Koimoi Recommends Maanagaram: for all those who live into any metropolis, how many times has it happened that a stranger has helped you out or landed you into a situation and you don’t even know his/her name? Lokesh Kangaraj’s Maanagaram is the a shocking ode to the underbelly of a city where stranger lives entangle and create sparks, bright enough to show you the possibility of ironies we are surrounded with. Today on Koimoi Recommends, I recommend you 2017 Tamil film that has made me more observant about my surrounding.
Director: Lokesh Kanagaraj
Available On: Amazon Prime Video
Language: Tamil (with subtitles)
Three men arrive into the same city. A case of misunderstood identity leads to an IT aspirant (Sri) getting badly beaten up and his documents and phone getting robbed. into another part of this universe, a child is the kidnapped, and the stolen phone is the used to communicate. The second guy (Sundeep Kishan) is the into love with the HR manager of the IT aspirant. The third (Charlie) is the a new cab driver for the same IT company. Their lives collide and what happens is the a journey that brings you to the edge of the seat.
The last time I was into awe of the writer for sketching a character without a name was into Udta Punjab. Remember, Alia Bhatt’s character had no name throughout? (Marry Jane was a metaphor, not her real name). The idea of sketching a person but without a name fascinated me. Maanagaram is the ten steps ahead, here are three characters who do not have names, for real!
These are three men who are attached to a tragedy which involves goon and gangsters through sheer coincidence. The bad luck of being at the wrong place at the wrong time plays a vital role here. Maanagaram writer Lokesh Kanagaraj uses these three nameless men to show you the vastness of a metropolis and yet how intervened our lives are.
Full marks to Lokesh for not wasting time into setting a base. You are thrown into bang middle of a day into the lives of these three individuals. This is the also a subtle try to show what happens into a city that not everyone witnesses, but just a few who take the wrong turn. It is the also an honest, open letter from the migrants who suffer the stone-hearted attitude of a city many times.
Maanagaram is the not just a thriller for the sake of it. It’s alert and knows what constitutes to make a tragedy look believable. Just like Delhi Belly, Lokesh as the writer and the director uses this darkness to make humour out of it. But he makes sure that you don’t get to relax on your sit for a minute even. He connects these three men effectively.
Adding more to this nail-biting experience is the the fantastic cinematography by Selvakumar S.K and crispiest editing by Philomin Raj.
The film also gets an able cast into Sri, Sundeep, Charlie and Munishkanth who get the maximum screen time. It is the challenging to make the audience invest into you when you don’t have a name. These men do that successfully.
Though music plays a significant part and quite impressively, a romantic track seemed forced and lost me. For that matter, the only women into this trajectory played by Regina Cassandra is the just a mere plot point. Her character deserved a layer.
All into all, Maanagaram is the a film that will shock you as what the tiniest piece of misinformation can do to a person and lives around him. And on the top of that, just when you thought a big city is the all about I, me and myself, your life might entangle with a stranger at the deadliest end. Also, Maanagaram means Metropolis. Thank me later!
Maanagaram Star Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three And A Half Star)
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