Tamil, Telugu
10 Mar, 2017
4,170 votes
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Maanagaram is a thriller with four separate stories that eventually connect. It is about four youngsters played who hail from small towns and come to a big city like Chennai how the city treats them form the crux of the story.
Its a season of debutant filmmakers who have not tutored under anyone and yet shine brilliantly when given a chance. Lokesh Kanagarajs Maanagaram (Big City), which is a realistic take on life in a metropolitan, is one fine example. With a solid story, deft handling and a seamless screenplay (despite a complex script), extracting the best of performances from the entire cast, picture perfect frames (Selvakumar), engrossing music (Javed Riaz) and crisp editing (Philomin Raj), Lokesh has weaved a captivating thriller which is not to be missed. ...Read full review
In the opening scene of Maanagaram, a character tells his interviewer that he would prefer working in his native, a small town, but given that working in the city is considered to be prestigious, he has decided to take up a BPO job. We think this is going to be one of those city-bashing films that make it a point to remark at every opportunity how bad the city and its people are, but director Lokesh Kanagaraj gives us an exquisite, even-handed thriller handsomely shot (Selvakumar SK), tightly edited (Philomin Raj) and propped up by a grungy score (Javed Riaz) that unobtrusively makes its points while narrating a gripping story. The fact that most of its crew are first-timers makes this feat all the more remarkable. ...Read full review
Somewhere, Lokesh Kanagarajs debut work, Maanagaram (Big City), resembles a Shakespearean play of mistaken identities - of men who suffer because they are at the wrong place and wrong time. The film follows the lives of several people in Chennai during a 48-hour period - which sees the trials and tribulations of these men and women who learn from their personal disasters the value of goodness. ...Read full review
After the stupendous success of Maaya, Potential Studios banner has delivered their second film with a team of fresh talents spearheaded by debut director Lokesh Kanagaraj, whose Maanagaram is a film that keeps the audience engrossed, right from the title card to end credits, as a clearly narrated hyperlink thriller with multiple characters in different situations, intersecting with each other. ...Read full review



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