The Udhayanidhi Stalin-starrer, "Manithan," written and directed by I Ahmed, has opened to positive reviews. The movie was released on Friday, April 29.
"Manithan" is the remake of the Hindi film, "Jolly LLB," which featured Arshad Warsi, Amrita Rao and Boman Irani in the lead roles. The Tamil version of "Jolly LLB", which is made under Udhayanidhi Stalin's home banner of Red Giant Movies, stars Hansika Motwani in the female lead role while veteran actor Prakash Raj has stepped into the shoes of Boman Irani. Aishwarya Rajesh, Radharavi, Vivek, Sathish, Angana Roy, Power star Srinivasan and others form the rest of the cast.
Music of the film has been composed by Santhosh Narayanan, who is fast becoming a rage among aficionados, and the "Aval" and "Mun Sellada" songs have already become chartbusters. The audience has also experienced the background score through the two trailers. R Madhi and JV Manikanda Balaji are the two other important technical members in the team, who have handled cinematography and editing, respectively.
"Manithan" is a courtroom drama featuring the conflict between good and evil. An ordinary lawyer Sakthi (Udhayanidhi Stalin) comes to Chennai for survival and to further his career. As luck would have it, he bags a big case involving a powerful man.
However, winning the case is not a cakewalk as a successful lawyer, Adisheshan (Prakash Raj), is hired to plead defence. Their courtroom battle forms the remaining part of the story.
We bring to you the response of the people after they have seen the film:
Ck Mohammed tweeted: #Manithan : Fantastic climax with heart touching dialogues, emotional scenes together by @Udhaystalin - @prakashraaj & #Radharavi at the end.
#Manithan : Punching the loopholes of Indian law system, @Ahmed_filmmaker has delivered a good court drama direction,good show! @Udhaystalin.
Kaushik (LMK) posted: #Manithan - @Udhaystalin more than holds his own against stalwarts like Radha Ravi, Prakash raj. Grt command over dialogs. Climax speech top
#Manithan- @Actor_Vivek keeps the mood light with his trademark wisecracks. Nice to see him in gud form. Lots of other cute little roles too
#Manithan - @ihansika is her usual beautiful self and shows marked improvement in lip sync too nice little role as the supportive lover.
#Manithan - 3.25 / 5.. Touching angle on the homeless platform dwellers. Makes a big connect. Content wise a big win. Hope it's a BO win too
#Manithan -Radha Ravi at his best and of course Prakash Raj in his flamboyant loud self. @Udhaystalin is a grt fit. Emotes grt in the climax
#Manithan - @Music_Santhosh in Hans Zimmer mode, superb songs too. @madhie1 impresses with each frame. Big pillars for @Ahmed_filmmaker
#Manithan - By far the best @Udhaystalin film. Fine job by @Ahmed_filmmaker in adapting Jolly LLB. Gripping court room drama. Must watch
Raisa Nasreen wrote: Watched #Manithan. A solid courtroom drama that is interesting and very well shot. @Ahmed_filmmaker sir this is your best yet.
Srini Mama wrote: Excellent script, gripping screenplay & compelling performances make #Manithan an outstanding courtroom drama! Brilliant movie. Go watch!
Prashanth posted: #Manithan interval - Easily the best of @Udhaystalin . Story is the hero. Good entertainment so far.
#Manithan interval - Santhosh Narayanan is the driving force. Theri BGM.
Done watching #Manithan - clean entertainer. Definitely worth the ticket money.
Common Man Sathish posted: #Manithan - A Motivational Movie with wonderful performances, excellent Cinematography & good Music @Udhaystalin @ihansika @Ahmed_filmmaker
#Manithan - Vivek, @aishu_dil & even people who comes for a minute have done justice to their roles. @Udhaystalin
#Manithan - @ihansika characterisation in the movie was too good. Not yet another usual role. She looks too beautiful in the Movie.
#Manithan - Role of Sakthi completely fits @Udhaystalin , #PrakashRaj - asusual vera level acting. #Radharavi has rocked after long time.
#Manithan - Kudos to @Udhaystalin for giving importance to wonderful script with underlying good message & producing it.
#Manithan - Wonderful characterisation of @Udhaystalin #PrakashRaj #Radharavi acts the biggest plus for this movie. Congrats #Ahmed
Surendhar MK posted: #Manithan: Courtroom dramas are rarely made w/o sensationalism & @Ahmed_filmmaker has handled the material really well. SaNa's BG score
#Manithan: A faithful adaption of #JollyLLB, which works well with Tamil sensibilities. Easily @Udhaystalin's best. Recommended watch
Haricharan Pudipeddi wrote: #Manithan is easily @Udhaystalin's best work so far. A very good adaptation of Jolly LLB. Prakash Raj and Radha Ravi pack a solid punch.
Praveen posted: #Manithan — The unconventional style of songs from #SanthoshNarayanan reflected well on screen. Spiffing BGM! Good camerawork and editing.
#Manithan is arguably the best film of @Udhaystalin and also one among the most well executed films of this year. Strong content wins here!
#Manithan is so much fun & enthralling from start to end! Stunning performances @Udhaystalin, @prakashraaj, Radha Ravi. Dialogues, climax.
#Manithan — 3.5/5 Absolute delight. Well depicted satire on Indian legal system and the corruption. Fantastic direction @Ahmed_filmmaker.