A contract worker in Sudan is abducted by mercenaries and his lover in India awaits his return.


Ganapathy Bharat (as Bharat Bala)


Ganapathy Bharat (screenplay), Ganapathy Bharat (story) | 4 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Dhanush ... Maryan
Parvathy Thiruvothu ... Panimalar (as Parvathy)
Salim Kumar ... Thomayya
Appukutty ... Sakkarai
Jagan ... Sami
Uma Riyaz Khan ... Seeli
Rama Rama
Imman Annachi ... Kuttyandi
Vinayakan ... Theekkurissi
Dagbeth Tweh Dagbeth Tweh ... DOG
Christophe Minie Christophe Minie ... WOLF
Barry Mydou Barry Mydou ... Al-Jazeera
Ankur Vikal ... Babban
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vinayakan Tk Vinayakan Tk ... Theekurusi

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Maryan (Dhanush) is an aggressive fisherman who is slowly attracted to the feisty Panimalar (Parvathy) who is crazy about him. But Theekkurissi (Vinayakan) a local moneylender sets his eye on the beautiful Pani and wants to marry her in return to the huge loan that her father (Salimkumar) had taken. To get Pani, Maryan decides to go and work in Sudan, Africa as a construction worker under a contract of two years. But on the day of his return, he along with co-workers is abducted and held ransom by Africans to get money from the company they work for. 'Does Maryan escape from the hot deserts where he is tortured?' forms the rest of the story. Written by Surya Kumar

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The director was inspired by the French-Liberian film Johnny Mad Dog (2008), which starred a real life group of LURD child soldiers and subsequently chose them as well as the cinematographer of that film, Marc Koninckx, to be a part of Maryan. See more »


References Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) See more »


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Awesome Movie, Bad Audience
25 July 2013 | by ryandaniyaalSee all my reviews

Mariyaan is just-around-picture-perfect right from title to credits. {IMDB – 8.4 (singam – 5.9, 3 idiots – 8.3, batman begins – 8.3)}. The movie has four amazing elements that make it a visual treat: Parvathi, Mark, Dhanush and Rahman (in that order). Parvathi has put out a stellar performance. It is only a pity that much of the limelight is given only to the hero. Whether it is romance or her yearning for mariyaan's return, she has captured the emotions well and transferred it to the viewer. Secondly Mark has done a phenomenal work with his camera. The rolling scene in the desert and the scene under water with water on the lens are too good. A regular Tamil viewer will not notice the intricacies of the shots but a careful watch of Nenjae Ezhu will show some exquisite shots with panimalar's hair and water. Dhanush has canned out yet another good performance. Though the first half is more of a regulation character, the sufferings in the second half are well portrayed. The phone call scene and the imaginary treat stand out. Rahman, of course can simply not produce less-than-extraordinary music. Enga pona raasa, as I had said in my audio review, is simply the best in the album and he has used it widely in his background score. Uma Riyaz, Appukutty, Jagan and Annachi have done their roles perfectly. The only flaw in the movie is the editing and if some unwanted scenes had been trimmed, it would have been great. As far as the slow-screenplay is concerned, I think it suited the movie perfectly. The hallucinations are an awesome part of the movie. My final verdict is that it is a movie beyond Kollywood. PS: Just like all films where the heroine follows the hero (NEP etc.), this will not be acceptable to the local lads. Moreover, Tamil audience (in general) have no sense of appreciating art and hence they laugh (like idiots) when Dhanush speaks on the phone, when he calls out Aathaa in the climax, when Jagan looks into a mirror and the leopard scene. Bharath Bala deserves credit for the performances he has extracted, the story and for casting Parvathi.

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19 July 2013 (India) See more »

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