Manam Kothi Paravai (2012)

Director: S. Ezil
Casts: Sivakarthigeyan, Aathmiya
Music: S.Imman
Language: Tamil
Genre: Romantic Comedy

S.Ezil who have given us memorable fares like Thulatha Manamum Thullum, Penin Manathia Thottu, Poovellam Un Vaasam and Deepavali, is back after a brief hiatus with Manam kothi Paravai. And this time, with the current crowd favourite, Siva Karthigeyan. Boasted to be a full-fledged lead role for Siva, 
Manam Kothi Paravai secured very promising pre-talks. So how much does MUK delivers?

Firstly, Manam Kothi Paravai has a tried and tested formula of guy liking the girl who has a menacing bother and a ferocious father. Kannan (Sivakarthigeyan) loves his neighbour, Revathy since young and builds lots of dreams in his heart. He exaggerates all the events in between them to his gang of friends and blatantly lies that she loves him to when she does not. When Revathy gets engaged, Kannan tries to convince her but he couldn’t. He indulges himself in deep sorrow. However hell breaks loose when Kannan’s long lost friends enter the village and kidnaps Revathy thinking that she also loves him. Due to these rash actions, the whole village gets in search of Revathy and Kannan as they move up to another state. How they manage to escape and whether Revathy will fall in love with Kannan forms the crux of the story.

The story flows in a very predictable way and format which is the main weakness of the film. The film flows like a comedy spoof at a moment and then switches back to a romantic drama. The inconsistency of the treatment does not really specify what the audience should feel when there is an emotional block in the screenplay.

However Manam Kothi Paravai appeals at certain parts with light hearted performance by Sivakarthigeyan who finally gets a meaty role compared to his pervious Marina and 3. He grips it hard and comes up with a neat performance. He sparkles with humour with his witty one liner but his emotional scenes can be still worked on. New girl Aathmiya impresses with expressive eyes but sparks only at moments. The group of friends Parota Suri, Srinath and Kishore are good but sometimes Singam Puli’s loud dialogue delivery becomes annoying. The antagonists have nothing much to do but to shout at their top of their voice. Like earlier mentioned, we could not gage Ezil’s true intention whether he was trying to create a spoof comedy or a romantic comedy.

Manam Kothi Paravai’s technical team have come up with a decent show with Imman’s music already created a huge reputation for the film even before the release.  All the songs are apt and soothing for the story with ‘Yenna Solla’ and ‘Po Po’ ranking the top. Suraj’s cinematography is earthy and neat giving this rom-com a feel good treatment. The choreography by Dhina makes the pleasing songs even more appealing.

In overall Manam Kothi Paravai is enjoyable at parts and after it does have a feel good factor tagged to it. However if the consistency in the mood of emotions are more distinct, MUK would have touched our hearts more intently.

Verdict: Predictable screenplay which sparkles only at parts.

Rating: 2.5/5


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