Genre: Thriller / Drama.
Magamuni is a gripping and intense thriller that is well-crafted, and a triumph of smart writing. Director Santhakumar proves yet again that a well-knit script is the key to a successful film.
He has worked on his characterisation, and it shows in the depth of the screenplay, details and dialogues that stand out. The nuances he brings to each character, however minor they are, are crucial to the narration.
The subtle spiritual message that the film wants to convey is that of karma – Everything you do comes back to you, whether it is good or bad.
The film travels back and forth between two characters, Maga (Arya), a cab driver in Chennai and a dirty job specialist for a politician, and fixer Muthuraj (Ilavarasu). Muni (Arya) is a good Samaritan,
and an organic farmer who believes in Vivekananda Swami's teachings and thinks the world of Tamil literature and lives in a village near Erode.
It is made clear that Maga is an atheist while Muni practices yoga, and spreads the word of Hinduism.
What made an ordinary story exciting are Santhakumar’s treatment, and the way he handles the plot. Till the interval point, the audience has no clue whether Maga and Muni are two different people or are they one and the same.
The answers are there in the second half, and the way their lives intersect is told in a thrilling manner. The director is able to keep us hooked, and retain the suspense element till the very end.
The film also delves into murky Dravidian politics, the use of platform speakers to hurl abuse on the opposition, casteism in rural areas, corrupt police force, and encounter killings to eliminate rivals.
Arya, in a dual role, has given a knockout performance, and the girls, Mahima Nambiar and Induja, are very good, along with the supporting cast.