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Malaikottai
 
Malaikottai – Masala comedy, no strings attached
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Malaikottai
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Malaikottai

Cast : Vishal, Priyamani, Ashish Vidyarthi, Devaraj, Ajai, Urvasi, Nirosha

Direction: Boopathy Pandian

Music: Mani Sharma

Production: T Ajay Kumar

Vishal flexes his muscles and defies all the rules of gravity in the name of stunts, cracks one-liners most of the time and romances Priya Mani the rest. If you are keen on watching a movie that does not slip from the predictable rules of commercial cinema, Malaikottai is just the kind you are looking for. For it has six stunt scenes, five song sequences, a romantic sidetrack and an acceptable mixture of wisecracks not necessarily in that order.

Boopathy Pandiyan seems to have a simple conviction for his movies. An undemanding plot decked with a neat script strewn with the necessary potboiler ingredients. Pandiyan has been partially successful with this theory for Malaikottai. Loaded with all the racy elements, the first half of the movie travels at a supersonic jet’s pace. However, the director seems to have just lost track soon after that is evident from the sluggish tempo of the movie in the second half.

Vishal is a youngster who lives in Pattukottai. One of these days, he gets into an ugly scuffle with the desperado of the town who tries to extort land from his friend’s father. After being arrested by the cops for this offense, Vishal is produced in the court where the justice releases him with a condition that he signs in the Police Station in Trichy (there goes the title reference) everyday.

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This circumstance brings Vishal to Trichy where his love blossoms with Priya Mani. The girl is, however, ignorant of Vishal’s love and trying to get rid of him, lies that she is in love with Ajay – who incidentally is the brother of another baddie Devaraj. Soon enough, for this deception, Priya Mani gets into trouble with Ajay who tries to take advantage of her and the situation. And the rest of the story, as you can garner, isn’t too unpredictable.

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Vishal hasn’t squandered even a mere possibility to show what he got. He plays football with a tender coconut, performs unmistakably choreographed aerobics to squash the baddies, and does his best to fit into the romeo-act. Here is a slice of one of his stunt sequences to better evaluate the director’s creativity. Vishal pounces upon the villain and throws him onto an electricity distribution transformer. The transformer explodes with a heavy thud after the collision and all the electric cables break free. Vishal, complemented with a thundering background score, picks one of the smoldering cables and lights his cigarette.

If Priya Mani’s Paruthiveeran performance hasn’t elapsed from your mind, you might be in for a rude shock in Malaikottai.

Apparently, it isn’t quite unheard for a commercial movie to fritter away the female lead’s full potential. Nevertheless, Priya Mani hasn’t quite let down her fans; proof remix version of the famous song ‘Aatha Aathorama Vaariya’.

The couple Ashish Vidyarthi and Urvasi tries their best to tickle your funny bones and makes no bones about their intention. Ajai, Devaraj, Kadhal Thandapani, and Ponnambalam are the other villains whose villainy is belittled by the director’s decision to show them in a lighter vein. Mani Sharma’s music is just passable, however, the Aatha Aathorama Vaariya remix is sure to stay in the charts for quite some time. Vaithi’s camera speaks by itself and Editor Sashi has rendered a crisp job in the first half of the movie.

In all, we recommend Malaikottai if all you need is a mindless laugh, however, don’t expect to laugh like a drain though.

Verdict - An average masala-mix entertainer

 
 
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