Mapla Singam Tamil Movie Review
Neither lion nor rat
Anbu (Vemal) is a happy-go-lucky youngster. His uncle (Radharavi) is the local chieftain and also the caste leader. Faithfully following the rules laid by uncle, Anbu protects girls from his community from eloping with boys from other caste.
One day, his uncle’s daughter (Madhumila) elopes with a guy of a different caste. In the meantime, Anbu falls for advocate Shailaja (Anjali), the sister of that guy.
The rest of things is all about how Anbu solves caste rivalry, makes others, especially his uncle, to understand the real meaning of love and humanity, and ensures that all ends well.
Director Rajasekar seems to be sure about one thing- not to try anything new and to go with the tried and test formula. For, Mapla Singam is a routine stuff which we have been seeing for decades. At the same time, it has its own moments.
Vemal is desperate for a hit to reposition his career. And this rural guy role is a cakewalk for him. Anjali reminds one of her own character in Kalakalappu, while Suri tries to tickle the funny bone.
Talented artistes like Radharavi and Jayaprakash have been wasted. N P Raghunanthan’s music is average, while Tharun Balaji’s cinematography has captured rural locales alive and active. However on the editing front, the film needs urgent trimming, at least for some 15 minutes.
Music: N. R. Raghunanthan
Cast: Vimal, Anjali, Soori, Madhumila, Radha Ravi, Swaminathan, Ramdoss, Kaali Venkat, Manobala, Vishnu, Mayilsamy, Singamuthu, Adam Greig, Rajesh Gopalan
Pro: Riaz K Ahmed