The game between true friendship and betrayal
is all about friendship and betrayal. Director M. S. Sakthivel gives a casual start with a new type of village, fresh faces, their lifestyle, narrowly constructed houses and wind mills. Everything at this point is impressive and gives the fresh look. The first half is filled with friendship and romance with the combination of humor.
When one of the lead roles Sivaguru's sister disappears, the movie takes a turn into thrill mode. The latter half is totally unpredictable, with the first twenty minutes standing out. Except for an average climax, there is no drawback in the script. However, the pace of the movie is extremely slow and seems to drag along, and this is the biggest hole in Maithanam. In addition to that, the comedy is empty and could have been much better.
Casting is good and the characterization is perfect and realistic. Jothiraj, Suresh Guru, Kennedy, Siva and Sekhar have all performed well, with Suresh Guru and Sekhar doing exceptionally well. Swasika also has done a wonderful job. She fits very much into her role, and her expressions and dialogue delivery are excellent. Director Agathiyan plays as Sivaguru's father and his performance is extraordinary.
Cinematography by L. K. Vijay is brilliant, with beautiful angles and impressive shots. Yoga Baskar's editing has not helped the movie's pace, and his effort is average. Music by Sabesh Murali is good with an impressive background score. However, except for Kandom Kandom
, none of the other songs are impressive.
Overall, Maithanam is a great attempt from debutant Director M. S. Sakthivel. We have to appreciate him for presenting a low budget yet high quality movie. Differently treated script and casting are the strengths of Maithanam. However, the slow pace of the movie has a telling effect, bringing it to a Can Watch!