‘Sometimes the ending will be the beginning,’ says the caption of Maattrraan but it has an ending in the beginning! KV Anand’s film has rare characters of conjoined twins but has a predictable story and appears like a second part of Surya’s last movie 7aum Arivu directed by AR Murugadoss.
Genetic scientist (Sachin Khedekar) does not get due credit for his research works in India but he never loses his heart. With his sustained efforts, he becomes successful in life by becoming a proud owner of an energy drink product. As the company grows, there is a lot of competition and his rivals have set their eyes on the formula of the drink, which could make an ordinary man extraordinary.
His wife played by Tara gives birth to conjoined twins – Vimalan and Akhilan played by Surya. Akhilan and Vimalan are as different as chalk and cheese. While the former is good at studies and decent in nature, the latter is care-free man and when it comes to studies, he is very poor. Vimalan realises that there is something fishy about his father-owned company and smells a rat. This costs his life and he is killed. Anjali (Kajal Aggarwal), who was in love with Vimalan, falls for Akhilan and they set to solve the mystery.
The first half of Maattrraan is good and entertaining. Director KV Anand has amazingly shot the conjoined twins portion. In the movie Charulatha, which also had the subject of conjoined twins, Priyamani’s twins portion was limited to merely 30 minutes. But in this movie, audience will get to see more than 90 minutes of Surya’s twins portions. The director has to be appreciated for showing the rarity in detail. Having said that, the second half is predictable. Though it is okay, audience will start realising that the film has similar subject to 7aum Arivu, which was Surya’s 2011 release.
However, performance wise, Maattrraan has brought out the best in Surya. It requires a strong will to take up conjoined twins role considering that a slight error could have made him a laughing stock. The actor has worked hard which is visible on-screen. The kind of energy that he has given to the characters are remarkable. Kajal Aggarwal is not merely limited to arm candy role and she has good number of scenes in the movie. Sachin Khedekar and Tara are okay.
Technically, S Sounder Rajan’s cinematography is amazingly brilliant. He has wonderfully captured the best locales of Russia in his camera and his work in stunt sequences is appreciable. Harris Jayaraj’s music is good but not best, as his tunes are not fresh. But the background score is good. ‘Rettai kathirae…’ and ‘Kaal Mulaitha Poovae’ are our picks.
Verdict: Surya’s Maattrraan is good, not brilliant.