Maradona: A strong emotional thriller | Movie Rating : 3/5

T Nirmal Kumar

Maradona’ beings with a panting male voice which says “I will come back”. The first scene itself hints at a survival thriller. The directorial debut of Vishnu Narayan is an emotional drama packed with a thriller nature.

The movie is somewhat similar with Tovino starrer ‘Mayanadi’. The film scripted by Krishnamoorthy is about Maradona who escapes from a crime with injuries and get trapped in a flat after being followed by a team. There is only a short distance from Mathen to Maradona. However, there are explicit differences between the two characters. Maradona doesn’t have the 'innocent veil of a criminal' like Mathen. Also, Maradona is not the victim. He is the hunter who hides and waits for a chance.

The thrill of the movie is sometimes lost when it gets sentimental like ‘Mayanadi’. The movie also seems to be lagging after the interval.

The film has two tracks and interpretations. One track of plot revolves around the crime committed by Maradona and his friend Sudhi (Tito Wilson) who are followed by a quotation team led by Chemban Vinod. This is the part which can be described as stylish. The second track focuses on the life of Maradona in flat in Bangalore where he lives in hiding.

The two tracks are intermingled and presented with exciting visuals and background music during the first half. The second half kicks off with a wonderful action scene. It is when the audience understand why Maradona is being attacked. But, the thrill subsides gradually.

Maradona is a character which has the same peculiarities of the one in Mayanadi. It is one of the most negative-shaded characters presented by Tovino. The film also marks the talent and progress of Tovino as a hero. The love between Maradona and Asha offers some good moments without artificial humors. Sharanya R Nair’ s conversing style is also excellent. But, Asha’s attempts to lead Tovino in the right path appears to be a cliché.

Deepak D Menon is the cinematographer of the movie. The presentation of action sequences is attractive. The music is composed by Sushin Shyam. The background music has succeeded to create the total mood of the film.

Malayalam film industry gets yet another novel presentation with Maradona, which will not disappoint the people who look forward to refreshing concepts.

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