Maan Karate

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Maan Karate
Maan karate.jpg
Directed byThirukumaran
Produced byP. Madhan
AR Murugadoss
Written byR. Senthi Kumar
(Dialogue)
Screenplay byThirukumaran
Story byAR Murugadoss
StarringSivakarthikeyan
Hansika Motwani
Music byAnirudh Ravichander
CinematographySukumar
Edited bySreekar Prasad
Production
  company
A.R Murugadoss Productions
Distributed byEscape Artists Motion Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 4 April 2014 (2014-04-04)
Running time159 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
 
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Maan Karate
Maan karate.jpg
Directed byThirukumaran
Produced byP. Madhan
AR Murugadoss
Written byR. Senthi Kumar
(Dialogue)
Screenplay byThirukumaran
Story byAR Murugadoss
StarringSivakarthikeyan
Hansika Motwani
Music byAnirudh Ravichander
CinematographySukumar
Edited bySreekar Prasad
Production
  company
A.R Murugadoss Productions
Distributed byEscape Artists Motion Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 4 April 2014 (2014-04-04)
Running time159 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Maan Karate is a 2014 Tamil fantasy - romance dramedy film directed by Thirukumaran, a former associate of AR Murugadoss.[1] It stars Sivakarthikeyan, Hansika Motwani, Soori, Vamsi Krishna, Writer Shaji and Sathish.[2] Murugadoss wrote the story for the film, which was produced by Escape Artist Motion Pictures and has music by Anirudh Ravichander. [3]

Plot[edit]

Five IT employees, Sandy (Sathish), Joe, Gokul, Vaishnavi and Nikita, meet a siddhar at the Chandragiri forest, who has the power to grant wishes to those who request them. Sandy, who is sceptical about the siddhar's powers, asks him for a copy of the Daily Thanthi newspaper dated on the day after Ayudha Puja (no newspapers are printed during Ayudha Puja). To his surprise, the siddhar materialises the requested copy. The gang then read the materialised newspaper and find out to their shock that the company which they work for (Satyam Computers) would close down the next day. When this does happen, they accept the credibility of the newspaper and decide to make money through it. While Nikita is perusing the paper, she sees an article where one Peter who stays in Royapuram wins a boxing tournament on 2 October and dedicates the prize money of INR2,00,00,000 to the five of them. The gang is astounded on reading this news and decide to find this Peter and sponsor him for the boxing tournament, with the hope of getting INR2,00,00,000. However, they soon find out that the cash prize for the winner of the tournament is only INR1,00,000 and that AirAsia is not interested in sponsoring the tournament (as per the newspaper article, AirAsia sponsored the boxing tournament). Nevertheless, they are still hopeful.

The gang successfully manages to track down Peter (Sivakarthikeyan), but immediately find out that he is no boxer and in fact knows nothing about the sport; he is just an ordinary youth who hates sports, cares little about life and spends his time drinking. However, he is in love with a young woman Yazhini (Hansika Motwani), who loves sports. He accepts their proposal in order to impress Yazhini, but refuses to start training until they fulfil his desires such as buying him a new motorbike and fridge (for exclusively storing alcohol), painting his house and helping him win Yazhini's heart, all of which they reluctantly (and successfully) do. Soon, Peter, with the gang's as well as Yazhini's support, starts training, but shows no interest, often going late to the gym in the mornings and then fooling around in the gym as well. Later, the gang find out that there is another boxer by the name of "Killer" Peter (Vamsi Krishna) who also resides in Royapuram like the Peter they are sponsoring, but is a champion boxer who has even killed some of his opponents in the ring. Thinking that they are sponsoring the wrong Peter, the gang approach "Killer" Peter and offer to sponsor him, but he refuses. They eventually decide (albeit reluctantly) to continue sponsoring the Peter they are currently sponsoring.

