Banner: S Pictures
Starring: Arjun Manisha Koirala Raghuvaran Manivannan Vadivelu and others
Music Director: A.R Rahman
Release Date: 16th Jul, 99
After Gentleman, Kaadhalan, Indian and Jeans, Shankar is definitely a force to reckon with in tamil cinema. Barring Rajnikanth's Padaiyappa, Mudhalvan was undoubtedly the most hyped movie of the year. And Shankar has not disappointed. The movie is atleast twenty minutes too long and this leads to some restlessness during the final portions of the movie (before the climax), but for the most part, the movie offers engrossing viewing.Shankar always puts in extra effort to keep viewers in their seats for the song sequences and though the village setting limits his options for three songs, they are still watchable. Arjun does his role to perfection. The action king has proved it once again like what he showed in Gentleman. Manisha is completely miscast as the rustic village belle. She looks old, overacts and dances awkwardly. Raghuvaran, with a wig that looks like it was carried over from Indian, is adequate. As in Indian, scriptwriter Sujatha has some choice lines about the current political situation and politicians and Manivannan relishes the choicest lines. It is a major hit from director Shankar..