Remaking a yesteryear film is always a risky job, as the audience likes to compare the movies. Adding to that if a director chooses a superstar's film, he should be confident that the actor chosen for the latest version should be acceptable face and should have the mass appeal. Director Suraj has joined hands with Dhanush for the remake of Rajinikanth's 1989 film Mappillai. The director has retained the title and has chosen Rajini's son-in-law to play the lead role, which again is considered as a wise move by trader analysts. Now let us see what they have to offer. Read on for Mappillai remake.
Saravanan (Dhanush) is a self-esteemed person, who is blessed with all qualities of a good human being. He falls in love with Gayathri (Hansika Motwani), the daughter of business tycoon Rajeshwari (Manisha Koirala). Soon, their love blossoms and her mother comes to know about their affair. Without any hesitation, she gives nod to their marriage because she felt that he is the tailor-made boy for her daughter, as she thinks that the boy would obey her orders and would be a henpecked husband. But just before the wedding, Saravanan's other face of a terror gets revealed, which makes Rajeshwari to oppose the marriage. However, Saravanan-Gayathri get married against her wish and then starts a cat and mouse game between the son-in-law and the mother-in-law. How he breaks the ego of Rajeshwari forms the rest of the story.
As expected, Dhanush steals the show with his histrionics. He has done his role with good ease and his in dialogue delivery is good. Manish Koirala has given an excellent performance as his mother-in-law. Her character and her rich costumes make it a worth a watch. Hansika Motwani, who is called as Chinna Khushboo, has got a decent debut in Tamil. Vivek's comedy are good at parts. But at times, his overacting and costumes irritate the audience. 2011 Mappillai is rich and has good technical values. The director has changed the script to suit the taste of the new-age audience. Music by Mani Sharma is good and cinematographer SR Sathish Kumar has done a commendable job. However, the director should have worked a bit more on the script, as it has got some loopholes, which irritate the audience at times. There are some silly errors and senseless sequences, which make no logic nor add value to the film. Nonetheless, Mappillai is watchable and has got all the commercial ingredients to entertain the audience.
Cast: Dhanush, Hansika Motwani, Manisha Koirala, etc.
Music: Mani Sharma
Cinematography: S R Sathish Kumar
Producers: Nemichand Jhabak and Hitesh Jhabak