a professional boxer, who has been a champion for 14 years.
On a positive note, the first half has few entertaining portions like Sivakarthikeyan’s mimicry scenes and ‘Thirukkural’ scenes, that might make you laugh in this otherwise illogical movie. One might even wonder if a sense of over-confidence has set in Sivakarthikeyan, who usually selects his script carefully. Or, have the makers decided to woo the audience with the screen presence of Sivakarthikeyan throughout? The movie does not fit into a particular genre as it tries to offer everything – love, comedy, supernatural experience and revenge. The movie could have worked better if more logic is instilled into the plot.