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User Review - Maatraan

IndiaGlitz [Saturday, October 13, 2012]
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The following article is by a user and is not IndiaGlitz's take towards anyone or anything.

There were a quiet a few films released with the conjoined twins concept in Hollywood. Some were made in India as well ("Siamese Irataikal", Malayalam) and also the recently released" Charulatha". But the presence of Suriya as conjoined twins made 'Maatraan' special and expectations were very high. Maatraan is directed and co-scripted (with Subha) by K.V.Anand under the banner of AGS entertainment.

The movie begins with the birth of Suriya2 (as conjoined twins Akhilan and Vimalan). His father (Sachin Kedhekar) is a research scientist who keeps trying hard to sell his innovation to various companies without success. Eventually he ends up using the expertise to start up his own company which makes health drinks. Meanwhile the kids grow up and as expected, they have distinct characters - one very soft spoken, well educated, takes responsibilities and thinks for the betterment of people and the other one being a typical spoilt kid without taking any liability. In one of the incidents they come to know about a person from Ukraine who spies on their father's company to steal the chemical formula used for their health drinks. This leads to some shocking truths, chases and fight sequences and ultimately results in the death of Vimalan. How Akhilan uncovers the mystery and brings the person behind the murder of Vimalan to justice forms the rest of the story.

The concept of conjoined twins has definitely helped the script writers to bring in lot of interesting incidents, funny and sentimental situations in the first half which keeps you entertained. Akhilan and Vimalan do everything on screen right from romancing the heroine, fighting with each other and villains (the theme park fight sequence was interesting), dancing etc. Kajal Agarwal looks pretty and is used smartly as a translator (instead of running subtitles). Sachin Khedekar has an extended role and does a fabulous job in the film (after 13B).

On the technical side, the editing is crisp (Anthony). Cinematography was good (Soundara Rajan), but some shots looked distorted (very difficult to believe K.V.Anand missed it), may be because of the CUG works. Background score gels with the film well without standing out. But Harris Jayraj fails this time in the songs department. Apart from Rettai Kathirae (title song) and Nani Koni (shot beautifully), other songs don't create any impact on you.

The film actually drags a bit towards the end, which could have been avoided. Some scenes and incidents looked like it was just added to increase the running time. There are some illogical scenes (or exaggerated, if I can call so) in the second half like the gun fight and chase in the forest which does not sync with the film well. The movie would have been ended as an excellent thriller if the Villain was not exposed to the audience in the first half itself. However, the sheer screen presence of Suriya makes you forget all these and watch it till the end.

The message in the film is not a new one; we would have seen that in many films earlier at every level in the society. But what makes this film stand apart is the depth in which they have shown the impact of the issue by using the backdrop of Ukraine athletes. We have to appreciate K.V.Anand and the script writer Subha for the same. Overall, 'Maatraan' might fall short of the expectations for some, but it's definitely worth a watch and will make you think twice before you buy such items next time from your nearby supermarket.




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