Writer and Director: Thiagarajan
Cast : Prashanth, Meera Jasmine, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Prakash Raj, Vadivelu, Mumaith Khan
Music : Thaman S
Cinematography : Shaji Kumar
Editor : Don Max
Producer : Thiagarajan
The honest young man Mambattiyan (Prashanth) of Malaiyur village is dragged into a hard situation when his father Chinnasamy (Vijaykumar) is killed by greedy local landlord Periya Panna (Kota Srinivasa Rao) in a dispute.
Now, Mambattiyan has the responsibility of protecting the village people from the landlord and also to take revenge for his father’s killing. A group of youngsters in the village join hands with Mambattiyan. They lead a life in a forest. By robbing the rich and distributing the wealth to the poor, Mambattiyan becomes the local Robin Hood.
The ‘Robin Hood’ is also wooed by a village girl (Meera Jasmine). Meanwhile, police forces led by DIG Ranjith (Prakash Raj) go from pillar to post to nab Mambattiyan. This is the start of a cat and mouse game between the two. The encounters between Mambattiyan and DIG form an interesting part in the screenplay.
And, how Mambattiyan eludes from the police wing and revenge the baddies for disturbing his family and what happens to Mambattiyan in the end is the climax that should be watched on silver screen.
Prashanth has done an extraordinary performance. He has put in lots of effort. and excels in all departments. He outshines his father’s performance in 80s film at places.
Meera Jasmine is fresh and cute, and she fits the character reprising the memorable role done by Saritha in the original.
Vadivelu has reprised the popular village minor character of Goundamani, and he has done it in his own style. Sure, ‘Mambattiyan’ will be the re-entry movie for Vadivelu.
Mumaith Khan touches our hearts with her character role that Jayamalini did in the 80s film.
Prakashraj with his performance makes you sit upright and watch. He is a good choice as a police officer.
Thiagarajan, who donned the title role in the original has taken care of the story, screenplay, dialogue, production and direction, and must say that he has tried his best to revive the flagging career of his son. His hard work is seen in every frame of the film.
Camera work by Shaji Kumar is worth a mention.
Music is by Thaman. Songs are already a hit and background score is a big strength for the movie. Silambarasan has sung the title song remix ‘Kaattu Vazhi…’ The original song in the voice of Thiagarajan is a good number that lasts in our mind even after we leave the theatre, especially the song ‘Chinna Ponnu Sela…’!
The theme may be out-dated. But the performance by lead stars makes it worth a watch. Overall, ‘Mambattiyan’ is sure a watchable film.