MGR Magan begins with a ancient previous lesson on Theni. As the outlet credit rating roll, we’re confirmed the importance of Col John Pennycuick and the Mullaiperiyar dam he constructed, and the blueprint the British officer continues to be a demigod in many areas surrounding Theni. We even obtain an opening song that no longer factual exalts our hero ‘Anbalippu’ Ravi (Sasikumar), however offers equal, if no longer more, significance to Pennycuick. Now, with the more or much less debates in our neighbouring Utter concerning this dam, it became moderately a surprise that this Ponram film hinted at tackling this kind of politically charged theme. Properly… wager who did no longer obtain the “don’t be taught too powerful correct into a film” memo?
Solid: Sasikumar, Samuthirakani, Sathyaraj, Mirnalini Ravi
Streaming on: Disney Hotstar
MGR Magan is ready a strained father-son equation shared by MG Ramasamy (Sathyaraj) and Ravi. Saranya Ponvannan, who continues from the keep she left off in Em Magan, Kalavani, and Velayilla Pattadhari, performs the hapless mother torn between a duelling father and son. The opposite fundamental personality on this dysfunctional family equation is Agni (Samuthirakani), who vows now to no longer place on a particular piece of apparel till his nephew Ravi makes a title for himself in society. There’s a comely shrimp gag about Ravi making an attempt his finest to arrangement himself on the entrance internet page of a newspaper (a wasted potential). There is one other shrimp gag about Samuthirakani’s marriage (shockingly unfunny). There’s a tiny enjoyable gag challenging different varieties of omelettes. Additionally, there might per chance be one more aspect gag that aspects Anupriya (Mirnalini Ravi). The makers would call it the main lady attitude, however it absolutely is the most dispensable heroine note in all of Ponram’s motion photography. She is allowed to invent nothing, moreover to be piece of song sequences, give conflicting stares, smile, and invent some pointless issues to unite the estranged father-son duo handiest to acquire rightfully shut down by both father and son for poking her nostril into the family affairs. There are hints in a pair of scenes that there might per chance be one thing more to Anupriya, however the writing doesn’t give solutions to those suggestions, and, genuinely, these arcs are factual forgotten and disregarded. If the makers don’t genuinely care about how a position comes correct via, why will beget to restful we even peril making sense of it?
One more personality that suffers from uneven writing is Samuthirakani’s Agni. It’s miles challenging to witness a Sasikumar-Samuthirakani duo no longer saving anyone’s love life, or altering the of us’ mindset concerning the definition of their kids’s successes. Right here, they let their hair down and beget too powerful enjoyable in every other’s company. Samuthirakani is a hoot on this position that aspects him as the first comedian. I half-expected his position to be one thing relish Vadivelu from Em Magan. Alternatively, it is one thing however, and it factual turns into one more wasted opportunity. There are lengthy intervals of nothingness that weighs down the film. As we tread along with the randomness of all of it, there might per chance be shrimp doubt that we’re step by step staved off any make of humour. For sure, there might per chance be fun and a half in a pair of scenes featuring the likes of Singampuli and Samuthirakani, however the hole between the two laughs is exasperating.
This is no longer what we’d quiz from a filmmaker who made motion photography relish Varuthapadaadha Vaalibar Sangam and Rajini Murugan. Even in these motion photography, there were stretches of nothingness, however the humour clicked lengthy ample for us to miss the evident complications. But MGR Magan is a dreary survey that will get pulled down extra by the inability of an taking part central war. The stakes are never genuinely high, and it’s finest embodied within the scene the keep Sathyaraj will get wound, and whereas making an attempt forward to the ambulance Saranya decides to lecture Sasikumar on the sacrifices of a father. Trusty within the again of her, each person is attempting to revive MGR’s life, and right here we’ve his wife factual rambling on about “appa-na yaaru theriyuma”. Come on! That man is dying. Lectures can wait.
It isn’t to allege that the film didn’t beget potential. There’s a challenging attitude about deforestation destroying medicinal flowers. However it would no longer genuinely trot wherever regardless of an uncommon ending with a semblance of ingenuity. And there might per chance be an unintentionally funny scene the keep the makers carry in international powers, company criminals and so on… who are out to rob India of its primitive medicinal practices. Gaze, these would per chance well per chance were one thing. Ponram has taken us on genuinely enjoyable rides with lots much less. But this time, regardless of earnestness, all that MGR Magan manages to be is a rickety trek in a defunct carnival that had clearly viewed better days.