Soon the boxing championship starts and Peter somehow manages to win all the preliminary matches by fluke, by using a technique wherein he uses his nimble and agile body to escape being hit by his stronger and more experienced opponents, eventually causing them to inadvertently get disqualified or knocked out. The media give a name for his technique: "Maan Karate" (meaning: "running for life"). Peter soon becomes known as "Maan Karate" Peter (to distinguish from "Killer" Peter) and becomes an Internet sensation overnight, winning a lot of fans. However, he bars Yazhini from seeing his matches, thinking that he would be exposed as a phony if she were to see his matches. Later, the prize money is raised from INR1,00,000 to INR2,00,00,000 and AirAsia joins in as the main sponsor of the tournament, which excites the gang, who now feel that their dreams will come true with "Maan Karate" Peter after all.

Eventually, Peter enters the final of the tournament, where he is to face "Killer" Peter. "Maan Karate" Peter becomes upset on entering the final and starts fearing for his life, feeling that due to his lack of boxing skill, he is actually going to be killed by "Killer" Peter, a much more experienced, skilled and powerful opponent than him, during the final. He tries to back off from fighting in the final by trying to injure his hand (which is unsuccessful) and also trying to tell Yazhini the truth that he is not a boxer (but backs off at the last minute after Yazhini expresses her confidence in him). In a last-ditch attempt, he meets "Killer" Peter at his house and tries to convince him to "throw" the match so that he could win and make Yazhini happy, but is brutally beaten up and humiliated by him in response. Determined to avenge being insulted, "Maan Karate" Peter gains confidence and starts training hard for the first time ever, with the main goal of knocking out "Killer" Peter in the ring. He also ensures that Yazhini sees the final. Meanwhile, unknown to him, the IT gang who is sponsoring him have switched sides and have decided to support "Killer" Peter after being offered INR75,00,000 by "Killer" Peter's father-in-law (who is impressed as to how the IT team had successfully predicted the outcome of the boxing tournament so far), feeling that it is better to trust a professional boxer like "Killer" Peter than a simpleton like "Maan Karate" Peter. Only Nikita is against betraying "Maan Karate" Peter, but she too reluctantly accepts the decision of the rest of the gang.

On the night of 2 October, the final begins. "Killer" Peter immediately gains the upper hand, pummelling "Maan Karate" Peter with heavy blows, severely weakening him. However, he is not daunted and continues to put up a brave fight, but is soon on the verge of being knocked out. Nikita is distraught on seeing "Maan Karate" Peter being assaulted so badly and reveals the truth to Yazhini that "Maan Karate" Peter is no boxer and had actually entered the finals by fluke. Yazhini immediately tries to call off the match, with the assurance that she is not mad at "Maan Karate" Peter and that their relationship will continue irrespective of the lie, but he refuses to listen to her. Predictably, once again remembering how he had been insulted by "Killer" Peter, he soon manages to fight back, eventually knocking him out, causing a major upset. "Maan Karate" Peter wins the boxing tournament and dedicates the prize money of INR2,00,00,000 to the astounded IT gang, who were walking out of the stadium after seeing "Killer" Peter lose, but they deny the offer. He also conveys his love for a sobbing Yazhini, who is relieved that he has survived.

The movie ends with a display of a portion of the newspaper the siddhar had materialised torn by Nikita and left at the Chandragiri forest several months ago. The portion shows a photo of "Maan Karate" Peter lifting the boxing tournament trophy.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

A pooja for the launch of the film took place on 10 July followed by a press meet. The film was shot in Chennai, Bangalore and Athirappilly (Kerala) during the first schedule and a couple of songs were shot at Malta. Hansika started shooting for her portions first while Siva Karthikeyan joined the team from the first week of August.[1]

The film was named after a dialogue spoken by Dhamu in Gemini (2002),[4] where he explains that Maan Karate means nothing more than how a deer runs away when in danger.[5]

The climax was shot in a very grand set location in Chennai. The outdoor set for the climax was set up at a cost of INR 3 crores.[citation needed]

