Film: 'Maduve Mane'; Producer: Rehman; Direction: Sunil Kumar Singh; Music: Manikanth Khadri; Cast: Ganesh, Shraddha Arya, Avinash, Sharan, Tabala Naani, Spoorthi and others; Camera: Shekhar Chandru; Rating: ***1/2
With 'Maduve Mane', debutant director Sunil Kumar Singh has presented a neatly packaged film with lots of pretty moments. The freshness in the script and tight narration coupled with fantastic camera work and good performances from lead actors Ganesh and Avinash are the high points of the film.
On the flip side, the inconsistency in the first half may create a jarring note in this total entertainer, yet some flaws in the film will not dilute its overall impact.
Surprisingly, it is Singh's creative outputs that transform the film from being just another light-hearted comedy to a serious, interesting and sentimental story. Singh, who has a lot of experience in directing television serials, has used all his methodology in recreating magic for the family audience. He shines both as a writer and a director in this fully engaging film.
Yet, the film has space for Ganesh's signature style - comedy dialogues - that bloom more in the first half. But, the actor shines better as a performer in the second half.
Suma (Shraddha Arya) is engaged to encounter specialist Adithya (Avinash). While her family is travelling in a train to reach the marriage destination. Suddenly, a youngster Sooraj (Ganesh) enters the train and starts entertaining Suma's family members. She is disturbed with his entry and starts quarrelling with him.
In the marriage hall, the bridegroom Adithya gets a telephone call which gives a new twist to the story. Adithya tells Sooraj to take Suma out of the marriage hall and take her in a car. Sooraj takes her to a forest to hide her from a bunch of hooligans who are following his car. In the meanwhile, Suma starts trusting Sooraj and slowly she gets attracted towards him. In the flashback, the reason why Sooraj enters the train and how he manages to stop the marriage is revealed.
Kudos to Ganesh for accepting such a role which is completely opposite to his romantic hero image. As a performer, he has shown class in the second half while he is his usual self in the comedy sequences.
Another brilliant performance comes from Avinash who has carried off his role with aplomb. Sharaddha Arya should know acting means more than glamour quotient. The cameraman, Shekhar Chandru is the real hero of this film and has worked very well behind the camera.
'Maduve Mane' is a thoroughly watchable film and Ganesh has given an impressive performance.