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Mudhalvan Movie Review

Mudhalvan Movie Review Tamil Movie Review
Review for the film " Mudhalvan"
Runtime: 2 Hours 58 Minutes
Certificate: U
Released: 07-11-1999
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
3.5 / 5.0

There was prevalent anticipation regarding the movie even before its release.  The reason was that mega director Shankar directed the movie.  Some of his works are great, and the movie Mudhalvan falls into the category of such class movies.  All of his movie titles are brief, and the movie Mudhalvan although crisp with its title, does not have a crisp screenplay. But, it is nothing to be regretted since the movie has enough twists and turns in it to make it a quality movie.  


Arjun plays the character of Pugazhendi, who is a television journalist in the movie. He takes his camera to a village, and the camera eyes sweep across the lush landscape. He happens to spot a girl, Manisha Koirala Manisha Koirala, is a Bollywood actress of Nepales >> Read More... , and he is taken in by her breathtaking beauty. Both of them fall in love, but her father wants a bridegroom with a government job. Meanwhile, Arjun is given the job of interviewing the Chief Minister Aranganathan, the role done by Raghuvaran. The questions thrown by Arjun to the CM and the resultant embarrassment to the CM are followed by Arjun taking up a position as one day Chief Minister. What happens next is the crux of the story.

Star Performances

There is no depth to the characters in the movie, and some characters seem exaggerated. Arjun’s character is clichéd, and Raghuvaran does the usual villain. The only thing that is different in him is the older look that he projects on screen. Manisha Koirala appears beautiful on screen, but there is no scope for performance by Manisha. Arjun’s personality on screen is quite pleasing to watch.


The message in the movie is very impressing and deeply moving. If there was no corruption in the state, the state could have looked a lot better. That is shown in a fine screenplay by director Shankar.  The scene showing the tussle between the bus drivers and students has been captured in a realistic manner. But, overall, what cannot happen in real-life comes to life on screen.  One can watch it and enjoy it as fiction.  

What is there?

  • A R Rahman is the music composer of the movie, and the numbers are good. 
  • Cinematography has a fine quality in it, and the village scenes appear beautiful on screen.
  • The screenplay has several nail-biting sequences to it and makes the movie interesting.

What is not there?

  • The movie is just what one could dream in the weirdest of dreams. It runs out of sense in few places.
  • The performances by the artists in the movie are clichéd.
  • The scene of Pal – Abhishekam for Arjun and people, hero-worshipping their one day Chief Minister is irritating.  


There is an excessive dose of positivity in the movie, and can be watched for entertainment. You cannot connect the movie with real life.