Starring: Kamal Haasan, Madhavan, Trisha, Sangeetha
Direction: K.S. Ravikumar
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Production: Udhayanidhi Stalin
The much awaited film with a tried and tested combination of K S Ravikumar and Kamal Haasan finally hits at the end of the year with an ensemble cast that includes Madhavan, Trisha, Sangeetha among others. Kamal takes charge of story, screenplay and dialogues while K S Ravikumar steers the directorial department in Manmadhan
Ambu produced under the Red Giant banner of Udayanidhi Stalin.
Adhering to the title in its literal sense, love and cupid form the peripheral element while faith and honesty are the core constituents which have been dealt in a light manner.
Ambujakshi (Trisha) is an actress whose fiancé is industrialist Madana Gopal (Madhavan). Trisha’s profession comes in the way of her impending marriage to Maddy and after a rift between the two, she takes a break from her career on a European cruise with her friend Deepa (Sangeetha) who is a divorcee with 2 kids.
On the other hand, Maddy sends Mannar (Kamal), an ex-army man to spy Trisha’s movements. Kamal takes on this job to meet the medical expenses of his friend (Ramesh Aravind), a cancer patient. What happens in this cruise, whether Trisha and Maddy resolve their differences of opinion and what happens to Kamal is what Manmadhan Ambu all about.
K S Ravikumar who understands the semiotics of film making has attempted to narrate the story in his style but its languorous pace works against it. Although the story is interesting, the film unfolds very slowly and does not gather momentum at any stage. The script sparkles in patches and fails to engage the audience completely. Dialogues are enjoyable in some places like the scene where Sangeetha says – matrimony may not be good but alimony is. The way in which Kamal narrates his past in a reverse mode is intelligent.
There are no words to talk about Kamal who has completed half a ton years of diligence in the world of greasepaint and glory. He wafts through the proceedings seamlessly. Sangeetha overshadows all the other artists in her natural and spontaneous performance. Trisha for the first time in her career speaks for herself and it is a revelation and certainly adds greater strength to her character. Hope she continues this exercise in the future too.
Madhavan teams up with Kamal after Anbe Sivam and is his ‘spirited’ self mostly. His debonair and suave looks in the initial scene accompanied by the right kind of body language for a rich industrialist fits the proceedings aptly. Suriya in a small cameo as Trisha’s co-star in her film is adorable. In their small roles Oorvasi and Ramesh Aravind bring out the agony of illness. In fact, the performance of the cast compensates for the languid narration.
Under music director Devi Sri Prasad’s compositions, Oyyale stays in mind and the other numbers are just about satisfactory. Cinematographer Manushya Nandan adds value to the film. Gauthami’s stylish costumes work right for the script. Overall, Manmadhan Ambu is an entertainer but in parts.
Verdict: A passable cruise!