Star Cast: Ajith, Arjun, Trisha, Vaibhav Reddy, Lakshmi Rai, Andrea, Premji Amaren and Anjali.
Director: Venkat Prabhu
Story: Venkat Prabhu
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Banner: Sun Pictures, Cloud Nine Movies
Producer: Dhayanidhi Alagiri
Ajith, the ‘King of Box Office Openings‘ has once again proved that he is THALA. Mankatha is an Ajith movie all the way. Venkat Prabhu has been a worthy director to Ajith and given the actor a strong and interesting movie. It is sure to make Ajith fans very happy to see their star in a different role.
Arjun has excelled in his role and proves that he is truly the Action King. Yuvan Shankar Raja‘s music, especially the background score adds to the thrill of the movie.
Ajith‘s 50th film didn’t happen at an ease for the actor took a very long time and scrutinizing efforts to choose the best one. Initially, he was supposed to work with Gautham Vasudev Menon and it failed due to some difference of opinions. The actor later had discussions with more filmmakers including directors Vijay, Vishnuvardhan and many more. In fact, ‘Billa-2’ was supposed to be his 50th film.
But finally, ‘Mankatha‘ as the title suggests happened on the game of probability as Venkat Prabhu didn’t have Ajith in mind while penning the script. Ajith had personally requested Venkat Prabhu to get ready with a script that features him in a negative role. Of course, everything was finalized during 11th hour.
‘Mankatha‘ produced by Dayanidhi Azhagiri and Vivek Rathinavel under the banner name of Cloud Nine Movies had some problems pertaining to the release of this film. But then, Sun Pictures got into the picture uniting both Cloud Nine Movies and Sun Pictures together.
Today, the film opens bigger with more prints and screens across the globe. To mention about Venkat Prabhu‘s directorial style in this film, he has stepped far away from his previous movies. Unlike ‘Chennai 600028‘, ‘Saroja‘ and ‘Goa‘, this film has a serious theme running in the backdrops laced with thriller and action.
The film is about 4 young criminals – Vaibhav Reddy, Ganesh, Mahat and Premji Amaran looking out to swindle the big sum of Rs.500Crores for IPL betting. These rookies are into a big plan of looting the currencies, but they become directionless with the entry of Vinayak (Ajith), a police officer suspended for 6 months in service. Four become Five and they all go ahead with new plans, but everything doesn’t go as planned as the characters start playing ‘Mankatha‘ among them. Meanwhile, there is a special CBI officer Prithviraj (Arjun) appointed for trapping the bookies and soon are on the hunt of these off the field players trying to loot the money.
Venkat Prabhu usually loves making multi-starrer movies, which is noticeable from his first film and even this one as we know earlier boasts of bigger star-casts. Ajith is outstanding with his performance and he makes sure of entertaining his fans to the core. He has shown keen interest over the dance, action, sense of humour, etc.
Trisha doesn’t get more screen space to share with Ajith. But her portions with Ajith are good and her looks are enchanting. Lakshmi Rai appears for couple of songs and scenes. Action King Arjun is awesome as actor Vijay said he would have easily accepted this role, if Venkat Prabhu had approached him first. Vaibhav and Aravind Akash are good with their own style while Premji Amaran tries evoking laughter in his own style. Anjali looks beautiful and nothing else to say about her performance as her role is minimal.
Yuvan Shankar Raja scores well with songs and background score. The songs are pictured very well and the scenes are top-notching with Sakthi Saravanan‘s cinematography. Editing by Praveen is fantastic.
On the whole, ‘Mankatha‘ has some slow moments during first half, but as the story proceeds during second half, it has gripping moments with an unexpected climax.
With Sun Pictures vigorously promoting the film and no big contenders ahead, the film will go successfully.
Verdict: A Brilliant Mankatha Game
HOT! 10 best moments of Mankatha
There should always be more enjoyable moments for a high profile entertainer in movies. since it reaches the audience of different levels of expectations and tastes it is not essential that such a film should endorse the votes of all. The director may try to apportion the major constituents of the script to suit the shooting and quite particular, the protagonist or to say, the hero. But when for a movie having the relics of the hero in antagonistic approach it is very natural that the director’s task needs some reverse gear to move the wagon. This is what happens when we watch Mankatha with Ajith being portrayed in his unusual foray for a hero.
