Let my life end fighting for my love. A mantra we hear from Royapuram Peter (Sivakarthikeyan) as he gets set for the final battle in the boxing ring. From the debutant Thiru Kumaran, here comes ‘Maan Karate’ that has the script penned by his mentor AR Murugadoss, who has co-produced the film as well in collaboration with Escape Artists Madhan.
While Tamil cinema goes through a vivid change in scripts, we tend to witness few filmmakers scoring the best with a simple plot blend with new-dimensional elements. The title ‘Maan Karate’ and the presence of star-cast like Sivakarthikeyan and Hansika Motwani drew in us an assumption that it’s a super-cool entertainer. Yes it is, but the surprise element of ‘Fantasy’ into the script gives an additional attraction.
Sivakarthikeyan has improvised his degree of performance as an actor. He doesn’t keep you entertained with his humour attributes, but gives in for a stupendous act in unconventional scenes, which is completely new to him. Of course, he had been through a similar scenario of script in Ethir Neechal, but this one depicts him much in a different light. Hansika Motwani doesn’t amuse us with her dance and glam-factors, but appears throughout the film with a strong characterisation. Thank God! She is not here to just for skin-shows. The scenes involving Sivakarthikeyan and Hansika Motwani are neatly tailored and it shows the involvement of AR Murugadoss in the script to a greater level. Vamsi Krishna arrives with a surprise and he has more shots to express the antagonism through his gestures more than dialogues. Satish in his usual style keeps tickling our funny bones, though he belongs to the ‘grey characterisation’. Though Soori appears only for a couple of scenes, he pulls you for an unceasing laughter-therapy.
We have seen certain medium making predictions as it happens with ‘Newspaper’ as in a Japanese film ‘Yogen’, ‘TV’ in Yaavarum Nalam, but the genres of this film are far-away from each other. The hermit’s gift to the group of youngsters becomes their lucky key to their fortune, which is likely to happen through Royapuram Peter. But their dreams get shattered when a person with same identity comes into the picture.
Though the first half runs more than a hour, there is no boredom prevailing anywhere in the script. The conflict is planted nearly by the last 30 minutes of the film and till then, its fun-filled sequences in the boxing ring and songs that take the first place.
Background score by Anirudh is commendable, but the songs have a dimmer effect from this musical chap when compared to his previous movies, but they gain prominence through the visual treat of Sukumar.
‘Maan Karate’ is a delightful treat for commercial film lovers and you can watch it for entertainment.
P.S. Don’t look for too much of logics
Verdict: An entertainer with a substantial treatment.