Maharaja – Review


Powerful and poignant 


– Review

Vijay Sethupathi is a barber who leads a simple life. He focuses only on his work and school going daughter, who is a sports enthusiast.

The duo share a common love for a dustbin that they fondly call ‘Lakshmi’. One day Vijay Sethupathi wants to file an FIR because ‘Lakshmi’ has been stolen from his home.

The police refuse to take him seriously believing it’s a silly request but Maharaja doesn’t budge from the police station.

He wants his Lakshmi back. Why is this Lakshmi so important, were the police able to find it, why Vijay Sethupathi and his daughter are so obsessed with the dustbin forms the rest of the story.

The movie directed by Nithilan Swaminathan starts as a slow burner. The entire first half is mostly about character establishments and it seems that there are several loose ends.

However, the movie picks up pace right from the interval. The real motive of the characters are revealed and all the loose ends starts to make sense.

The non-linear narrative makes it difficult to keep track of the proceedings, but that is also what makes the movie interesting.

Vijay Sethupathi gets a solid role and delivers an outstanding performance in his 50th outing. The charcater is well written and Vijay Sethupathi has brought out the nuances of the changes in the character in an effective manner.

Vijay Sethupathi’s bonding with his daughter has also been brought out well. Anurag Kashyap also gets a strong role and is impressive in it.

Natty, Mamta Mohandos and Abhiraami have all delivered what was expected from them.

Ajaneesh Lokanath’s background score is impressive and gels well with the various moods in the movie.

Dinesh Purushothaman’s camerawork is top notch. Rest of the technical aspects in the movie are good as well.

Rating: 3.8/5

By Naveen

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