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Maaveeran Kittu Review

Review by IndiaGlitz [ Friday, December 2, 2016 • Tamil ]
Maaveeran Kittu Review
Vishnu,Sri Divya,R. Parthiepan,Soori,Kasi Viswanathan,
D. Imman

Director Suseenthiran known for his meaningful films like ‘Vennila Kabbadi Kuzhu’ and ‘Aadhalaal Kadhal Seiyveer’ has joined hands for the third time with his protégé Vishnu Vishal in ‘Maveeran Kittu’ a tale about a fight against the caste system. Whether the duo repeat their past success remains to be seen.

Kittu (Vishnu Vishal) is a bright student belonging to a lower caste whose people suffer in every way at the hands of the upper caste who do not even allow their dead to be carried through the village. Chinna Rasu (Parthiban) a press owner is the voice of the downtrodden who wishes Kitttu to become a Collector after he secures the first mark. Gomathi (Sri Divya) belonging to the higher caste is also in Kittu’s college and falls in love with him. When the suppressed people join together to run a bus service and Kittu’s entry into the IAS irks the uppercaste (Nattaamai) Nagineeru and his son Selvaraj (Harish Uttaman) who is the local cop. In one master stroke they plan to spoil Kittu’s love,disrupt his IAS dreams and also end the bus service. Whether Kittu and Chinnarasu thwart the schemes of the villains or fall prey to them forms the rest of the story.

Vishnu Vishal after tasting commercial success with ‘Indru Nettru Naalai’ and ‘Velaiyinu Vanthutta Vellaikaran’ has obviously surrendered to his mentor and has done whatever he has been told without much of a niggle. But he somehow does not fit into the role of a Madurai lower caste villager. Parthiban, probably for the first time in his career has done a role without a trace of his "nakkal" and "nayandi" which is refreshing and he gets to mouth some hard hitting dialogues against caste suppression. Sri Divya as usual fits the village girl role to the T but has nothing much to do to make an impression except look pretty in the overdose of songs. Soori the number one comedian in Tamil cinema today, thanks to the barotta comedy written by Suseenthiran appears in a role that could have been done by an extra. Harish Uttaman as the main antagonist is menacing while Nagineedu who plays his father is absolutely miscast.

The first thirty minutes are so are well shot and enacted and the raging casteism of the eighties (which continues to this day) is captured well, making one believe that we are in for an authentic documentation of the evil which will bring about an awareness if not change in the minds of the people. The backbone of ‘Maaveeran Kittu’ is the hard hitting dialogues which are a wakeup call for those in power even today.

D.Imman has given some pleasant melodies and the song in the first half "Inaivom’ written by Yugabharathi raises goose bumps. His BGM though gives the feeling of déjà vu. Full marks to cinematographer Soorya A. R. for rendering crispy clean images of the village and the forests consistently from frame one to fade out. Editor Kasi Viswananthan could have done a lot better to remove the boredom in the majority of scenes. Shekar’s art direction is worth mentioning.

Director Suseenthiran deserves high praise for choosing a subject that many would hesitate to touch and for driving home his point in the first half even though the screenplay falters in the second.

Verdict: Go for the bold attempt to voice for the suppressed people who exist even today.

Rating: 2.50 / 5.0

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