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Mankatha (2011)

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A ruthless cop has to win a game to save an amount of 500 crore from a corrupt politician and a local gang

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ajith Kumar ... Vinayak Mahadevan
Arjun ... Prithviraj
Trisha Krishnan ... Sanjana Arumugam (as Trisha)
Premgi Amaren ... Prem
Vaibhav Reddy ... Sumanth
Anjali ... Suchitra Sumanth
Andrea Jeremiah ... Sabitha Prithviraj
Raai Laxmi ... Sona (as Lakshmi Rai)
Aravind Akash Aravind Akash ... Faizal
Ashwin Kakumanu Ashwin Kakumanu ... Ganesh
Mahat Raghavendra Mahat Raghavendra ... Mahat
V. Jayaprakash ... Arumuga Chettiyaar
Subbu Panchu ... Kamal Ekambaram / Praveen Kumar (as Panchu Subbu)
Boys Rajan Boys Rajan ... Special Squad Officer
Ramya Subramanian ... Press Reporter (as Vj Ramya)
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Storyline

Mankatha is a racy and adrenaline-rushing story of a Maharashtra police officer Vinayak Mahadevan (Ajith) who is suspended for helping a smuggler to escape from police encounter. He starts leading life in his own way. He falls for Sanjana (Trisha), daughter of an influential local goon Arumuga Chettiyar (Jayaprakash) in Mumbai. A tough cop Prithvi (Arjun) takes charge to end betting scandal in IPL cricket in Mumbai. Arumuga uses his links with dons in Mumbai tries to route through his old theatre, a cash of over Rs 500 crore to be used in betting. Sumanth (Vaibhav), a goon working for Arumuga Chettiyarplans to take away the booty with the help of his friends Ganesh (Ashwin), Mahanth (Mahanth), who owns a bar in Mumbai and Prem (Premji), a IIT graduate. Vinayak joins the race. he promises to help them and divide it between them. Trouble starts after they take away the cash. Both Arumugha Chettiyar and police are now on their heels. Meanwhile, Mahanth and Prem escape with the cash. It ... Written by Captain

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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil

Release Date:

31 August 2011 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

INR 400,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

INR 334,000,000 (India), 31 August 2011, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

INR 800,000,000
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A Hindi remake of the film has been confirmed by Gnanavel Raja of Studio Green. The cast and crew are yet to be finalized. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical release was edited - In order to obtain a 12A classification the distributor made cuts in three of the films reels. The cuts which totaled 4 minutes and 53 seconds removed stronger instances of violence (bullet impacts, detail of injuries and strong blows). The uncut version was later released on DVD/Video formats with a '15' rating for strong threat and violence. See more »

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Mankatha - A Well-Played Game
4 September 2011 | by nair_vinodSee all my reviews

Mankatha is Ajith Kumar's 50th movie. Hence, there are high expectations. By watching the theatrical trailer, one's interest for the film will surely have soared. To those who came with high expectations, Mankatha did not disappoint. A well-packaged thriller from start to finish.

Mankatha is about a suspended Maharashtra cop, Vinayak(Ajith) who teams up with Sumanth(Vaibhav), SI Ganesh(Ashwin Kakumanu), Prem(Premji) and Mahat(Mahat) to pull of a heist. Hot on their heels are Special Branch officer Prithviraj(Arjun) and the Arumuga Chettiyar's(Jayaprakash)men. A cat-and-mouse chase ensues with usual double-crosses which ends with a surprise twist.

Ajith has done a wonderful job in Mankatha after disappointing performances in Aegan and Asal. After David Billa, his Vinayak Mahadevan character oozes style and substance. A tailor-made role for him. Arjun as Prithviraj is nothing new for us as we have seen him in such roles in the past. Vaibhav,Ashwin and Mahat did a decent job. Premji, as usual managed to evoke laughters here and there with his dialogues and antics. Premji's character reminds us of the 'Napster' from The Italian Job. Jayaprakash fits into the character of Arumuga Chettiyar with ease. Arvind Akash fits the bill as Faisal, Arumuga Chettiyar's henchman. Of the female leads, only Trisha and Lakshmi Rai had importance and did justice to their roles while Anjali and Andrea are wasted.

The other highlight of the film is notably Yuvan Shankar Raja's music. Vilayadu Mankatha, Open the Bottle and Balle Lakka songs stand out and went with the flow of the movie. The two songs, Kannadi Nee and Vaada Bin Laada look mis-placed. The BGM is excellent and goes well with the mood of the film. Editing by Praveen-Srikanth is perfectly executed. Sakthi Saravanan's camera work captured the chase and gunfight scenes well but the colour tone seems to be dull in the first half. Silva's stunts are just the usual stuff and nothing is eye catching. The only drawback are the stunts itself where usage of visual effects can be clearly seen. Realistic stunts could have made the film better.

In a nutshell, Mankatha is Ajith's game from start to finish. Influences of Hollywood films(RED,Italian Job) are evident but Ajith remains the show-stealer. A perfect 50th film and a wonderful treat for Thala's fans.


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