Meyaadha Maan movie review: Vaibhav Reddy-Rathna Kumar’s Royapurathu La La Land is a lovely watch

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Meyaadha Maan movie review. Even the not-so-involved friend gets a decent character graph. He is slowly savouring the image he has been dreaming of for years and doesn’t want it to end swiftly. I walked out of Meyaadha Maan with that sense of contained contentment. There are various small things that infuse the flavour of north Madras (the heart-shaped Varattis (dried cow dung), the old music, stage shows). Top News
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Meyaadha Maan movie director: Rathna Kumar
Meyaadha Maan movie rating: 2.5 stars
As a cinephile, there are movies you root for; films that you feel will bring a fresh voice into the realm with some aspect of their craft. (The professions our Kollywood heroes pursue these days are definitely becoming more interesting: A fireman, A funeral organiser and now a stage singer.) A ‘one-side lover’ for years, he never dares to talk to the girl he likes but spurts Shakespeare thinking about her. The contentment is personal as if you have achieved a feat and want to make sure that the world knows about it. He is also temperamental, easily swaying between his classification of ketta ponnu and nalla ponnu. Murali’s unvarnished personality is what makes him interesting and Vaibhav comes up with a natural, rooted performance. In a hero-worship world, it is encouraging to see supporting roles with potential and actors making the best of it. It could have a been slightly tauter towards the end. And, this is my bit in spreading the word. Watch Meyaadha Maan movie trailer here:

Rathna Kumar’s Meyaadha Maan is well-contextualised. While Priya Bhavani Shankar makes a good debut (she looks gorgeous in every frame), it is Induja and Vivek who steal the show. As an example, take the sequence where Madhu visits Murali at his house. But there is a quiet sense of satisfaction when it turns out to be good. Let it be the brilliant “Thangachi song”, or the quirky “Address song”, or the beautiful “Enna naan seiven”, the songs blend in and out of the story seamlessly enhancing the visuals. Sometimes they become disappointments. With a perfect north Madras slang in place, Vaibhav easily juggles the extremes Murali goes to often. I did walk out with Meyaadha Maan with a sense of satisfaction. Meanwhile, on the flip side, Meyaadha Maan does digress a bit in the second half. Unlike the normal rom-com, Vinod and Sudarvizhi’s stories do not get lost in narrating about Murali and Madhu and they are brilliant. Meyaadha Maan characters speak a language of raw, imperfect honesty that is endearing. The young shop assistant is a riot. The camaraderie among these characters is authentic, that makes Meyaadha Maan a delightful watch. The duo has truly made Meyaadha Maan the ‘Royapurathu La La Land’. The film looks good and also sounds brilliant, thanks to Santhosh Narayanan and Pradeep Kumar. As Madhu bonds with Sudarvizhi, Murali witnesses it in slow motion. The movie is also efficiently filmed. We have our ‘Idhayam Murali’ (Vaibhav Reddy) who is a stage performer. But the transgressions are too mild for a film that works on many counts.