Starring: Dhanush, Parvathi Menon, Salim Kumar, Appukutty, Uma Riyaz Khan
Directed: Bharat Bala
By Vivek Ramz
Bharat Bala, who rose to fame with his Vande Mataram video collaboration with AR Rahman, joins hands with the maestro once again but this time for a feature film. Dhanush, who has tasted success in Bollywood recently with ‘Raanjhanaa’, is back to Tamil cinema with 'Mariyaan'. He needs a hit film to consolidate his star status here as his last film '3' was a disaster at the box-office. Will Mariyaan work magic for him?
What's it about?
'Mariyaan' is the simple love story between Mariyaan and Panimalar and how their love keeps them going in times of severe pain & struggle. The film happens in two contrasting locales of sea and land. The first half of the film happens in Neerodi, a small seaside village in South Tamil Nadu and it portrays the blossoming of love in Mariyaan after initial hesitation, whereas the second half happens in the outskirts of Sudan outskirts where Mariyaan must deal with pirates who kidnap him and hold him ransom. The film makes one believe that love has no boundaries and will keep people together despite all odds.
It's hard to believe that 'Mariyaan' is the debut attempt of director Bharat Bala, who has delivered nothing short of a masterpiece. His experience with patriotic videos with Rahman helped a lot and it's evident in most of the scenes including the motivational picturization of 'Nenje Ezhu'. He deserves kudos for taking an old-fashioned story and converting it into an engaging and powerful drama.
The characters are developed with great detail and the story builds up slowly and steadily for a fantastic final ending connecting the two locales and shows us the strength of 'Kadal Rasa' (King of the Ocean) Mariyaan beautifully.
Dhanush has once again delivered a top notch performance and characters like bring out the best in him. His emotional act during the phone conversation with Parvathy is brilliant and he deserves every accolade that comes him way. Parvathy is equally good and matches up to Dhanush in terms of both screen presence and performance. Her long wait after 'Poo' has paid off finally. The supporting cast that includes Appukutty, Salim Kumar, Vinayagan & Uma Riyaz have also contributed well.
Marc Koninckx, the Belgian cinematographer, has taken the film several notches higher with his amazing camera work. The visuals are stunning and crystal clear. He has captured the beauty of both the locales with perfection and shown the contrast well. Songs by AR Rahman are chartbusters already and they are woven well into the screenplay. Background score raises the mood of the sequences superbly especially during Mariyaan's escape from the holding camp.
The film takes its own pace and it looks like the director made it intentionally slow to help the audience feel the love and pain of the protagonists. Whenever one feels the film drags, the magicians Marc & Rahman wave a magic wand and the the wonderful melody helps you chug along.
What to do?
Overall, 'Mariyaan' is a realistic and touching love saga and definitely deserves a watch! Better watch it in Auro 3D screen to experience it best.
in.com rating: 3.5/5
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