Mappillai Review

Apr 8, 2011 By Rohit Ramachandran

My problem with Mappillai isn't it not getting everything right; it's it not getting anything right. It makes absolutely no sense. What about the characters and the story? They don't exist. I'm not trying to be funny. I'm dead serious. All that the screenplay has is rhyming catchphrases. Send it to a poetry writing competition for toddlers and it'll win. That's about as much credit as I can give to the filmmaker, Suraj. After the Stupid Padikathavan he degrades himself further with Mappillai. Sun pictures decision to attach its name to the film is purely business- solely based on how hard it tries to charm the audience. It's willing to go to any extent at roping the audience. It doesn't just seek the audience's approval, it begs for it. When the dialogues delivered don't rhyme, they are jokes centered on either infidelity or human waste.

Mappillai is the perfect example of people selling themselves cheap for a lot of money. Dhanush barely does any acting, Hansika Motwani lacks sex appeal, Vivek hits a new low at mental retardation and Manisha Koirala fools herself into thinking that she's playing the most iconic character in the history of cinema. Don't ask me about the camera work or the direction. It's too much of a dud to even take an effort in connecting with the audience. And oh, by the way, the singing and dancing is spastic enough to keep it from outshining the low class film.

Deception, thievery, murder, violence and abuse of authority aren't brought to light as themes; they're glorified. Hooliganism is treated with royalty. If you're a 'Porikki', you can take on the world. No surprise there. The film is distributed by Sun pictures, whose parent company does the same in television serials, where almost every episode has someone getting kidnapped, raped and/or murdered. No person in their right mind would be wooed by such things. But they don't care. They are targeting the impressionable fools who aren't accustomed to independent thinking. The audience is treated as starved cattle; you're expected to chew on whatever is given.

Mappillai is fodder for the low intellect.

<i>Mappillai</i> is fodder for the low intellect.
Rating: 1.1 / 10
Rohit Ramachandran

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