Verdict: Magamuni’s gripping storyline and extraordinary performances make it a great watch.
Magamuni, starring Arya in a double role along with Indhuja Ravichandran, Ilavarasu and Mahima Nambiar in the lead roles, narrates the story of two long-lost brothers. The crime thriller is directed by Santha Kumar and produced by K. E. Gnanavel Raja under the banner Studio Green.
What’s Magamuni About:
The film narrates two parallel stories of Maga and Muni (both played by Arya). Maga is a taxi driver and a hitman for politician Muthuraj, usually involved in sketching plans to eliminate the latter’s enemies. His life has not been devoid of crime and he’s been through many life-threatening instances in the past. One day, he decides to leave the city with his wife Viji (Indhuja Ravichandran) and son and start a new life as soon as Muthuraj pays him his dues.
On the other side, we see Muni, an organic farmer and educator who believes in the principles of Swami Vivekananda, yoga, and bachelorhood. He meets Deepa (Mahima Nambiar), who belongs to a rich upper-class family. She is a student of journalism, involved in a research project. Her friendship with Muni creates misunderstandings between her and her casteist father, who wished to be rid of Muni. Both Maga and Muni are now in trouble and their situations make their lives intersect. How they deal with their issues and whether they make it out alive is explained in the rest of the movie.
After a long time, Arya has portrayed a very serious role and he carries it off beautifully. He is excellent as both Maga and Muni; in fact, his performance makes the film quite intense. Indhuja Ravichandran has tried her best to be natural and Mahima Nambiar does justice to her role. S Thaman‘s background score adds more intensity to the plot and his songs are situational and decent. Cinematographer Arun Bathmanaban has beautifully captured the scenes, especially the beauty of Erode. The dialogues are quite relevant and some of them are applaud-worthy. The film talks about the ugly side of politics and casteism, which has been captured well. There are no out-of-context sequences, unnecessary twists or characters and director Santhakumar has succeeded in delivering a wholesome thriller.
What Could’ve Been Better:
In the first half, the film takes time to establish the characters. There are times when you get confused about scenes as the narration is not linear to the story. Although the songs are situational and not overused, they are easily forgettable. Apart from that, the movie is enjoyable and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Why You Should Watch:
Magamuni is a treat not just for Arya fans but also for everyone who loves intense and gripping storytelling. Watch Magamuni to experience beautiful craft and brilliant acting. It is all about survival and Arya has delivered an extraordinary performance.