Review for Madhuraraja:
•Genre: Action Comedy Drama.
•Duration: 02 Hours 27 Minutes.
•Theatre: Ajantha Theatre Trivandrum.
•REVIEW BY: ARUNJYOTHI. R. VALIYAVEETIL.
2: Performance of actors.
4: Music and Background Score.
1: Predictable Story.
2: Half baked Screenplay.
5: Art Direction.
•ONE WORD: Madhuraraja, an average movie and a treat for Mammootty Fans.
An illegal hooch runs an entire village in his control by doing his dirty business. Only one man can save the people and the village. Madhuraraja arrives to help his family and the people.
•ANALYSIS TO DIRECTION, STORY, SCREENPLAY, AND DIALOGUES:
The movie is directed by the hitmaker Vysakh and the story, screenplay and dialogues are written by Udaykrishna.
As well all know the director Vysakh is brilliant for making a complete package of commercial entertaining movies for every type of audience which will definitely consist of all the elements for a worthy watch. So after the industrial hit Pulimurugan, he comes with the sequel of his super hit movie Pokkiriraja.
So when he comes with the Madhuraraja he executes the movie with his same directional style for making a striking performance for Mammootty. The entire direction held by Vysakh was passionate but he was not able to end the movie as perfect as the first part because of the fully predictable story and unworked screenplay.
The main problem with the movie is the storyline. The story doesn’t offer anything new and the twist and turn which the writer had implemented doesn’t have any impact to pass the authentic thrill. The various moments in the story was really unrealistic and logic-less.
If the writer had given more efforts to the screenplay Madhuraraja could have been given more thrilling and as an engaging worth movie. The movie has various incidents aiming with a various twist and turn but sadly these targeted factors don’t have any impact to pass the authentic thrill.
The screenplay of the movie was having the combined factors of actions, love, emotions, politics, betrayal, brotherhood, etc, so sadly, the director had done his best but the story writer was failed to execute these elements to show its intensity and impact. The way the makers had ended the movie and the climax which the writers had written was poor and overdramatic with the same old repeating stuff of every commercial movie.
The comedies in the film were entertaining but when the movie reaches to the main plot the film suffers a lot to make it as more appealing for the audience because of the half baked screenplay and cliche storyline. The story was travelling at a fast pace which offers eventful but the targeted mass scenes had only partially worked which resulted out in lacking the strong punches.
The movie was cleverly targeted for Mammootty fans and for the fans the movie will be a treat because of the remarkable screen presence of their favorite star Mammootty.
The dialogues in the movie were filled with punch conversations in which half of them worked but remaining as I said earlier was concluded on an average level. The comedy dialogue was hilarious and most of the humor had worked out. The emotional dialogues were also sentimental.
So overall the director Vysakh had done a good job in his direction but sadly the script and writing of Udaykrishna don’t come up to the level of Pokkiriraja. If he had written the script much more carefully with engaging elements the movie could have been ended as a perfect worth watch film.
•PERFORMANCE OF ACTORS:
The movie comes with a huge stat casting which includes Mammootty, Tamil actor Jai, Jagapathi Babu, Narain, Siddique, Vijayaraghavan, Nedumudi Venu, Salim Kumar, Kalabhavan Shajon, Charan Raj, Dharamajan Bolgatty, Biju Kuttan, Mani Kuttan, Anusree, Anna Reshma Rajan, Shamna Khasim, Mahima Nambiar and Sunny Leone for an item number.
Mammootty as Madhuraraja was outstanding by his energetic performance. His entire performance was magnificent with his unique style. His humor and his own English language were entertaining. His actions were also terrific with his brilliant moves.
Jai as Chinnan had an important role. His actions were superb and his romantic scenes were also good. Also, his scenes with Mammootty were also first class.
Jagapathi Babu as the villain who played the character Nadeshan did a surpassing performance. His negative shade and characterization were wonderful. The lip sinking also matched genuinely. His against actions with Mammootty was thrilling and his acting was on upper-level.
Siddique role Rajendra Babu IPS was surprising with a twist and his performance was notable. The supporting roles of Vijayaraghavan as Krishnan Mama and Nedumudi Venu as Madhavan Nair did total justice to their respective characters. Santosh Keezhattoor as the police head constable and Jayan Chertala did a noteworthy performance.
Salim Kumar as Manoharan Mangalodayam, Biju Kuttan, Kalabhavan Shajon, Ramesh Pisharody as a journalist and Noby Marcos entertained with their comedies.
Ansuree as Vasanthi did a strong performance and her emotional scenes were also amazing. Mahima Nambiar as Meenakshi was gorgeous with her outlook and with her traditional Kerala costumes. The romantic scenes of Mahima Nambiar were also adorable. Anna Reshma Rajan as Lissy who did the nurse character was also good.
The item number of Sunny Leone was glamorous with her marvelous outlook and incredible dance moves.
•MUSIC & TECHNICAL ASPECTS :
The musical work of the movie is composed by the hitmaker Gopi Sunder. The song ‘Kandile Kandile’ sung by Anwar Sadath was average with a festival mode backdrop and the song was moderate in setting the scene. The theme music ‘Raja Raja Raja’ sung by Gopi Sunder was pretty good but not perfect as the old theme music of the first part. The item song of Sunny Leone ‘Moha Mundiri’ sung by Sithara Krishnakumar was good and her vocals were perfect but the lyrics written by Harinarayanan was second-rate. The background score was on the with the same style of Gopi Sunder which was impressive. The BGM at emotional scenes were impressive.
The cinematography by Shaji Kumar was adequate with quality visuals. The camera movements for the action sequences was striking with impressive shots. The close up frames and high angle frames were also amazing.
The editing of Mahesh Narayanan and Sunil.S.Pillai was not that crisp and clear which gives some sort of mismatches in the cuts to the next scenes.
The stunts and actions choreographed by Peter Hein were ordinary with similar choreographing style and pattern. Whatever we had seen from his earlier movies the similar stunts, the location, the lighting techniques, movements, etc was also put back into Madhuraraja.
The Visual Effects by the group Prism and Pixels was ok and the Art Direction held by Shajie Naduvil was good but not great, the sets were not having originality especially the backdrop of election campaigns and the locations for forest action sequences.
So overall Madhuraraja is a typical movie for Mammootty Fans. The movie is average but won’t disappoint for a one time watch. It’s better to watch with fewer expectations.