What’s it about:
Manasara is a refreshing and engaging love story about a Telugu boy and a Kerala kutti. Vikram (new find Vikram) comes to Rajapalayam in Kerala along with his parents and sister as his father gets transferred there. Rajapalayam is a typical place cut off deliberately from the modern world and the world of the natives there is centred on Kalari, the martial art. Soon after landing there, Vikram comes across a lovely Kerala girl (newcomer Sri Divya) and falls in love with her. However, all odds are against Divya. Her step mother’s brother Rajan (new comer George Vincent) casts his eyes on her but she dislikes him as he is very cruel. However, her father and her step mother support Rajan. Enters Vikram, and he takes an instant liking for her. He is clever and takes Rajan’s henchmen for a ride; however, he is gutless. Therefore, when Rajan confronts him, he meekly withdraws much to the dismay and anger of Divya. However, he changes heart, confronts Rajan and agrees for a Kalari encounter as per village elders’ verdict. The elders decide that the winner of the Kalari will also win the hand of Divya. Whether Vikram learns enough of Kalari in the limited time given to him to defeat Rajan, whether the elders change their mind for the better, forms the rest of the story. Kalaripayattu, a martial art of Kerala, is central to the story.