Directed by: A. Venkatesh
Produced by: Vijayakumar
Starring: Arun Vijay, Dhansika, Karthik Muthuraman, Prabhu Ganesan, Santhanam
Music by: Mani Sharma
Studio: Feather Touch Entertaiments
Release date: May 21, 2010
The success of ‘Malai Malai’ has propelled the trio Arun Vijay, director A Venkatesh and producers Feather Touch Entertainments to come together for ‘Maanja Velu’, which is again a commercial mass masala entertainer with enough thrills and spills.
The movie, inspired by Telugu blockbuster ‘Lakshyam’, is racy from the word go thanks to bubbly Arun Vijay. Giving him good company is yesteryear hero Karthik.
The man who is credited with many hits in 1980s and early 1990s, makes a strong comeback in ‘Maanja Velu’. Playing an honest and upright cop, Karthik is impressive not just in stunt sequences but also in comedy.
The whole movie occurs in Tiruchirapallai, where Maanja Velu (Arun Vijay) runs a canteen in the college where he studied. There are a group of people (Santhanam, ‘Lollu Sabha’ Manohar, Ganja Karuppu and Shakeela) in the canteen bringing the roof down with humour. Anjali (Dhanshika), a student of the college, plays a cat and mouse game with Velu before they both fall in love.
Subash Chandra Bose (Karthik) is Velu’s brother and an honest police officer. Their father is a journalist (Vijayakumar) and theirs is a happy family.
Enters Umapathy (Vagai Chandrasekhar), a dreaded influential man in the city. He adopts all greedy ways to usurp others wealth. Bose is after him.
Meanwhile, Umapathy swindles money from a chit fund firm to the tune of Rs 100 crore which Bose is forced to investigate. Bose finishes off Umapathy’s men one after another in encounter. But Umapathy hatches a conspiracy and bumps him off.
Velu keeps the death of Bose a secret and launches a crusade to finish Umapathy. The rest of the film is how Velu takes revenge on the baddie.
Arun Vijay has taken off from where he left in ‘Malai Malai’. He is right there delivering his best. Be it comedy, action or romance. Action comes naturally to him. His body language and dialogue delivery deserve a mention.
Dhanshika fulfills the role of a heroine, appearing in skimpy costumes for songs. Vagai Chandrasekhar plays a baddie perhaps for the first time. He menaces evil in his eyes and looks apt choice for the role.
Vijayakumar, Ilavarasu among others form part of the cast. The comedy by Santhanam, Ganja Karuppu and team, specially imitating scenes from films like ‘Naadodigal’, is a laughathon.
Veteran actor Prabhu does a cameo, which does have a positive impact on screen. But the scene-stealer is Karthik. The veteran has done a commendable job and announced his re-entry with a bang.
Mani Sharma’s tunes are pacy and racy while Venkatesh’s camera is cool. Another highlight of the film is Kanal Kannan’s stunts. A Venkatesh, known for his commercial cocktails, has not disappointed fans this time too. A perfect one for those who love masala flicks.
Maanja Velu Music Review
Mani Sharma, the busiest music director in both Tamil and Telugu, has scored the music for Arun Vijay’s action flick ‘Maanja Velu’. Veteran lyricist Vaali has written the lyrics for all songs except ‘Yepadithaan’ written by Vivega.
The album is a combination of Mass and Class, New and Old, making it lively to listen.
Singers: Ranjith and Naveen An introduction song of Maanja Velu, the hero, with the folk beats and Mani Sharma’s signature mass elements. Ranjith and Naveen’s energy in their voices is heard. A fast tempo song that could be a big hit with the masses.
Lyricist: Vivega Singer: Rahul Nambiar A remixed version of an old Telugu film song. Mani Sharma has remixed the tune in Tamil for this movie with the voice of Rahul Nambiar and lyrics of Vivega which signify that the hero is flirting with his heroine. This is a dance number and will definitely entertain the youth.
3. Maanja Velu
Singers: Tippu and Sujatha The peppy voices of Tippu and Sujatha have been used effectively in Maanja Velu, which appears to be the title song. It is a catchy number that might resonate in your minds even after you finish listening to it. Lyricist Vaali has penned a youthful number showing that he is still young at heart.
4. Oh My Dear
Singers: Ranjith and Saindhavi Oh My Dear is a fast duet. The tempo in this song is pacy and the music is youthful and lively. Ranjith and Saindhavi sing the song with aplomb, given the fact that they are one among the happening singers in the music circuit.
5. Ooril Ulla Uyire
Singers: Karthik Karthik sings this slow yet catchy song. Mani Sharma’s music is classy, and Karthik’s charismatic voice really syncs with the music, giving it a meaningful feel. Vaali has penned it superbly. The song is about relationships and their importance in today’s world.
6. Maanja Velu (Remix)
Singer: Mukesh and Priya Subramanian This is the biggest surprise in the album. Just listen to the third song in the album (the original version of ‘Maanja Velu’) and then listen to this. A remix in today’s music world is the racy, techno beats and amplified sound. Well, there is no one single element like those, it is not the remix what one can think of but a remix with traditional beats and Mani Sharma has given that old Tamil black-and-white movie feel especially with Priya Subramanian’s voice. Mukesh gives her company with an equally good performance in this fun number. Absolutely, the pick of the album. Over all, the music of Maanja Velu will definitely be chart busters and the music will have a wide reach. Mani Sharma, has used the tunes of his hit songs in Telugu in this album, which would surely appeal even to the Tamil audience.