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Mapla Singam  ( U ) (2016)  (Tamil)
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Mapla Singam Review

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Mapla Singam is a perfect case of a decently prepared old wine in a new bottle.
2.5 out of 5 (Fairly Good)  | SMK (NOWRUNNING)
Mapla Singam directed by Rajasekar is yet another rural comedy entertainer sans over-the-top crass jokes and body-shaming on its women characters. An air of gloom always lurks in these days whenever our directors take up a rural subject. The comedy is mostly narrowed down to double-entendres and gross references. However, we are sensibly kept off all the non-sense in Mapla Singam by director Rajasekar, who has packaged a passable entertainer within the space of the film, which in trade parlance would be categorized as a pure C center subject.

Set in the backdrop of a nondescript village, Anbu (Vemal) is a good-for-nothing antithesis of the character that Vijay played in Shahjahan. Yes, you guessed it right. Anbu detests inter-caste/love marriages and makes sure that he somehow separates the couple at ease. Anbu's uncle (Radha Ravi) feels that love marriages need to be revolted by. He is also of the superannuated opinion that women shouldn't be educated because they will be able to make independent decisions, which will eventually spoil the reputation of their families.

Amidst all the old-time characters, we have a bold, determined and firebrand woman in Shylaja (played by Anjali), who gives life to the role. Anbu falls head over heels for Shylaja and how he manages to tie the knot with her forms the rest of the story.

Peppered with good comical sequences thanks to the entourage of comedians including Singam Puli, Munishkanth, Soori, Chinna Swamy to name a few, Mapla Singam works well as a decent entertainer that manages to tickle the funny bones, but only occasionally.

The film also follows the old-fashioned pattern of comedy, sentiment, fight and romance in alternate fashion. It also makes us easily conscious especially when the needless songs find its way into the storyline. Vemal fits the bill, as usual, as the unemployed, well-to-do youngster in the village for the umpteenth time in Tamil cinema.

Overall, Mapla Singam is a perfect case of a decently prepared old wine in a new bottle.

Critic: SMK
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