Maanaadu – A highly engaging “Repeatuu” entertainer
Fans have been waiting for close to three years to watch the magic combo of Simbu and Venkat Prabhu in action on the big screen. Amidst a high last minute drama that could rival a blockbuster hit film , ‘Maanaadu’ finally released today. Does the film live up to the hype? It sure does.
Abdul Khaliq (Simbu) flies down to Coimbatore from Dubai to help his close friend a Hindu boy to marry his Muslim sweetheart who is getting married to someone else in Ooty, When they take off with the bride a car chase ensues in which Khaliq’s car runs over Rafiq (Daniel Annie Pope). When they try to help the grievously injured man a top cop Danushkodi (S.J. Suryah) arrives and arrests them. Holding the friends hostage the cop forces Khaliq to assassinate the chief minister Arivazhagan (SAC) who is speaking in front of lakhs of people in a public conference. Khaliq, to save his friends, kills the CM and is killed by security forces. Then to his utter shock Khaliq finds that he is trapped in a time loop and the same day keeps repeating to him. Does he save his friends or not and can he break the loop or not is what ‘Maanaadu’ is all about.
Simbu has been telegraphing a comeback for the past few years or so and here he has finally arrived and that too with a volcanic bang. He has performed to his full potential here in all departments. The scene in which Simbu outwits S.J. Suryah by confusing Y.Gee Mahendra is a scream. The imaginatively choreographed fight sequence in a godown where Simbu dies a few times and develops his next move is fab. There is also another moment when Simbu weeps in a helpless state which is very moving. On the whole Simbu breathes mass with just his swag and not even a single punch dialogue. S.J. Suryah as the antagonist Dhanushkodi is the perfect foil for Simbu and he plays to the gallery in every scene he appears. The seasoned actor exhibits the escalation of tension every time his plans go awry due to Simbu and the “Vandhaan Suttaan Repeatu” line has the crowd roaring. Veteran comedy actor Y.Gee Mahendra is the surprise package here and matches upto Simbu and Suryah in the climax. The cute looking Kalyani Priyadarshan has a nice role to play and she does it in style.