How Hierarchy Is Projected In Mammootty's 'Madhura Raja'
Vysakh - Udayakrishna Cult. How the Sequel overpowered the Prequel.
Malayalam Cine Industry has seen everything. The potboilers... the bio pictures... the interfaith romances... and even psycho poltergeists. But, there is a specific genre where the viewers won't get agitated by seeing the same thing again and again. 'Feudal Heros'. This category has a standard of its own. This is where the new Mammootty flick Madhuraraja pops up. A sequel to Pokkiriraja of 2010. Nine years later Vysakh did it again - with a pinch of brilliance and vibrancy; though not in the garb of an exact sequel.
This time, Madhura Raja has only one writer. The duo Udayakrishna-Sibi.K.Thomas is missing. Now only Udayakrishna is under the limelight. But the pen work has not lost its comical charm. The reel has love, relations, family, revenge, and fights. Lots and lots of 'Peter Hein' thrills.
So What's New In This?
Well, that's a tricky question! There is this balanced proportion of every element; still, the flick lacks something minimal. Something relatable to the typical civil society of Kerala.
Hierarchy VS Feudal-Ness.
Characters of Jagapati Babu and Mammootty has the highest level of feudal status. Rest of the characters are literally revolving around these two. But, both of them have sustained their amount of rigor in acting and even in their presentations. These two, inside Paambinthuruth, creates a private realm for hierarchy and its good old friend - Politics. Now, the reel gets its final topping of a typical political masala thriller. From now on, the play is between Raja and Nadeshan.
Madhura Raja is a massive flick with pounding kicks and terrible beauty. But, the way hierarchy is presented has a very usual tone to it. Still, the movie is watchable as well as re-watchable.
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10 July 2019