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Mankatha (2011)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 31 August 2011 (India)
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A game of chase and get chased ensues after a suspended cop is betrayed by two men who helped him and another officer rob cricket betting money.

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Venkat Prabhu

Writer:

Venkat Prabhu
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ajith Kumar ... Vinayak Mahadevan
Arjun Sarja ... Prithviraj (as Arjun)
Trisha Krishnan ... Sanjana Arumugam (as Trisha)
Premgi Amaren ... Prem
Vaibhav Reddy ... Sumanth
Anjali ... Suchitra Sumanth
Andrea Jeremiah ... Sabitha Prithviraj
Raai Laxmi ... Sona (as Lakshmi Rai)
Aravind Akash Aravind Akash ... Faizal
Ashwin Kakumanu ... Ganesh
Mahat Raghavendra Mahat Raghavendra ... Mahat
V. Jayaprakash ... Arumuga Chettiyaar
Subbu Panchu ... Kamal Ekambaram / Praveen Kumar (as Panchu Subbu)
Boys Rajan Boys Rajan ... Special Squad Officer
Ramya Subramanian ... Press Reporter (as Vj Ramya)

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Mankatha is a racy and adrenaline-rushing story of a Maharashtra police officer Vinayak Mahadevan (Ajith) who is suspended for helping a smuggler to escape from police encounter. He starts leading life in his own way. He falls for Sanjana (Trisha), daughter of an influential local goon Arumuga Chettiyar (Jayaprakash) in Mumbai. A tough cop Prithvi (Arjun) takes charge to end betting scandal in IPL cricket in Mumbai. Arumuga uses his links with dons in Mumbai tries to route through his old theatre, a cash of over Rs 500 crore to be used in betting. Sumanth (Vaibhav), a goon working for Arumuga Chettiyarplans to take away the booty with the help of his friends Ganesh (Ashwin), Mahanth (Mahanth), who owns a bar in Mumbai and Prem (Premji), a IIT graduate. Vinayak joins the race. he promises to help them and divide it between them. Trouble starts after they take away the cash. Both Arumugha Chettiyar and police are now on their heels. Meanwhile, Mahanth and Prem escape with the cash. It ... Written by Captain

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Telugu actor Nagarjuna was first approached to essay a powerful character as a CBI officer. He declined. Arjun got the role. See more »

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The version available on Sun NXT is edited and 149 minutes long. See more »

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Its a game that hero has played well..
2 September 2011 | by spiceboy-sabarSee all my reviews

To start with, the movie had very high expectations and certainly turned out to a massive treat for all( Thala )fans.I went to movie with a mindset of a neutral fan.I found the movie refreshing and certainly entertaining even though the game is not a convincing performance from the Director.he left some loopholes in the first half and some very logic less scenes ( money taken from the truck scene)that could have been done better.The screenplay should have been better with some of comedy scenes cut short and a handful number of heroines are wasted expect Lakshmi and few glimpses of Trisha.But yet you would come out of the film with all happiness and having watched a memorable performance and give it a rating of 9 or 10.The credits should go to Stylish,showstopper and Classy Ajith.He carried the film with his own hands as a baddie and great performance.he has proved why the fans call him Thala.Arjun also forms a major plus.he looks energetic,proves he is still the Action king.Jeyaprakash is at his best presence and had done a good job.Vaibhav had a good character in this multi Starr film and he has come out with flying colors.Mahat and ash win are new comers and they stay that way.There is not much to tell about them.Premji was disappointing expect the scene where he copied Enthiran dialog.

story cut short There is not much reason to writing a synopsis since the gist of it can be seen in the trailer but just to recap. Sumanth Vaibhav, Mahat Mahat Raghavendra, Prem Prem G Amaren and Ganesh Ashwin Kakumanu plan to heist cricket betting money worth 500 core in transit when Vinayak Mahadevan Ajith, a suspended police officer comes into the picture. Intelligent and with his own agenda, there is more to Vinayak than these boys know. However, where there is a crime to be committed, there has to be a hero to stop it. Enter Prithviraj Arjun, ACP assigned with a special task force to bring down not only the robbery but the whole illegal betting system. Game set and all is falling to plan yet no one will be prepared for the game thats about to begin as the rules have changed without them knowing. The double crosser is about to be double crossed. Who remains and who comes on top forms the crux.

Arjun also forms a major plus.he looks energetic,proves he is still the Action king and the scenes between the two of them are my favorites.

OK so stepping back to technicalities, we head to the music department first. Yet again, another round of banging music by Yuvan Shankar Raja and the charts are there to prove it. At the same time, the songs that stand out are Vilaiyaadu Mankatha, Ithu Namma Ballelaka and Nee Naan. However, it cant be said that this is Yuvan's best work. But the re recording rocked and the music stays in your ears.Cinematography by Sakthi Saravanan is passable and editing by Praveen K. L. & N. B. Srikanth could have been a little crisper. But the writing is to blame for any lack of performance here and that is in the hands of director Venkat Prabhu. While this kind of robbery flick from a negative character's point of view hasn't been seen before in Tamil and Venkat should be applauded for his attempt, there is no denying it could have been better.

If the scenes dragged out to one point, the songs pitched in on the speed breakers too. Vaada Bin Laada could have had better placing, forgetting that the choreography was questionable. Yet it doesn't all head down hill in the second half. Whatever speed was held back through the songs, is picked up with the climax. By the time the film finishes, the out takes begin and you are left in stitches from laughter with the whole team and their fun

The final verdict is the movie is a treat for his fans as he has proved a thing or two to Tamil cinema goers with his awesome stylish performance and it is a commercial entertainer that everyone can enjoy and leave it at theaters.Though not the same league as Aranya Kaunda movie. Mangatha has tried a different evil against evil story line in Tamil cinema and it should be lauded.


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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil

Release Date:

31 August 2011 (India) See more »

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Budget:

INR400,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,373,444
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