Madura Veeran Movie Review

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Review by : Lakshmanan Dhoni
Shanmuga Pandian, Samuthirakani, Meenakshi
P. G. Muthiah
Santhosh Dhayanidhi
PG Media Works

Madura Veeran was a yesteryear MGR title. Now comes the new version in which the valorous sport of Tamil is praised a lot. Cinematographer-director P G Muthiah goes to Madurai, the favourite territory among filmmakers to render rural action entertainer filled with communal clash, betrayal, family sentiment and emotions. The movie speaks of Tamil culture at length.

Vijayakanth's son Shanmuga Pandian plays the lead, while the cast includes Samuthirakani, Meenakshi, Vela Ramamoorthy among others. Interestingly the filmmaker has not taken any sides and ensure that everything is real and raw.

A year ago, there were protests to conduct jallikattu, which was considered the valorous sport of Tamils, by students after Supreme Court's ban. The movie is about a youngster, who returns to his village from Malaysia after 20 years in the pretext of getting married. 

However, his prime aim is to conduct jallikattu along with the panchayats of five neighbouring villages and fulfil his father's dream. The movie revolves around Rathnavelu (Samuthirakani) who is the head of a village. There are two communities that are at loggerheads with each other. Rathnavelu tries to bring peace by conducting jallikattu which he hopes will bring people together.

Sadly Rathnavelu gets murdered and his wife goes to Malaysia along with her son Durai (Shanmugha Pandian). A couple of decades later, Durai returns to the village and says that he is back to marrry a girl from his native. But he has other plans. He wants to conduct Jallikattu and to find out the murderer of his father.

Samuthirakani does a wonderful act. He hogs all limelight in the first half. As a honest man, who wants to ensure peace between various communities in his village, he has done a wonderful act. Shanmugapandian plays it subtle.

He has been loaded with punchlines and swift stunts in the first half. Meenakshi and Vela Ramamoorthy have a part to play. Mime Gopi and PL Thenappan are also in the cast. Santhosh Dhayanidhi songs are earthy and rural. PG Muthiah's visual capture village in bright colour. Muthiah succeeds to come up with a good in Madura Veeran.

Madura Veeran - Son of the spoil

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