Starring: Madhavan, Ritika Singh, Nasser, Radharavi, Zakir Hussain and many more
Editing : Sathish Surya
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography: Sivakumar Vijayan
Written by: Arun Matheswaran
Directed by: Sudha Kongara
It is called as Maddy’s comeback film as he is making entry into Tamil industry after sometime. Though he has ‘Tanu weds Manu‘ success in Hindi, he badly wanted a hit in Tamil and lets see whether this film is his much deserving break.
Prabhu (Madhavan) is a ferocious boxing coach, who has a bad name at Indian Boxing Federation. He shares an enemity with chairman Dev (Zakir Hussain), a politician dabbling in administration. Due to a baseless sexual harassment complaint, the committee transfers Prabhu to Chennai. Madhi (Ritika Singh), a fisher woman who accompanies her sister for the training, attracts Madhavan by her skills. He asks her to come for training by paying her and make her train. Madhi goes to big competition but she loses there. The rest of the film moves ahead of how she survives in boxing amid-st the politics in the association.
The second half may make you feel that the screenplay is rushed somewhat, but the first half is an absolute delight. Climax provides the icing on the cake, which makes the blemish in the second half ignorable. Casting is apt which helps the film to go a notch higher. Ritika Singh as Madhi scorches the screen in every frame of the film and its hard to believe she is a debutant. Her way of how she trains boxing and the fierce in her eyes initially against the coach explains how much she has given herself to the film and dubbing is perfect for her. Hats off Ritika.
Madhavan has transformed himself for the role of a boxing coach and delivers an energetic performance. There is no wrong for him to wait for more time to come back and give such a film. Zakir Hussain clearly shows how the sports association works in our country. Nasser once again proves his mettle as assistant coach. Radharavi, Kali Venkat and Mumtaz helps the film to move on its pace. Santhosh’s music is undeniably another hero of the film. Background scores gel with the narration and also elevate emotions to a different level. Sivakumar Vijayan’s visuals look slick and his color choice for different cities deserves a mention.
Sudha Kongara deserves every praise that comes her way for writing and directing such a wonderful film. Arun’s dialogs has helped her immensely all through the film. She has worked a lot and made a non-Tamil girl to act like a proper North Chennai girl and she has succeeded in that. Pace may jump at times but to give such a film under 2 hours is really a big task and Sudha is eligible to get all the compliments. A decent sports flick based on women and the treatment for sportswomen in our country. Do not miss it..!! 🙂