Soundtrack[edit]

Maan Karate
Soundtrack album by Anirudh Ravichander
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LanguageTamil
LabelSony Music
ProducerAnirudh Ravichander
Anirudh Ravichander chronology
Velaiyilla Pattathari
(2014)
Maan Karate
(2014)
Kaththi
(2014)

Soundtrack for the film was composed by Anirudh Ravichander scoring for the second Sivakarthikeyan film after Ethir Neechal (2013). The audio was launched at Sathyam Cinemas (Chennai) on 16 March 2014. Behindwoods rated the album 3.25/5 stating "Hit machine Anirudh delivers one more with his signature sound".[6]

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Maanja"  Madhan KarkyAnirudh Ravichander4:44
2."Darling Dambakku"  YugabharathiBenny Dayal, Sunidhi Chauhan4:10
3."Un Vizhigalil"  R D RajaAnirudh Ravichander, Shruti Haasan4:04
4."Royapuram Peter"  R D RajaSivakarthikeyan, Paravai Muniamma3:37
5."Open the Tasmac"  Gaana BalaDeva, Anirudh Ravichander4:06
6."Darling Dambakku Reprise Version"  YugabharathiNivas, Kalpana4:11
Total length:
24:52

Release[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were bagged by STAR Vijay. A teaser was released on Valentine's Day. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board. The film released on 4 April 2014.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Maan Karate received mixed reviews.[8] Baradwaj Rangan of The Hindu, wrote, "Sivakarthikeyan, the likeable boy next door, has transformed into Sivakarthikeyan, the big star — and Maan Karate is less a film than a ticker-tape celebration of this reality...This isn’t about Maan Karate or even about boxing. It’s about the cult of the star. And as is the case with these movies, some two hours go by during which nothing seems to be at stake. And then we get the last half-hour, soaked in melodramatic sentiment, where everything seems to be at stake".[9]The Times of India gave the film 2.5/5, wrote, "Maan Karate is nothing but a showcase for Sivakarthikeyan...[the film] dispenses with any form of logic, and wants us to take it as it is, no questions asked. The story, by director AR Murugadoss, is a mix of fantasy and romance, but Thirukumaran's script is underdeveloped".[10] Hindustan Times gave it 2/5 and wrote, "Maan Karate has an interesting plot, but the way it is scripted and narrated is illogical...the movie drags you along in its sometimes strong, sometimes weak currents, interspersed with the silliest of songs and the dumbest of dances".[11] IANS gave it 2/5 and wrote, "While the makers present the film as an out-and-out commercial entertainer and that's what it is, you still find Maan Karate meaningless because debutant Thirukumaran only tried to do justice to the hero's image by compromising on the plot. He also takes the audience for granted and gives them a film under the assumption that they will embrace it because it has been written by Murugadoss".[12] Rediff gave the film 2/5 and wrote, "Maan Karate is a letdown by uninspiring direction".[13] The New Indian Express wrote, "With a watchable first half and a disappointing second half, Maan Karate is an average entertainer".[14] Behindwoods gave 2.75/5 and concluded that the film is "Siva Karthikeyan's entertainer to beat the summer heat".[15] Deccan Chronicle gave 2.5/5 and summarised that, "For Sivakarthikeyan and Hansika fans, this movie will prove to be decent entertainer, if not a blockbuster.".[16] Sify stated that the film is "On the whole, a perfect summer outing with your family.".[17] Siddarth Srinivas of Cinemalead gave 2.5/5 and concluded, "This boxer packs a punch which is half as powerful.".[18] Indiaglitz wrote, "Barring the boxing sequences, a good watch!" and rated the movie 2.75/5.[19] Bharath Vijaykumar of Moviecrow gave 2.25/5 and concluded, "Maan Karate is not as smart as the title suggests.".[20] OneIndia gave 2.5/5 and concluded, "Maan Karate is for Sivakarthikeyan and Hansika Motwani's fans.".[21]

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