Maverick film maker Ravi Babu has always made movies with a difference. The subjects, genres and story lines he choses to film stand out from the rest of the crowd and 'Manasara' too is no exception. The trailers of the movie which generated curiosity among movie goers is in comensurate with the narration and the performances. This simple love and action thriller clubbed with fresh locations and new faces makes for an interesting watch.
'Manasara' is a simple love story between Vikram(Vikram) and Anjali(Sri Divya) in Rajapalayam in Kerala. Vikram a timid hearted soft guy,is the son of a bank employee(Krishnamohan) who gets posted in Kerala and that is how Vikram gets to meet Anjali. But Rajapalayam is an orthodox society with people living by their ancient traditions and customs. Life in this place is governed by martial art Kalari Payattu.
The trouble in the smooth love story of Vikram and Anjali comes in the form of her brother-in-law Rajan Pillai(George) who is adept at the art of 'Kalari'.The rest of the story is on whether Vikram wins Anjali keeping his timidity aside.
George and Bhanuchandar delivered applaudable performances. Vikram, the hero of the movie has done a decent job considering he has not done many films before. Sri Divya was tailor made for her charecter. George has a promising career for negative shade roles , thanks to his body language and apt expressions that concur with it.M S Narayana though a brief role did a favour to himself by taking up this role, something different from his cliched drunkard ones in zillion movies.
Ravibabu made a noteworthy attempt and thorough research of Kerala and its traditions. The locations, casting and narration were all in place. The background score goes well with the orthodox social set up of Kerala. The plot is predictable and the only thing that makes the movie stand out is the narration and screenplay.It is a visual treat for all those who love greenery and Kerala's exotic locales.
'Manasara' is a bearable movie and a appreciative attempt. Watch it for a differnt narration and a Kerala experience.
Released on: 10th Dec, 2010