‘Magamuni’ review: Arya’s thriller is a riveting watch

KollywoodDirector Santha Kumar plays a delicious mind game with the audience, adding twists to a screenplay that is dense with details.Sowmya RajendranMagamuni, directed by Santha Kumar, is one of the most complex thrillers to come out of Tamil cinema and a film that almost entirely justifies its lengthy runtime. Telling a compelling story of crime, political intrigue, caste violence and religion, the film also manages to flirt with philosophy without turning boring at any point. When we’re introduced to Maga (Arya), a cab driver, he seems like any other man trying hard to keep his family afloat through difficult times. He’s stuck in mind-numbing traffic, his petulant wife Viji (a striking Indhuja) is complaining on the phone, and he’s in desperate need of money. Someone breaks his rear-view mirror and you think he’s going to lose control and do what our heroes usually do – beat
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