Aug 31

Mankatha Movie Review

Game on in Ajith style

It’s Ajith’s 50th venture. What more it s directed by Venkat Prabhu with betting scandal in cricket as its theme. A huge star cast including Trisha, Arjun among others raised all expectations. Thats Mankatha. Lets check out the review.

Mankatha is a racy and adrenaline-rushing story of a Maharshatra police officer Vinayak Mahadevan (Ajith)  who is suspended for helping a smuggler to escape from police encounter. He starts leading life in his own way. He falls for Sanjana (Trisha), daughter of an influential local goon Arumuga Chettiyar (Jayaprakash) in Mumbai. A tough cop Prithvi (Arjun) takes charge to end betting scandal in IPL cricket in Mumbai. Arumuga uses his links with dons in Mumbai tries to route through his old theatre , a cash of over Rs 500 crore to be used in betting.

Sumanth (Vaibhav), a goon working for Arumuga Chettiyarplans to take away the booty with the help of his friends Ganesh (Ashwin), Mahanth (Mahanth), who owns a bar in Mumbai and Prem (Premji), a IIT graduate. Vinayak joins the race. he promises to help them and divide it between them. Trouble starts after they take away the acsh. Both Arumugha Chettiyar and police are now on their heels. Meanwhile, Mahanth and Prem escape with the cash. It all upto Vinayak now. The battle shifts between him and Prithvi.

Its Ajith all the way. He is simply amazing in the role of a dreaded baddie. With his usual looks sans makeup, he hogs all limelight. His one-liners brings laughter.  Arjun does the role of a cop once more. But he is charming here. Trisha and Lakshmi Rai does play their part well.  Andrea as Arjun’s wife and Anjali in the role of Vaibhav’s wife do minuscule roles.Vaibhav gets a meaty role and he utilise the opportunity.  Premji did what he did in Goa and Chennai 28.


It is technically well-made. Sakthi Saravanan’s lens captures the stunts well. It forms the backbone of the movie. Yuvan Shankar’s tunes add variety to it. His open song Mankatha…is celebrated in theatres. Director Venkat Prabhu seems to have done his part well.  He has laced thrills, spills and humour in right mix.

Mankatha is boyish film. It is all racy and rivetting.The first half is light and simple. The game really begins in latter part. With Venkat Prabhu and Ajith giving their best, Mankatha rocks all time.

Mark – 3.5/5

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