Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA is a 2013 Tamil film directed by Manivannan. It is a sequel to Amaithi Padai (1994) which was considered as the greatest political movie in Tamil Cinema and is set to become Manivannan‘s 50th movie as director.
The film stars Sathyaraj in lead role thus making it as his 200th film and Seeman will play the other leads along with Mrudala, Komal Sharma and Varsha.
Manivannan and his son Raghu Manivannan have also important roles.
James Vasanthan is the music director of the film which will be shot in Coimbatore and surrounding areas in one single schedule.
S. Ravichandran and K. Suresh are producing the movie under the banner of V House Production.
Movie: Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA
Directed by Manivannan
Produced by S. Ravichandran, K. Suresh
Story & Screenplay: Manivannan
Star Cast: Sathyaraj as Amavasai, Manivannan as Manimaran, Seeman, Raghu Manivannan as Gangai Kondaan, Mrudula Murali as Shenbagavalli, Komal Sharma, Varsha Ashwathi, Anshiba, MS Bhaskar, Vaiyapuri, Krishnamoorthy
Music: James Vasanthan
Cinematography: D. Sankar
Editing: R. Sudharsan
Studio: V House Production
Witty lines and restored energy of Ammavaasai makes this flick appealing in places. Nagaraja Chozhan MA MLA had its expectation bars remaining on top of the cherry-pick for these factors that include a Sathyaraj – Manivannan combination. Does the magic Amaidhipadai retain or not is something we’ll have looked up here.
The film traces through the political phase of Nagaraja Chozhan (Sathyaraj), the newly elected Deputy Chief Minister, who later with his conniving acts manages to hold CM position. His new deal with foreign companies to demolish the forest along with its dwellers and raise an industry might be a piece of cake to him. But will he manage to accomplish with it or not forms crux of the story.
Marking 50th film of Manivannan, the director was surefooted in gaining the laurels. Well, the film as mentioned above boasts of satirical elements of politics and humorous conversations between Sathyaraj and Manivannan, which stands out as the major highlight.
Of course, the basic plot of the film is quite appreciable about the contemporary politics, but the fallible writing diminishes these elements to a major extent. Perhaps, the characterization of Seeman (loosely inspired from Tamil Leader) could have been completely avoided as it stands nowhere closer to this film.
The first half of the film carries some interesting moments and the surprise entry of Sathyaraj in another role as police officer creates a new line of expectation, but he hardly appears in the second hour. There are too many actors in the film and the sub-plots are too heavy for the audience to carry. Manivannan tries to outmatch reprising his role of Amaidhipadai, but slightly fails due to his declined energy.
One really wonders, what’s a Deputy Chief Minister-later-a Chief Minister is doing across a hill station like Ooty and Wayanad and with coolness hear the characters say, ‘Ayya Sattasabhaila irukkaaru‘. If a better choice of actor was cast in Sathyaraj son’s role(played by Manivannan’s son), the screenplay would have gained more strength. The visuals of Kerala forests are captivating in places and editing with discontinuities between the scenes could have been avoided. The climax is quite convincing and moreover the scenes of Amaidhipadai during the final credits is a consolation gift for the audience, who isn’t satisfied with the film.
What works: Sathyaraj‘s baddie politician act, hilarious lines of present-day TN politics
What doesn’t work: Screenplay, characters without intentions, songs, irrelevance in sequences…
Verdict: Ammavasai impresses, but fails to recreate the magic…
Soundtrack is composed by James Vasanthan.
- Kannadi Papa – Pooja
- Malamele – Palaniammal, Mahalingam
- Mamanukku Ennadi – Nancy, Vasudha, Sarayu
- Suda Sudathan – MK Balaji
- Viraivil Vidiyum – James vasanthan