800 movie review


Muralidharan belongs to a family who migrated from India to Sri Lanka.

Since childhood, Murali has been interested in cricket. His father, Muthiah, is a successful entrepreneur and runs a biscuit factory in Kandy.

At the age of six, Murali gets his hands on a cricket ball for the first time and, during the same time, a huge intercommunal riot breaks out between Tamilians and Sinhalese.

In his later years, when he gets selected for the national team, his debut is marred by a bomb blast at a bus stand.

Murali’s career was not a usual story. It’s laced with politics in and out of the field. How Murali braved all the controversies and took 800 test wickets in his career is what the biopic is all about.


Director MS Sripathy’s 800 captures Murali’s years as a kid, teenager and late teen till he took 800 wickets. And to see him carry the trauma and yet channel his energy towards cricket is inspiring.

Madhur Mittal, as Muthiah Muralidharan, is simply perfect. Be it his bowling action or his expressive eyes, it’s safe to say that he has lived his role.

Sri Lankan actor King Rathnam as Arjuna Ranatunga impressed with his performance as well.

Rest of the cast including Mahima Nambiar, Vadivukkarasi, Nasser and several others aided the film well.

Composer Ghibran’s music enhances the overall movie-watching experience, as does RD Rajasekar’s cinematography.

Rest of the technical aspects are passable.

Rating: 3.3/5