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MAATHARAM MOVIE REVIEW
by : Behindwoods review board
Mammootty, Arjun, Sneha, Nassar, Atul
Maatharam has been in the news for a long
time now because the film has Mammootty
and Arjun in lead roles along with a huge
array of actors in supporting roles. That's
not it. Directed by Aravind, the movie
is produced by Henry who has given us
gems like Marumalarchi and Bharathi Kannamma.
With all the right ingredients, it is imperative that
the movie connects with the audience. It is not a
tough job to assume the movie's genre especially with
Arjun in the lead. There were so many patriotic movies
that we have seen. A few movies hit the right chord
and a few missed the mark completely. The plot in
most patriotic movies is almost the same but it is
only the treatment that separates good movies from
the rest. How does Vandae Maatharam fare?
Mammotty and Arjun are IPS officers. Mammooty is the
chief of the Special Investigation branch while Arjun
is his confidant. The movie opens with Nasser, the
country's Prime Minister, calling for an All India
meet to discuss the country's current state of hunger
and the importance of the integration of National
Rivers for better supply of water for agriculture.
He also sets a date for inauguration of the plan in
Kanyakumari. This news is not welcomed by a terrorist
organization which plans to thwart the idea by killing
the PM and all those present in the function with
the help of a bomb.
As is always the case, a terrorist sneaks his way
into India and starts to plan for D-day with his allies
who are already settled here. Mammootty and Arjun
are given the responsibility of hunting down the terrorist.
Though they manage to track the terrorist down, the
masterminds in Pakistan still communicate through
hereditary means. When all is going to end, the cops
finally manage to foil all the attempts made by terrorists
and save the country.
What you have just read may sound clichéd and
give you a sense of déjà vu. But Vandae
Maatharam works. As said earlier, the treatment is
what separates good movies from the rest and this
movie definitely differs from the rest. T. Aravind
does warrant a pat on the back for his screenplay
which works for most parts of the movie. Special mention
should be made for Aravind's efforts in making the
investigation scenes as realistic as possible. It
surely gets a wow from the audience when Mammootty,
Jai Akash and Arjun track every step of the terrorist
by unusual ways. The scenes are intelligent and definitely
interesting which is a must for a thriller like this.
When things just become normal, Aravind brings in
a very strange method when the terrorists want to
communicate within themselves that will surely make
you sit on the edge of the seat. The scene where Mammootty
and team, with the help of Sneha, try to bring out
the truth from the terrorist by showing him in a totally
different makeover is the master-stroke of the movie.
The film does have its minus points. One does not
feel the need to have a couple of item numbers in
the movie. The songs definitely break the movie's
rhythm. The stunts and the chasing sequences have
been handled well but the climax action sequence is
a let-down. This particular action part is poor, amateurish
at best. Too many gun shots spoil the originality
maintained thus far.
film has veterans like Mammooty, the ever-patriotic
Arjun, Sneha, Nasser, Atul Kulkarni, Jai Akash and
many others. Each actor fit into their roles well
and does a great job. Sneha, as a pilot, has been
offered a small role this time around. Special mention
has to be made to the character sketch of the terrorist.
His mannerisms and under-played acting is a big plus
to the movie.
Imman's music is good and the re-recording is inspiring
at times. The director has chosen an apt title for
the movie, after a long time, as we get really emotional
and patriotic watching the movie. Vandae Maatharam
is a good movie which could have been better if it
had been fine-tuned a little.
Verdict: Patriotic. Must-watch for those who
like intelligent thriller movies.
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