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Review by : Behindwoods review board
Starring: Raghav, Vivek, Nasser, Saranya, Thenmozhi, Yamini Sharma, Livingston.
Direction: T.P. Gajendran
Music: Dheena
Production: Muthulakshmi Movies
Just when you thought that the period of greatly dramatized, Visu-isque, heavy duty family flicks about individuals conning rich relatives for money and wealth is officially over, comes the T P Gajendran directed Magane En Marumagane. True to its title, the movie is about a man’s son (magan) and his son-in-law (marumagan) and who proves worthwhile during testing times. Tossed with a liberal dose of melodrama and suchlike, Magane En Marumagane is reminiscent of the tearjerkers that ruled the eighties, after which the television took them over.

A rich couple, the good-natured Nasser and the affable Saranya are attempted to con by Vivek and Paravai Muniamma. The plan is to marry Nasser’s daughter Yamini and siphon the couple off their assets. The plan succeeds eventually, but
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before it could be executed in full, Vivek lands in the prison on murder charges that he never committed. Nasser expends his wealth on Vivek and brings him back from the prison after which Vivek and Yamini move to greener pastures in search of better fortunes.

After being relieved of their earnings and without support from their son either, the couple become wanderers. Vivek, having turned around his fortunes, now sets out in search of his long last in-laws. In the meanwhile, Saranya meets with an accident and is declared brain dead. Her son Mithun is admitted for issues related to heart disease and needs an organ transplant. Now it’s up to Nasser to decide whether to grant his son forgiveness and allow his wife’s organs to be donated.

The story offers enough scope for social and moral lessons and none of it is squandered. With a suitable screenplay, T P Gajendran’s job looks just like child play - only having to extract the necessary display of emotions from the actors. Talking of which, what could go wrong when you cast Nasser and Saranya as a blameless couple who take the world for what it looks like. They go hand in hand and furnish their convincingly superior acting skills so the director and the audience could not ask for more.

Vivek’s sort-of negative role in the beginning of the movie does an about turn after he is rescued by his father in law. Although Vivek is not devoid of his usual oh-so-boring comical abilities, he has shouldered some serious responsibility in the movie switching from the waywardly who is out to con Nasser of his money to his transformation to a conscientious businessman who wants to set things right. Vivek’s character has depth and is etched out neatly.

The other aspects of the movie are manageable and the song Yaaradu Yaaradu is worth a mention for its pleasant picturization and the catchy tune. The pace of the movie tends to slacken in some places and it gets preachy as well over a period of time.

All said and done Magane En Marumagane is a family movie and given the huge success of tearjerker sitcoms in primetime television, it stands a chance to exert its pull over women and rural audiences in particular. For, we are a nation that still gets a kick out of melodrama in anything, let alone movies.

Verdict: Return of the so-called family movie!

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