Direction: Balaji Mohan
Cast: Dhanush, Sai Pallavi, Tovino Thomas, Krishna, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar
Director Balaji Mohan’s films are always rooted in realism and simplistic things. He took a commercial route for the first time with Dhanush’s Maari, which hit the theatres in 2015.
Three years later, he is back with a sequel that suffers the same case as Maari. The Dhanush-starrer is a fun film which becomes over-stretched in the second half.
Maari, a thug in Chennai, leads life on his own terms. He kills, he kidnaps and he smuggles, but his decisions are not influenced by greed. That is what sets Maari apart, and what makes him a favourite of the audiences. He is loyal and respects friendship above everything else because he has never known any other relationship in life. So, when Araathu Anandhi (Sai Pallavi) enters his life with love, he is nonplussed.
Sai Pallavi is superb in her loud auto driver’s role. Her mass avatar is a treat on screen and the manner in which she teases Dhanush is top notch and brings good relief. The chemistry between the lead pair is good.
Varalkshmi Sarath Kumar is getting better with each film and has done a key role with a lot of aplomb. The actor who played Dhanush’s friend was also good.
The rising star of Malayalam cinema, Tovino Thomas, plays the bad guy Thanatos aka Beeja who refers to himself as ‘The God of Death’!