Film: MAANAVAN NINAITHAL
Banner: Arul Movies
Cast: Rithik, Adhira, K. Bhagyaraj, Pandu, Manobala, Anumohan, Kottachi, Malini
Director: S.P Gnanamozhi
Producer: P.K Chandran
Released Date: July 22, 2008
A different plot, the story is about Sakthi (Rithik) who hails from a poor family but is gifted with high intelligence and good memory. He works hard and earns a well deserved state rank in his twelfth standard too but then his family conditions and poverty compels him to bid adieu to studies and take up the task to help his mother in the roadside snack bar to run the family show. Sakthi who is a sober guy takes it in his stride and moves on in life but as luck would have it, things change with the arrival of media reporter Raj (Bhagyaraj) who does an interview of Sakthi and publishes his story in the newspaper. In no time, things change for Sakthi as he gets sponsors for his education and he comes to the city college. With his brilliance he also gets a scholarship and life gets hunky dory in no time. But then, Sakthi starts seeing the other side of the coin and gets carried away by the whims of bad company and soon he gets sucked into the dark side of life by getting into harmful habits. For the sake of momentary pleasures, he starts swooping down to extreme levels and this causes him to lose all his virtues. In this process, he also chances upon the beautiful Niveda (Adhira) and in a matter of pride proposes her but she turns him down bluntly. Having nowhere to go and left with nothing to do and unable to take the pain of rejection, Sakthi decides to end his life. Just at that point, someone comes to him and tries to restructure his path. Who is that person and what happens from there forms the rest of the story.
The director has come out with a very interesting plot and though the presentation was good, he lost out on the narrative. The script was not strong enough and dialogues though interesting lacked flavour, editing was alright, music was average, camera was good and other departments were alright in their contributions. Rithik tried his best to get intense with his character but he still needs to work hard on his expressions, Adhira was pretty, appealing and though her role was limited she surely made her presence felt. The real show stealer was the experienced campaigner K Bhagyaraj whose screen presence was strong and added with his witty dialogues, it was worth a watch. Kottachi managed a few lighter moments. The others did their bit with the required standards.
The idea of bringing about the brighter side and the harsh realities of life was really good but then the makers should have focused on giving the characters more depth and intensity. While the first half of the film goes about on a surface, the second half has its impact moments and intense emotions but then the flavour could have been more tasteful. However, the team must be commended for coming out with a novel concept of story and such films bring about freshness to the industry which is rotting with the routine mass masala entertainers. The film might find its appeal with the realistic movie lovers but success might be a little difficult to get.