Review : Malligadu – Excessively Raw Tamil Drama
Release date: 02 Mar 2012 Rating : 2.5/5
Director : Ameer Sultan
Producer : R Thanga Prabaharan
Music Director : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Starring: Karthi, Priyamani, Saravanan

Malligadu is the Telugu dubbed version of the award winning Tamil flick ‘Paruthiveeran’. The movie has Karthi in the lead along with Priyamani and the movie was Karthi’s debut flick. This raw tale was directed by Ameer Sultan and Gnanavel Raja is the producer. Music has been scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Let us see how the movie stacks up.

Story :

Malli Babu ( Karthi ) is a ruffian and a rowdy sheeter who keeps getting into trouble with the law on a daily basis. Together with his uncle Sivayya ( Saravanan ), Malli Babu roams around the countryside, looking for entertainment as well as trouble. He is adored by Malli ( Priyamani ) who happens to be his relative, but he does not reciprocate her feelings. On the other hand, Malli’s father Nagayya ( Ponvannan ) hates Malli Babu for his behaviour and for mixing with low caste people.

As the story keeps moving back and forth to showcase the struggle of human emotions and caste equations, Malli Babu begins to understand and reciprocate Malli’s love. All hell breaks loose when he decides to marry Malli and he becomes the most hated man in the village. Will Malli Babu and Malli be able to realize their dreams? Will the villagers allow them to have a life together? That forms the rest of the story.

Plus Points :

Karthi is simply outstanding in the role of Malli Babu. He swears and staggers across the screen with the ease of a senior actor and that is impressive for a debut movie. Priyamani has a lot of scope to perform in a powerful role and she shines through. When we look at Priyamani now, we can’t help but wonder ” What happened to the actress in her?”.

Ponvannan and Saravanan are good in their respective roles. From an acting perspective, everyone justified their presence and there is nothing to fault here. There are some memorable scenes in the second half that will stick with you. In fact, the movie turns slightly enjoyable once Karthi reciprocates Priyamani’s love.

Minus Points :

The movie maybe an award winning flick, but it is too raw and too shocking for regular Telugu crowds. There is too much Tamil nativity in the movie and it is just impossible to connect with the scenes. The costumes, the look of the actors and the village scenes will not stick with Telugu people. Priyamani’s looks are deliberately toned down and she is actually seen in a dark skin tone. Karthi’s look and costumes may be authentic and good for jury awards, but for regular movie goers here, they will be a major turn off.

Scenes like the one where a dying woman ( who is bleeding to death ) is gang – raped, will be extremely hard for people to accept here. The narration is also very slow and can get extremely boring at times. The climax will make many people squirm in their seats.

Technical aspects :

Cinematography is outstanding and some of the scenes, where black and white effect has been used, will stay in your mind. Background score is very good but the songs are just about average. Editing is below par. Dialogues could have been better.

Verdict :

‘Malligadu’ is a movie with some terrific performances, but it will not survive in our market. The movie may have won numerous awards in Tamil Nadu, but the extreme Tamil nativity and very raw scenes will turn away large sections of the audience. The movie will actually make you feel bad and slightly depressed. Malligadu can be safely avoided unless you like radically different movies with extreme Tamil nativity. Rating : 2.5/5

Mahesh K.S.

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