Maharaja Review: Vijay Sethupathi, Anurag Kashyap, Manikandan impress in This Revenge Drama

Maharaja(Vijay Sethupathi), a barber by profession, lives with his daughter Jyothi in a place that is far on the outskirts of the city. One day, Maharaja goes to the police station and looks to lodge a complaint that Lakshmi, a dust bin, which his daughter and he hold in high regard, has gone missing after three people broke into their home and attacked him. He wants the cops to recover Lakshmi. Why is Maharaja so interested in recovering Lakshmi?

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Maharaja

Critic's Ratings

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3.5

Action

Release Date

Jun 14, 2024

Duration

2 hr 23 mins
Maharaja Review Vijay Sethupathi Anurag Kashyap Manikandan impress in This Revenge Drama
Vijay Sethupathi In A Still From Maharaja

About Maharaja

Maharaja Movie Review: Analysis

The film starts off on a slow note. In fact, the entire first half of the film moves at a very gentle pace and at one point, it slows down to the point of almost turning boring. Luckily, some sharp, impressive performances by a select set of actors -- Natty as inspector Varadan, Manikandan as Dhana and Vijay Sethupathi as Maharaja – breathe life into proceedings and ensure that the film has just about enough drama to keep you interested in it. Towards the end of the first half, a fantastic action sequence makes you sit up. That is when Maharaja well and truly has your undivided attention.
The second half is when the pieces begin to fall into place. And by the time, it ends, you understand that the story is an intense revenge drama and not a light- hearted story about a missing dust bin. This is also the time you realise that certain inconspicuous moments that happened in the first half actually hold the key to certain crucial developments that take place in the second.

Maharaja Movie Review: What Works…

Casting

The film has some outstanding actors, all of whom are cast in the right roles. Seldom do you come across a character that seems unnatural or out of place. Every actor who has been chosen for a role looks the part and turns into it.

Performances

Vijay Sethupathi as Maharaja, Anurag Kashyap as Selvam, Manikandan as Dhana and Natty as Inspector Varadan deliver outstanding performances to make Maharaja rule. Abhirami, who plays Selvam’s wife, is also impressive.

Action Sequences

The biggest strength of the film is its action sequences. Some of the fights are just mind-blowing and simply fascinating to watch. Full marks to Anal Arasu for choreographing fight sequences that look real and intimidating. Also, full marks to Manikandan and Vijay Sethupathi and to all the fighters who fought in the fights.

Maharaja Movie Review: What Doesn’t Work

The film is narrated in a non-linear fashion and therefore, there are instances when an element of confusion sets in with regard to certain developments that happen on screen. One is not sure if whether the sequence being shown is happening in the present or is a development that occurred in the past.
The story is more like a complex jigsaw puzzle. For you to solve the puzzle and see the big, complete picture, you must be able to recollect small clues that the director has dropped casually along the way in the first half. Recollecting is only one part of the task, you must also be able to string them together and make sense of what has actually transpired to appreciate how Maharaja has managed to accomplish his mission. For an audience that is looking to enjoy and be entertained, this might be asking too much.

Maharaja Movie Review: Verdict

Maharaja is a fairly good revenge/investigative drama that primarily works because of fine performances from its entire cast and some exceptional work by its stuntmen and stunt choreographer.
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