Maari Movie ReviewPublished: July 17, 2015
Mass and Dhanush – Inseparable terms that goes well with this fans and they get retreated with immense joy and satisfaction. Dhanush has prominently been one of the rarest actors to have made a significant effort of juggling between performance oriented movie and mass commercial entertainers. With ‘Maari’, he proves it well with the latter category, where audiences, especially his fans are enthralled with laughter, applause and celebrations till the final credits. Produced by Magic Frames and Wunderbar Films, the film is directed by Balaji Mohan (Kadhalil Sodhapuvadhu Yeppadi and Vaayai Moodi Pesavum fame) with an ensemble star-cast of Dhanush, Kajal Aggarwal, Vijay Yesudas, Shanmugha Rajan, Robo Shankar, Gopi, Vinod, Kaali Venkat and many others.
It’s Chennai slum and everyone fears about Maari (Dhanush), the most dreaded local don, who lives a carefree life with his ‘Pigeon Race’. On the other end, his opponents always look up for a chance to beat him down in both the race and his arena as ‘Dhadha’. Sooner, a police officer (Vijay Yesudas) arrives in the area and has a severe clash with Maari. With all such situations happening, a beautiful girl named Sri Devi (Kajal Aggarwal) along with her family settles in the neighbourhood for a boutique business. Initially they have some issues and later Sri Devi starts having a soft corner for Maari, but things break loose when the latter gets to know about her real intentions.
Regardless of what the genre is, Dhanush always strives to give the best he can do to let his character have the substantial realms. As ‘Maari’, he has adapted himself to a new body language, mannerisms and Balaji Mohan has offered the best traits that make him look perfect for this role. Some of the sequences laced with mass elements that turns Dhanush fans so crazy over the time. Kajal Aggarwal appears throughout the film, but her role could have been far better. Playback singer Vijay Yesudas makes his debut in a negative role and has exerted something beyond his usual paradigms. Robo Shankar and Vinod are the real showstoppers winning our praises with their rib-tickling moments. Mime Gopi of Madras fame is excellent and Kaali Venkat is groovy with his usual style.
Anirudh slightly disappoints with background score, but as the songs have already become a massive hit, certain minuses get overshadowed. Om Prakash’s cinematography across the locales of Triplicane is very well etched with some good frames.
If you’re looking up for something on the flip side, there are few sluggish moments in the first half and it takes the actual story to open by the point of intermission.
However, ‘Maari’ stands out to be a well-tailored perfect treat for Dhanush fans and will precisely be a hit among the single screen and sub urban audiences.
Verdict: Custom Made for Dhanush fans