Magamuni 2019 Movie Reviews & Ratings
Magamuni 2019 Movie Reviews & Ratings: Magamuni is a gripping and intense thriller that is well-craft, and a triumph of smart writing. Director Santhakumar proves yet again that a well-knit script is a key to a successful film. The characterization of Arya who has come out with a stunning performance in a dual role which makes it work to a large extent. Plus, interesting supporting actors, including those playing strong female characters in well-written roles, justify the story.
For a brief moment in the opening stretch of Magamuni, we get to see Arya, playing an inmate in an asylum, striking a pose that looks like a prep for a sequel to Naan Kadavul. But the film quickly dispels this notion, cutting to the flashback – of how this character came to be in the asylum. We see the character, Magadevan, as a cab driver. He is waiting at a signal. A speeding vehicle hits his rearview mirror, breaking it in the process.
Magamuni 2019 Movie Story
The film travels back and forth between two characters, Maga (Arya), a cab driver in Chennai and a dirty job specialist for a politician, and fixer Muthuraj (Ilavarasu). Muni (Arya) is a good Samaritan and an organic farmer who believes in Vivekananda Swami’s teachings and thinks the world of Tamil literature and lives in a village near Erode. It is made clear that Maga is an atheist while Muni practices yoga, and spreads the word of Hinduism.
Maga thinks the world of his wife Viji (Induja) and his five-year-old son. He is also trying to turn a new leaf and leave the world of crime. Muni is happy living with his loving mother (Rohini) and wants to be a ‘Nitya Brahmachari’, and at the same time impart knowledge to students. Deepa (Mahima Nambiar) is a journalism student, and daughter of local landlord Jeyaraman (Jayaprakash), who is in awe of the soft-spoken Muni.
Trouble erupts for Maga when one of the rivals of Muthuraj tries to fix him in an earlier murder case, which is planning by him. Muthuraj, to save himself and his nephew, enters into connivance with the police, and makes Maga the bad guy. At the same time, Jeyaraman does not like his daughter moving around with Muni, a lower caste man, and wants to eliminate him.
What made an ordinary story exciting are Santhakumar’s treatment and the way he handles the plot. Till the interval point, the audience has no clue whether Maga and Muni are two different people or are they one and the same. The answers are there in the second half, and the way their lives intersect is told in a thrilling manner. The director is able to keep us hooked, and retain the suspense element to the very end.
The female characters in the film look real in well-written roles, whether it Induja as Viji, the simple girl who is madly in love with her husband, and wants to dress up and look good, or Mahima Nambiar as Deepa, the fiercely independent girl, who has a mind of her own. Deepa, in a small role as the cantankerous wife of the politician, is so life-like, it says to be model on the wife of a famous Tamil politician.
The film also delves into murky Dravidian politics. he uses of platform speakers to hurl abuse on the opposition, casteism in rural areas, corrupt police force, and encounter killings to eliminate rivals. Arya, in a dual role, has given a knockout performance, and the girls, Mahima Nambiar, and Induja are very good, along with the supporting cast. Music director Thaman’s background score is in perfect sync with the mood of the film. On the downside, the film is slow-paced at 158 minutes. It looks like the director is in no hurry to tell the story, and is into too much detailing.
But overall, Magamuni is gripping and thrilling. It stands out for the way the director has delved into the subject of Karma and redemption, and also the socio-political issues, without being preachy.
Magamuni 2019 Movie Cast & Crew
Produced by: K.E. Gnanavelraja
Music by: S. Thaman
Cinematography by: Arun Bathmanabhan
Film Editing: V.J. Sabu Joseph
Art Direction: Rembon Balraj
Costume Design: Deepali Noor
Makeup Department: Vinoth Sugumaran
Sound Department: Tapas Nayak
Costume and Wardrobe Department: Perumal Selvam
Music Department: Javed Ali, Kavingyar Muthulingam
Magamuni Movie Verdict
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