Saturday 18 June 2016
Sundar C's Muthina Kathirikai is a decent remake of Malayalam hit Vellimoonga, a quirky tale on how an underdog yet cunning politician from a small town climbs up the ladder with his intelligent strategies.
Muthupandi (Sundar C) is a 41 year old small time politician in Kovilur. At a very young age, Muthupandi lost his dad and he remained a chronic bachelor to take care of his family and his only aim is to become a successful politician.
Interestingly, two state based parties have upper hand in Muthupandi's constituency whereas his national party doesn't have a big vote base. Meanwhile, Muthupandi also gets one of his long time wish done, as he has finally sees his dream girl Maya (Poonam Bajwa), daughter of his teenage crush (Kiran Rathod). The rest of the film is all about Muthupandi's political strategies in winning both elections and the heart of his sweetheart.
However the simplicity and innocence of the characters in the original is lost here, blame it on the Tamil nativity and loud characterisation. For a political satire, why was the heroine made to look glamourous? Even Poonam Bajwa's introductory scene in the temple has been shown in a sleazy manner. The big relief is Sathish and his comic one liners.
Performance wise, Sundar C is in top form convincing as the middle aged politician but we wish he should have directed the film. The rest of the actors including VTV Ganesh, Singam Puli and Sriman is there to provide more laughter.
N Srikanth's editing is not up to the mark as he still follows the old techniques whereas Bhanu Murugan's cinematography is just okay. Siddharth Vipin is strictly average. Overall, Muthina Kathirikai can be watched once.
Muthina Kathirika review:Time Pass