Magamuni: Two in one
Magadevan (Arya) is a cab driver. But that is not all. He is also someone who works with a politico (Ilavarasu) and helps him execute murders.
Brothers of one of the men whose murder was plotted by Magadevan vow to take revenge on him and Magadevan now has to safeguard his life from them.
We are also shown the story of Muniraj (Arya, again), an intelligent but innocent, who lives in Erode district. Hailing from a so-called lower caste, he is inspired by Swami Vivekananda and follows brahmacharya.
He becomes friends with Deepa (Mahima Nambiyar), daughter of a local bigwig who is from a so-called upper caste. As Deepa gets inspired by the knowledge of Muniraj, her father mistakes it for love.
Hence, he plots to bump off Muni. The lives of Magadevan and Muniraj intersect at a point of time. How are they related? Are they able to protect themselves or not? Magamuni explains answers to these questions.
Director Santhakumar has taken eight years to come up with his second outing Magamuni, after the critically acclaimed Mounaguru which hit the screens way back in 2011. But the wait is worth, we must say.
Magamuni is an intense portrayal of the lives of two men. At the same time, it gives ample importance even to small characters and none of the artiste has been wasted.
We can’t avoid the feel that Arya’s talent has not been utilised fully (there are a few exceptions, including Naan Kadavul) all these years. For, the actor has performed exceptionally well in both the characters.
Indhuja, Ilavarasu, G M Sundar, Mahima Nambiar and Jayaprakash- everyone has given their best. Cinematographer Arul Padmanabhan has done a good job, while music by Thaman is intense and inseparable from the film.
Though length is a problem and some scenes could have been chopped off, the director has presented a gripping tale that is different from the run of the mill kind of stuff.