Screenplay and Direction
Technical Aspects and BGM
A neatly packaged commercial entertainer!
Adanga Maru is a neatly packaged commercial entertainer from Jayam Ravi, who plays the role of a righteous cop named Subash with great ease. Debutant director Karthik Thangavel's writing is raw and intense, making the film a fairly engaging watch.
Cast: Jayam Ravi, Raashi Khanna, Babu Antony, Sampath, Munish Kanth, Suresh Menon and others
Cinematography: Sathyan Sooryan
Music: Sam CS
Editing: Anthony L Ruben
Stunts: Stunt Shiva
Art Director: Lalgudi N Ilaiyaraja
Written & Directed by Karthik Thangavel
Produced by: Home Movie Makers
Release Date: 21-12-2018
Run Time: 02:26:00
Adanga Maru is a neatly packaged commercial entertainer from Jayam Ravi, who plays the role of a righteous cop named Subash with great ease. Debutant director Karthik Thangavel’s writing is raw and intense, making the film a fairly engaging watch.
After the news of a girl succumbing to injuries after falling from multi-storied building surfaces, police puts closure to the case informing the media as a suicide since the deserted location is known for a lot of such cases. After the classmates of the deceased suspect foul play in the case and refuse to believe that it’s a suicide, Mime Gopi (Inspector of Police) assigns Sub-Inspector Subash (Ravi) to investigate the case. However, Subash, a hard-nosed cop, gradually unties the knots behind the suicide and gathers enough evidence to prove that it’s a murder.
The first half of the film is finely paced, with the proceedings keeping you hooked right till the interval after the characters are properly established. While Raashi Khanna has little less to do in terms of performance, other supporting actors like Sampath, Azhagam Perumal, Mime Gopi have received decent characters to showcase their acting chops. Sampath as the corrupt Joint Commissioner has particularly turned in a good performance. The second half of the film is where Karthik bares it all with his gritty filmmaking style. He had recently mentioned in an interview that he had to re-write 40 scenes to tone down the violence. And, that’s realized well on screen in the second half.
Jayam Ravi has played yet another Angry Young Man role to a tee. Despite carrying out the same shade in different films like Nimirndhu Nil, and Thani Oruvan, Ravi does full justice to his character with an understated performance in the movie. He has quietly underplayed his role too, shouldering the movie with his charismatic screen presence.
Karthik’s filmmaking approach is good, and his story-telling is replete with interestingly constructed twists and turns. Although a few scenes are predictable, the way it pans out towards the end make it watchable.
There’s a lot of exciting elements to watch out for if you’re a tech-savvy film buff. Like how Irumbu Thirai smartly utilized a lot of technological gimmicks to drive the forward, Karthik has wholly relied on technology/gadgets for the entire second half of the film. Sam CS’ background score heightens the tension in a lot of scenes and uplifts the emotional portions well.