Manmadha Banam is a comedy of errors and the plot is almost similar to the 1972 English film Follow Me directed by Sir Carol Reed, starring Mia Farrow and Topol.
Madan Gopal (Madhavan), a business tycoon, is engaged to a popular actress Nisha (Trisha) whose original name is Ambujakshi. The relatinship is broken because of the suspicious nature of Madan. When Nisha goes on a holiday of Europe along with her friend Deepa (Sangeetha), Madan, persuaded by his mother (Usha Uthup) asks a retired army major Bhushan (Kamal Hassan) to spy on Nisha to find out if she was having an affair with someone else. Bhushan has his reasons to accept this job.
Now the situation is pregnant with emotional drama and the comedy of errors bring forth some true facts into the open and twists of fate change the lives of all the four characters.
Kamal Hassan, as usual, very convincingly essays his typical role with elegance. Trisha gives a surprisingly good performance. Madhavan carries his role creditably. Sangeetha has not lost any of her acting skills. All others are do their parts well.
The presentation of the film is very impressive. In spite of the flaws, the storyline keeps the narration interesting. Screenplay could have been less stretched. Dialogues appear to have lost some flavour in the translation. Music is good and the songs are picturised well. Cinematography is very vibrant. Technical and production values are high.
Manmadha Banam is interesting and can be watched for Kamal Hassan’s sake as well as Trisha’s good performance. The film does not have the essentials to be a runaway hit.
The Cast and Crew
Kamal Hassan, Trisha, Madhavan, Sangeetha, Ramesh Aravind, Urvashi, Das, Manju Pillai, Srimaan, Usha Uthup, Oviya, Caroline and others
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Manush Nandan
Producers: B Subrahmanyam, Y Rupesh
Banners: Lakshmi Ganapathy Films, Red Giant Movies
Director: K S Ravi Kumar
2.75 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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