Movie Review: Mr. Marumakan
On Aug 19, 2012
The movie has been released targeting the Onam audience, predominantly the family audience, considering the stature of Dileep as 'people's hero'. But Mr. Marumakan suffers from a weak script, stale storyline and poor jokes, all which are ingredients required for the film to be liked by the family audience. And so Dileep's Mr Marumakan can only hope for a moderate success at best, at the box-office.
This is the second time in 2012 that Dileep teams up with the writer duo of Udayakrishna-Siby K Thomas. The first one was 'Mayamohini', which, by far, is the biggest grosser of the year. 'Mr Marumakan' too arrives with a host of big stars in Biju Menon, Khushbu, and Baburaj, other than the superstar in the lead. It reintroduces former child artiste Sanusha as a heroine. Sandhya Mohan's movie is Dileep's Onam release.
But Mr Marumakan falters big time on multiple departments to be termed even an average movie. The storyline has been adapted from a yesteryear Rajnikanth movie, that which his son-in-law had replicated a year back. And 'Ashok Chakravarthy', the character played by Dileep in the movie, has been created with the deliberate intention of elevating Dileep to a bigger star.
Five songs has been squeezed into different places without any need, all of which have been choreographed with special focus on the hero. There is also a fight sequence showing Dileep beating up a group of thugs single-handedly, one which evokes neither sense nor purpose with regard to the story. While putting attention on cashing in on the star value of Dileep, the credibility and context of the screenplay gets compromised a bit too far.
Tamil actor Bhagyaraj appears as Balasubramayam, Dileep's father-in-law. He hasn't got much to do besides supporting 'Ashok Chakravarthy' in carrying out his intentions. 'Raja Mallika' played by Khusboo is his mother-in-law and the main antagonist in the movie. While in no ways befitting to be labelled as great, the performance she gives as 'Raja Mallika' is much better than Dileep's 'Ashok Chakravarthy'.
Yesteryear actress Sheela has been terribly misused as 'Raja Kokila', 'Raja Mallika's mother. The character that the most popular heroine of all time in Malayalam movies got in Mr.Marumakan was hardly worthy an actor her stature. The same could be said for Saikumar, who has been used to merely strengthen 'Ashok Chakravarthy's role in the movie. Harishree Ashokan, who played a significant role in Dileep's rise to superstardom, too gets sidelined severely in favour of the crude and often distasteful humour of Venjaramoodu Suraj.
Baburaj needs to quit trying to be the funny guy anymore for the simple reason that people are no longer laughing at his jokes. The actor is showing no variety or no maturity in choosing his roles. Biju Menon is present in the movie only for namesake as the brother, and so is Nedumudi Venu Dileep's father. Salim Kumar gets enough screen time compared with the rest, but no enough for the actor to chip with his customary and immensely popular one-liners. Sanusha is the lead lady of the movie, but she has a minimal role to play, with only a couple of occasions demanding her to really act; and the young lady makes it clear she has a long way to go before becoming a serious actor.
The film has been shot with a huge cast and has been made in a big budget going by industry standards. Director Sandhya Mohan has presented before the audience a faithful picturisation of the screenplay he was handed over by one of the most successful and in-demand scriptwriter duo of Udaykrishna-Siby K Thomas. But the screenplay itself is hollow and out of context. Music by Suresh Peters and Rajamani fails to bring in the needed amount of energy into the movie.
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