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|Starcast||Mohanlal, Prakashraj(Actor),Ishwarya rai,tabu(Actress)|
Superlative performances from the two lead actors, Mohanlal (playing the character based on MGR) and Prakash Raj (Playing the character based on Karunanidhi), bring this film alive. The film features a lot of actresses as well: Revathi, Gautami, Tabu and Aishwarya Rai in a double role in her first film (and a special appearance by Madhoo). Though Revathi and Tabu get small parts, they shine in every frame. Gautami is equally good. Mani manages to extract a good performance from Aishwarya in her role as Pushpa while her performance as Kalpana is a bit uneven. Compare this to the pedestrian performance in a simple role in her Bollywood debut ( Rahul Rawail’s Aur Pyar Ho Gaya) and you will see how much difference Mani has made. I specially loved how ordinary (deglamourised if you prefer) Mani managed to make her look for the role of Pushpa. Nasser also comes up with a commendable performance in a supporting role (playing the character based on Annadurai). Many might ask a lot of “why?” questions when they watch this film because Mani leaves a lot of things unsaid. Though I did have many such moments I knew that I wouldn’t be able to figure them out without the background knowledge. Compared to this Mani’s recent Guru is better suited (and aimed) to be a reasonably comprehensible crowd pleaser for the intelligentsia. If you loved Guru or if you enjoy biopics, you might want to check this one out (and make sure you get some information about MGR and Karunanidhi before you do).