All’s not well that doesn’t end well

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action rules Madurai Sambavam
action rules Madurai Sambavam

This one’s for the frontbenchers. The lead pair, Radha Ravi, and Anand Babu in a neat cameo come up with good performances, but director Eureka has not utilised them well in Sri Thenandal Films’ Madurai Sambavam (A) presented by NDTV Imagine Film Company and Wide Angle Creations. The climax is a huge letdown too.

Radha Ravi, the village bigwig, controls things with his muscle and money power. His son, Hari Kumar goes on a bashing trip, thrashing anyone confronting him; even his father is unable to control him. The law is treated with scant respect, and the police is at its wits’ end. In walks Inspector Anuya to take charge of the situation.

This is Anuya’s second film, and she had acquitted herself well in the role of a gutsy and resourceful police officer. But, the climax lets her down.

Hari Kumar fights and dances well, but should learn to emote better. The movie is a good comeback for the talented Anand Babu.

Ponnambalam and Karthika have done their roles well. John Peter has scored the music, but there is little evidence of any work having gone into the songs or background score. Only ‘Oru Ilavam Panchu’, sung by Harish Ragavendra and Sadhana Sargam, makes an impression. Sukumar’s camera work is pleasing, but editor Sai Suresh should have pruned the length of the film. Director Eureka has also written the lyrics. If only he had paid attention to the screenplay and worked more on the climax instead of loading the film with action scenes.

Madurai Sambavam

Genre: Action

Director: Eureka

Cast: Harikumar, Radha Ravi, ‘Kadhal’ Dhandapani, Anand Babu, Anuya, Karthika, Ponnambalam.

Storyline: A powerful village head and his unruly son are tamed by a clever police officer.

Bottomline: Where’s the screenplay?




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