First things first. No matter who denies it, Muran is a total lift of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. No, it’s not a scene by scene lift of the film noir of the 1950s but yes, the movie’s plot is derived from Hitchcock’s thriller (which was also adapted from a book). But director Rajjan Madhav overhauls the story to adapt to the taste of Tamil audiences. So in place of an amateur tennis player, you have the
struggling musician played by Cheran. And the leads don’t meet on a train but on the road. But the rest remains the same, if you would be kind enough to excuse the fragment of melodrama peeping out of the storyline.
Having said that, it must be admitted that Muran is a smartly made movie. Or should you thank the original for that? Madhav does an efficient job in putting the characters together suiting to the regional tastes and seals up the ambiguities, if any, in the plot. He sprinkles the movie with his directorial efficacy making you almost forget the fact that this is not an original idea. That notwithstanding, Muran stands on its own thanks, to the performance of its lead actors.
Cheran is a small time musician whose aim is to break into movies. He accidentally meets Prasanna, who is the son of a millionaire industrialist. They both have demons in their personal lives that they have to deal with. The audacious Prasanna, however, decides to deal with it by killing his father and he decides to strike a deal with the timid Cheran. When Cheran refuses to take part in his act, Prasanna goes ahead and does his part making Cheran a part of the crime anyway. Now Cheran not only has to deal with his inner demons, but also the outward ones like Prasanna and the crime that is chasing him for life.
Cheran’s Nanda could well become one of his best-known performances in his acting career. He shows amazing restraint while performing the character torn between an abusive wife and a criminal mind, haunting him for a favor. He brings out an extraordinarily nuanced performance. Prasanna, despite his stylish makeover, looks as intimidating as any criminal could be. His performance as the spoilt kid of
an industrialist overshadows his personality. As an actor he proves that he can perform an extremely sophisticated role as much as he can perform a rascal.
Director Madhav knows his onions too well and it’s evident the way he infuses regional flavor in the script. There is a bit of stereotyping, melodrama and other aspects Tamil cinema relies on but overall the script travels at good pace without any major loopholes. Predictability is something the director seems to have strived to evade. It is evident and thankfully it doesn’t come across too much in the way of the
Padmesh’s cinematography, Arun Durairaj’s editing and Sajjan Madhav’s background score add up to the movie’s film noir quality. The night shots on the highway are particularly good and in general the movie retains its thriller effect, thanks to this team of technicians.
On the whole, despite the danger in promoting such movies that are inspired by Hollywood thrillers, Muran is a good time pass movie. For one, these genres are a rarity in Tamil cinema and it should be welcomed if anybody attempts to make such movies. At least, this will let others experiment with this genre. With an original script in hand, hopefully.
Verdict: Thriller, good timepass!
Verdict : Thriller, good timepass!
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