Maranthen Mannithen is one of the latest movies to hit the screens in Tamil cinema for this weekend, which stars actors Aadhi, Lakshmi Manchu and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles. The movie is a bilingual also shot in Telugu cinema with the title Gundello Godari. With the theme based on the river Godavari, this seems to be a bold attempt from the director Kumar Nagendra. Although the Tamil cinema followers are not lucky to get movies with different genres and narrations often, since the commercial cinema occupy more space, Maranthen Mannithen still might not impress the audiences, with heavy dose of stereotypical roles.
The plot of Maranthen Mannithen is quite different set in the backdrop of river Godavari. Mallesh (Aadhi) and Chitra (Lakshmi Manchu) end up marrying each other, although they do not wish to be married with each other. While Mallesh’s only dream is to buy his own boat, Chitra is unable to marry his childhood lover Suri (Sundeep Krishnan). Unfortunately, the newly married couple gets caught in a flood in Godavari River and the intensity of the flood makes them think that they are not going to survive. Hence, the couple decides to open up their past and so opens the tale.
Maranthen Mannithen starts with the flood sequence and thrills the audiences, those who are up for such a different genre of filmmaking. However, when the couple decides to tell their past to each other, the flashback stories open up and they are filled with clichéd roles and stereotypical sequences. For an instance, Sarala (Taapsee Pannu) is so lustrous on Mallesh and these kinds of roles do the support the intensity of the plot. The director fails to give solid characterization and this flaw affects the movie heavily.
Actor Aadhi does a neat job and lives up to the expectactions, but his supporting actors have little to perform in underwritten characters. Ilayaraja’s music is a relief and heartwarming and cinematography is also up to mark. More investment in CG could have lead to better visuals.
Overall, Maranthen Mannithen has an interesting plot spoiled by poorly written clichéd roles.