Priya Bhavani Shankar
Director : Rathna Kumar
Producer : Kaarthekeyen Santhanam
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Filmmaker Rathna Kumar makes his debut with this Rom-Com flick Meyaadha Maan. Vaibhav, Priya Bhavani Shankar of Vijay TV fame and Induja have played the lead roles. Kaarthikeyan Santhanam has produced this film under the banner of Stone Bench Creations. Santhosh Narayanan and Pradeep have composed music for this film.
The arrival of short filmmakers into mainstream movies keeps running into monstrous numbers. The latest one to join the bandwagon is Rathna Kumar, who had made the same movie as short feature that featured Jil Jung Juk fame Sananth in lead role. Translating a short film into full length feature always has its pros and cons, where certain things are quite unavoidable. Let us see if Rathna Kumar has tried breaking that perceived norms.
The film opens with Idhayam Murali (Vaibhav) on the verge of ending his life with suicide. Sooner, we find his close friend (Vivek Prasanna of Vikram Vedha fame) rushing towards Madhumitha (Priya Bhavani Shankar), who is getting engaged. She is enlightened about by Vivek about his crazy friend, who has been in one-sided love for past three years. In return, she yells at Murali for this dim-witted deed. The story instantly shifts to a year later and what unfolds next is a series of egoistic clashes between them, which gets blended with a bonding between Murali and his younger sister Sudarvizhi (Induja).
Will this young guy and girl with cold vibes, sweet feelings but hugely egoistic get united or not?
Having said that the film is an extended version of a short film, it has a substantial first half that proceeds with fun and enjoyable moments, especially the first 15 minutes is splendid . The interval portion has been something surprising, but sooner by the second half, few things take an amateur approach with narration. Especially, when Priya’s parents don’t show approval for her marriage with Vaibhav, an idea she proposes is completely irking. We don’t mean to say that it’s wrong, but having carried out a decent package of entertainment, this one stands out to be constraints in letting family audiences enjoy the show. Somewhere, it faintly reminiscences of Siva Manasula Sakthi drama between the lead pair to a certain extent. The emotional episode between Vaibhav and Induja by the penultimate to climax portion is very well presented. On the other end, the love story between Induja and Vivek Prasanna is an unexpected astonishment. Director Rathna Kumar has showcased the typical Royapuram lifestyle and he deserves special mention for this. Musical score by Santhosh Narayanan and Prasanna are highly appreciable.
When it comes to flip side, it eventually has certain weak moments in narration. Firstly, the entire story is predictable. We get to hear Vaibhav has been madly in love with Priya for 3 years, but there isn’t a single visual depiction instead just verbal explanations doesn’t fulfill the wish of that situation.
Vaibhav has made us of this opportunity very well and has expressed himself with maturity. Priya has to improvise a little on her performance. The greatest showstopper is Induja, who plays the sister of Vaibhav.
Meyaadha Maan is a simple tale with predictable screenplay, but loaded with entertainment factors to cater single screen audiences, it will get its due credits for this Diwali festival.