Marina movie review

Direction: Pandiraj

Cast: Siva Karthikeyan, Oviya, Jayaprakash, Pandian, Gautham Purushoth.

Music: Girishh G

Camera: Vijay

Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar, Yugabharathi

Banner: Pasanga Productions

Release Date: 03 February, 2012

Director Pandiraj, whose Marina is all completed has said that the movie will resemble reality and is closer to his hart than his earlier ventures Pasanga and Vamsam.

The movie harps on the need to educate young children working in Marina beach. But it is not preachy and all told in a humorous manner.


First things first. The highlight of the movie is its interesting story. There are enough funny moments in the script that revealing the story would spoil the joy of watching it.

Marina deals with the life of young childrens who sell goodies around the beach.

Director Pandiraj has said that the movie will resemble reality and is closer to his heart than his earlier ventures Pasanga and Vamsam. Also he is confident that Marina will win accolades and admiration of the masses.

The film has been released today and it is expected to repeat the magic of director Pandiraj‘s first venture Pasanga.


Siva Karthikeyan steals the show with his comic mannerisms. But it is Bakoda the young lap who scores with his performance. Also Oviya does a decent role as a chennai girl.

Also Jayaprakash, Pandian, Gautham Purushoth, Senthikumari, Jithan Mohan have essayed their roles with ease.


The movie has music by Girish G while cinematography is by Vijay.

Songs are good, especially Vanakkam Chennai is a lovely number with all top directors appearing in guest appearances, Tippu. Vijay’s cinemastography is bright and beautiful.


Each character in the film has a purpose and takes the story forward. The film is lively and it’s about life around the asia’s largest beach marina and a good screenplay makes it interesting.

Overall the movie is worth a watch and brings back the entertainment of the Pasanga movie team.

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  1. For director Pandiraj, his debut and super hit movie ‘Pasanga’ proved his writing and directorial talents. And, ‘Vamsam’ came next to tell his professional handling of a big budget film.

    The acclaimed director is back to his forte, a simple, small budget film with an intense storyline, and ‘Marina’ takes Tamil film to another level of unusual onscreen storytelling.

    The film depicts the life and story of the snack seller kids we find on the sands of Chennai’s own beach, the Marina. Each small kid has a big story behind them.

    Ambikapathi (Pandian), a run away from home, comes to Chennai in search of his dreams but lands in selling water packets at the Marina beach. He gets the friendship of Kailash, another kid who already has his own kingdom in the beach. For an offence Police comes in search of Kailash to the beach… another kid, who is a habitual petrol pilfer, helps the police to spot Kailash.

    In between these stories Pandiraj weaves the silk thread love story of a young couple. Senthilnathan (Siva Karthikeyan), who always dreams of romancing a girl on the sands of Marina, gets Swapnasundari (Oviya) finally, and the young couple nurtures their love on the beach of Marina amidst their friend circle and the kids.

    The casual acquaintance between the couple and the kids becomes an emotional bond. What happens in the end to the stories of Ambikapathi, Kailash and the couple ‘Senthinathan – Swapnasundari’ is movingly told in the climax.

    TV host Siva Karthikeyan debuts in films with this movie. The actor has given lot many improvisations to the director’s instructions. A good debut act for him, yes, he definitely gets something more than a pass mark with his look and performance.

    Oviya has again done a neat work like her performance in ‘Kalavani’. A director’s actress, who fits herself in the role she is offered. Her body language and expressions through eyes speak a lot.

    And, the kids get the biggest pat among all artists in the film. What a splendid performance? Each one make us get into their stories with their very natural act. Especially, Pandian puts a stupendous show of acting skills!

    Jayaprakash has again given a wonderful performance.

    Vikram, Prakash Raj, Sasikumar, Sneha, Ameer and Vimal do a special appearance in a song.

    Hats off to Pandiraj for his daring act of scripting this concept and choosing a cast that is not so commercially viable. This shows his confidence in the script. More such scripts and directors should come to Tamil industry.

    Music is by Girishh G. The debutant composer has delivered a good work with his tunes and background score. The young talent has helped the director to bring out emotions with his subtleties. Girishh is a promising talent for future Tamil cinema.

    The song ‘Vannakkam Chennai’ is worth mentioning.

    Camera is a big plus for ‘Marina’. The natural lighting is been used well and the angles also speak volumes about the skills of the new comer Vijay.

    Lyrics are by Na. Muthukumar and Yugabharathi.

    The film is made from the inspiration of Mira Nair’s critically acclaimed film ‘Salaam Bombay’! But, Pandiraj has managed well with the setting and script that ‘Marina’ no way resembles the award winning 1988 film.

    The director is largely successful in depicting the lives and stories of the uneducated children who are deprived of their basic needs and bring out a sense of responsibility in everyone.

    ‘Marina’ is a film that should be watched by everyone at least to understand that behind those beautiful smiles of those kids those we see on the sands of the beaches of Marina have many sad stories to tell. Next time when we go to Marina sure we would see it with a different eye, watching this film!

    And, ‘Marina’ is not only just an emotional film; it is also to entertain us. Those tidbits of comic situations definitely put big smiles on our faces and cheers in our heart.

    That’s the big success of Pandiraj’s ‘Marina’ script!

    Come make an entertaining emotional beach walk on the sands, through this film, ‘Marina’!

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