Arya shines " Magamuni " .

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. 

Two long -separated brothers end up in life threatening situations .
The characterisation of Arya, who has come out with a stunning performance in a dual role, makes it work to a large extent. Plus, interesting supporting actors, including those playing strong female characters in well-written roles, justify the story.

Director Santhakumar, who made that brilliant Mouna Guru (2011) (remade in Hindi by AR Murgadoss as Akira), has taken his time over the script of Magamuni, his second film.   

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 female characters in the film look real in well-written roles, whether it Induja as Viji, the simple girl who is madly in love with her husband, and wants to dress up and look good, or Mahima Nambiar as Deepa, the fiercely independent girl, who has a mind of her own. 

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. Music director Thaman's background score is in perfect sync with the mood of the film. 

But overall, Magamuni is gripping and thrilling. 

Rating : 3.5 / 5

saleem p.chacko.

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