6/16/2017 4:57:00 PM
Thousands of years back, a king named Irumburai sensing his kingdom will be attacked by a bigger and more powerful empire decides to meditate to seek the power he needs to defeat his opponents. In time, a holy spirit comes and grants him a sacred coin that helps him oust any force that comes on his path. He defeats all his enemies and goes on to become one of the biggest kings ever to have walked on the planet. When he reaches the age of 90, he realizes his time is coming to an end and decides to not give the sacred coin to anyone and has it buried with him after his death.
Fast forward to 1990, an archaeologist excavates the sacred coin. Soon after, the people who come in possession of it start dying after they are involved in violent vehicular accidents. It is later revealed that the spirit of Irumburai is protecting the coin and not allowing it to come under anybody's possession.
We come to the present time and Aadhi is under a huge debt of forty lakhs. He decides to get settled and is introduced to a group of looters led by Ramdoss. Realizing Ramdoss is only involving himself in petty theft, Aadhi decides to steal something big to settle once and for all. On the other hand, a person from China in search of the sacred coin comes to Chennai and seeks Mime Gopi for the job. They announce that whoever gets the sacred coin will be rewarded with Rs. 10 crores. However, many are reluctant to go after it since they are quite familiar with its history and the ordeals that come with it. Aadhi then comes to know about the sacred coin and soon after he faces many obstacles. The rest of the plot of Maragathanaanayam revolves around whether Aadhi manages to get the sacred coin and if he is befriended with luck.
Aadhi has chosen an apt role and has delivered a top notch performance. Despite the presence of many characters, he has taken this role and done it justice. Nikki Galrani's role is different from her co-stars in the film and she has performed it extremely well. The role she chose is something many leading actresses will think twice before giving the nod and she deserves to be complimented to dive in bravely for such a part. A big USP of this film however is without a doubt Ramdoss. The antics he pulls leaves everyone in splits and is yet another feather in his cap. He along with Daniel Annie Pope and Arunraja Kamaraj propel the film to new heights. Anandraj as a hi-tech villain is a fodder for comedy gold and he has done just that. Mime Gopi, Kota Sreenivasa Rao, Telugu actor Bhramanandam all have short roles, but play their parts to perfection.
Direct ARK Saravanan has attempted to make a completely different film from the lot coming out today and succeeds immensely. The story that has churned makes us wonder how did he do it. Not a single scene in the film can be said as unnecessary as they all blend seamlessly with the story and come out as a fine product. Although there are many characters, each of them will remain etched in our memories even after we walk out of the cinema halls. Screenplay is supreme in Maragathananayam and we are taken into a truly satisfying adventure for which the young filmmaker deserves a standing ovation.
P. V. Shankar's cinematography skills come to the fore and he has shown the film in a colorful manner. Dhibu Ninan Thomas's songs gel well along with the plot and so does he score high in the background score department. GK Prasanna's editing skills are exceptional and he has cut the entire film with proper attention.
In short, Maragathananayam is a sacred addition to must-watch films this year.