Review by : Suresh
Sivakarthikeyan, Hansika Motwani, Soori, Vamsi Krishna, Writer Shaji, Sathish
Comedy always sells in Kollywood. In the recent past, light-hearted films have always struck a chord with the masses. Sivakarthikeyan known for hosting shows in a lighter vein in satellite channels is out with his next Maan Karate. Directed by Thirukumaran, the movie has Hansika playing the female lead.
The high point of the movie is that Anirudh, the sough after music composer, has scored music and the story is penned by filmmaker A R Murugadoss. Soori and Vidyut play part of the movie.
Doing a fun movie loaded with commercial elements is no easy task. Filmmaker Thirukumaran seems to have understood the difficulty and walks the extra mile to deliver a convincing film. But a clichéd second half and a some lewd comedy mars the show.
An expectation runs high thanks to Sivakarthikeyan and Anirudh coming together and the massive publicity campaign by producers. Does the film live up to the hype? It is the million dollar question.
It is yes to an extent. Royapuram Peter (Sivakarthikeyan) is a fun-loving youth and his major wish in life is to win the heart of his girlfriend Yazhini (Hansika). He acts as if he is a karate master but that lands him in trouble. He is forced to fight a champion. As Peter has to fight it out in a boxing tournament, Yazhini comes to his support.
Does he manage to win in the match is what Maan Karate is about. Sivakarthikeyan's comical one-liners, Hansika's glamour and rich visuals by Sukumar makes it count. Add to it the lovely BGM of Anirudh, the end product is full of sheen.
Maan Karate has action, fantasy and comedy at right mix. Sivakarthikeyan is the pivot. However action and humor comes naturally to him while in serious scenes, he misses out.
He has improved his dancing skills a lot. Hansika's body language is god. Soori cross limits at places in the name of comedy. Thirukumaran has managed a tight-rope walk well. Sukumar's camera is at work and Thirukumaran's script gets necessary lift.
But a deja vu ride is what one is assured when the film ends.
Fist of fury