Top 10 moments watching Mankatha
Of course, Ajith himself has preferred to admit that his anti-heroic deed always paid rich dividend as happened in Vaali, Varalauru et al. hence we can easily presume that Ajith intended to excel with his involvement and dedication to break the ice in his own style. In the movie, as the title reflects, he plays the game with ease, classy and thumbnail scenic actions. Here’s a list of top 10 moments that audience could cherish while watching Mankatha.
Plot to finish off the gang
Normally the hero will devise his plans to take vengeance on the villainy or to thwart the ruffian deeds of the gangster. But in this movie, Ajith (as Vinayak Mahadev) delves into scoops of plans to take on the gang of Ashwin, Vaibhav, Mahat and Premji. As this moment is revealed before the interval we are all set to get ourselves into the trail of knowing the consequences.
Intro song – Vilayadu Mankatha
If there should be a hero of mass, the introduction should also be of classy and peppy. Here the director has set the tempo with the title song itself. To add more rhythm, Ajith’s dance among the crowd in a fumy environment sets the tone of party swing. The pace of the dance is the cult for this moment as it invokes lot of information that would follow in the movie.
Style with Cigarette
If Superstar Rajnikanth won fame for his style of picking the cigarette to his lip by throwing, here in the film Ajith makes a stylistic smoking. As with his real life temperament, the slow puffing is the attractive ( of course for his fans) and it is more amazing to watch him retain the ash of the smoke even after more puffs.
Ajith’s boldness to take on the police get up
In the Tamil cine field, there a few artists for whom the police get up will be perfect suit. This is for the physique they posses and the dialogue delivery. For Ajith, the physique may look odd for this police costume yet it takes the stride. There are similar police officials in the department who don’t care about their physique and the outlook. Ajith’s neglect of his heroic look by retaining the salt and pepper outlook is a real challenge for the hero of his caliber.
Logo for Thala’s 50th movie
Normally for a product to sell in the market or the company to withstand in the market from the rest logo is the most important element. For Mankatha, Venkat Prabhu was more conscious to focus the prominence of the film – 50th for Thala. Keeping the moment, Prabhu devised the logo in a formalistic way.
Rides and stunt stints with superbike
For a hero to depict his heroism the director may involve any sort of superiority. Since Ajith is a professional biker, Venkat Prabhu followed suit by allocating road stunts. Even at the time of shooting, it was mentioned that everyone in the unit was amazed to watch Thala riding the superbike at a reckless speed of 200 km/hr. as bike plays a revolving role in the scene, Ajith’s wheeling stunts are awesome to watch which no other hero would dare to do.
Climax and unraveling the truth with breaking the suspense
For a film to change the tempo the climax should reveal the truth or take the audience to surprise with usual or unusual twists. Here in Mankatha, Venkat Prabhu has made the climax just to please the fans of Thala thereby taking him to the real outlook. The suspense is broken in a more charismatic manner with Thala appearing in a grand manner.
Daring act with Jayaprakash, Trisha’s father
When we said, Thala is enthusiastic and comfortable for this anti-hero episodes, even the human relationships with his familiar people are no exceptions. Though he has the guts and hugs with Trisha, he does not mind to push Trisha’s father Jayaprakash, out of the car. This he does after fully aware that Trisha is watching his acts. The gruesome act from a romantic hero which, again, no other hero would accept to perform.
Thala’s dance in Machi Open the Bottle
For an item number with lot of energy, the music is expected to kindle the effect of joy. In the song Machi Open the Bottle, the huge chunk of dancers could not diminish the intermittent appearance of Ajith and his dance to the tunes. Really the top class notch for this movie.
Very few film Tamil films are worth (standing) waiting at the theaters to watch the end Credits. Mankatha is one such film. Thala’s unexpected dance at the photoshoot with Arjun, “Innoru Dhaba Sollu” dialog, Vaibhav’s “Naan Adikkala Naan Adikkala”, Premji’s Endhiran-Repeat – Enna Yaarlum Alikka Mudiyathu are all highly fun to watch and was well received by the audience.
It is true that there are so many other moments in the movie which are also noteworthy for their significance. But we can sort them out of our priority and which could be approved by the mass. Mankatha is a complex movie with so many ifs and buts. So there could be a final verdict about the movie’s moments. Of the whole watching moment, the movie takes us to a different situation and it takes long time to stop our discussion about the movie. In recent years, no such movie has made this kind of opening in the Kollywood and has enabled the audience to watch a movie worth their money and time.
The game still continues with the puzzle from Thala – Onna Anjakkarathu Perusa, Naala Anjakkarathu Perusa!! Mankatha Da!!