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  • Maharaja Movie Review: Vijay Sethupathi excels in revenge Drama Born from the Philosophy of Karma 

    Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Anurag Kashyap, Mamta Mohandas, Nataraj, Bharathiraja, Abhirami, among others.

    Written and Directed by: Nithilan Swaminathan

    Music by: Ajaneesh Loknath

    Editing by: Philomin Raj

    Cinematography by: Dinesh Purushothaman

    Produced by: Sudarshan Sundaram, Jagadeesh Palaniswami

    Release Date: 14-06-2024

    The latest film starring Tamil cinema’s celebrated actor Vijay Sethupathi is ‘Maharaja‘, marking the 50th film of his career. Directed by Nithilan Swaminathan, it features prominent roles by Mamata Mohandas, Anurag Kashyap, and Munish Kant, with music composed by Ajaneesh Loknath. Released on June 14th in both Tamil and Telugu, the film has generated considerable anticipation. Does ‘Maharaja’ live up to expectations? Has Vijay Sethupathi once again mesmerized audiences with his performance? Let’s explore this review to find out.

    What’s the Story?

    Maharaja (Vijay Sethupathi), a barber, lives with his daughter Jyothi on the outskirts of the city after losing his wife in an accident. One day, injured, he arrives at a police station to report that intruders attacked his home and kidnapped Lakshmi, a woman who had saved his daughter’s life. He urgently requests the police to find her. The story raises several questions: Who is Lakshmi? Why was Maharaja attacked? What issues does he have with the attackers? What harm came to his daughter? And ultimately, was Lakshmi found?

    Performance Analysis

    Vijay Sethupathi, in the role of Maharaja, delivers a stunning performance as usual, carrying the entire movie on his shoulders. His portrayal in the mass action sequences, where he avenges the wrongs done to his daughter, is spectacular. Sachana, as Jyothi, impresses with her acting, especially in the climax. Anurag Kashyap, as the antagonist Selvam, is captivating. Mamta Mohandas, Bharathiraja, Manikandan, Aruldas, and others do justice to their roles.

    Direction Insights

    Though director Nithilan Swaminathan presents what appears to be a routine revenge drama, by integrating the philosophy of karma, he brings a fresh perspective. The screenplay is thrilling throughout, with Vijay Sethupathi’s exceptional acting making the film stand out. Unforeseen twists add emotional depth, particularly in the interval and climax episodes. While the first half largely introduces the characters, the director skillfully maintains interest, linking various threads including a gang of thieves on one side and the Lakshmi and Jyothi episodes on the other, culminating in a satisfying conclusion for the audience.

    Technical Aspects

    On the technical front, all departments performed well. Ajaneesh Loknath’s music stands out as a major attraction. Philomin’s editing and Dinesh’s cinematography are compelling. The production values are high, with no compromises made on spending.

    Plus Points

    – Vijay Sethupathi’s Acting

    – Twists

    – Music

    Minus Points

    – Slow Narration

    – Dragged Scenes

    Rating by Telugu.yousay.tv: 3/5

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