Maragadha Naanayam is a Tamil Fantasy Adventure Comedy movie
directed by A R K Saravan.
Starring Aadhi,Nikki Galrani,Anandaraj,Ramdoss,Danie,Mime Gopi,Kota Srinivasa Rao,Arunraja Kamaraj,M. S. Bhaskar,Brahmanandam,Kaali Venkat,Sangili Murugan,K.Pooranesh.
Film: "Maragatha Naanayam"; Director: TVK Saravanan; Cast: Aadhi, Nikki
Galrani, Ramadass, Anandraj, Daniel Pope, Arunraja Kamaraj and Sangili
"Maragatha Naanayam", a whacked-out horror-comedy, entertains more than
expected and that, believe it or not, is its biggest strength. As
audience, when we walk in with such high expectations for certain films
and walk out disappointed, we easily form a perception and that affects
the way we judge some films.
This is the kind of film that proves every horror cliché wrong, and in
doing so, it succeeds in assuring that there is still scope to innovate
with the genre.
Saravanan's "Maragatha Naanayam", a multi-genre film, though a
heist-thriller, works beautifully as a horror-comedy with a fantasy
twist. The film's story revolves around Aadhi and Daniel who are after
a rare, historic artifact whose possession will make its owner
invincible and earn them Rs. 10 crore. When they learn that the
artifact - Maragatha Naanayam - is guarded by the ghost of its first
owner, King Irumporai, they seek the help of three ghosts to help them
in their mission.
As silly as the plot sounds, it works wonders when aided by comedy and
that's what makes this film a winner. In a comedy, it's not so much
about the story, as much as viewers expect the jokes to work. In
Maragatha Naanayam, you would be surprised how unimaginably funny the
film is and the humour is never in bad taste.
The romance angle, for instance, is treated in the most unexpected
manner and it leaves you in splits for the most part. Aadhi and Nikki
are in love and are together throughout the film but there is no scope
for romance, yet you feel it between them. Nikki's role comes as a big
surprise and it's a relief to see, for once, a heroine not just being
used to titillate the audience. This performance will easily go down as
Nikki's best work yet.
Ramadass, best known for his work in Mundasupatti and Maanagaram,
steals the limelight on many occasions. He is well complemented by
Anandraj, who plays a gangster called Twinkle Ramanathan, and if his
name alone doesn't bring a chuckle or two, you need to see him in the
scene with Aadhi and his gang, especially in the climax where he is so
tired of arguing, he gives up and sits down.
While some gags are unnecessarily stretched even after making their
comic points, it doesn't rob the film of its overall amusement. Most
comic stretches work and while this may definitely not be the best
horror film, it's easily the best comedy of the year.