Maari 2 is a 2018 Indian Tamil masala film directed by Balaji Mohan. It is a sequel to his 2015 film Maari. Dhanush, besides producing the film under his company Wunderbar Films, also stars as the title character.  Krishna Kulasekaran, Tovino Thomas, Sai Pallavi, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, and Vidya Pradeep will play other important roles. The music was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja with cinematography by Om Prakash and editing by Prasanna GK. It was released on 21 December 2018 to mixed reviews from critics..
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|Directed by||Balaji Mohan|
|Written by||Balaji Mohan|
|Music by||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Edited by||Prasanna GK|
Picking up from the prequel, the film starts off with Maariyappan aka Maari (Dhanush) as the fun-loving gangster with his sidekicks Sanikkizhamai aka Sani (Robo Shankar) and Robert aka Adithangi (Punching Bag) (Kalloori Vinoth). Maari is chased around by Araathu Aanandi (Sai Pallavi), an auto driver who is head over heels in love with him. However, try as she might, Maari does not give her a second glance and constantly shows his annoyance to her.
In a parallel storyline, Gangadhar Beeja (Tovino Thomas) is shown to have escaped from jail with the cell walls scrawled with the words "Kill Maari". He is out for revenge, as his brother (Vincent Asokan), who was a lawyer, promised to get Beeja released from jail. Unfortunately, his brother is killed at the hands of Maari as the former tried to molest Aanandi's elder sister. This is also the reason why Aanandi loves Maari.
Maari gets his 100th murder attempt on his life by his rival Singayya, and to celebrate, Kalai (Krishna Kulasekaran), Sani, and Adithangi throw Maari a party. While coming back, Maari gets attacked, and Aanandi takes him to the hospital and takes care of him.
Kalai's brother Vallavan is shown to be a hand-in-glove with Singayya, who has formed an alliance with Beeja to overthrow Maari. As per Beeja's plan, Vallavan asks Sani to send Aanandi for a job, which turns out to be drug smuggling, a job which Maari hates. Aanandi goes to do the job and gets caught by Kalai. On confronting Aanandi, she tells him that Maari asked her to do it. This sparks a doubt in Kalai's mind. Vallavan is caught by Maari carrying the drugs, and when Maari confronts Kalai, a fight erupts. Maari and his sidekicks set fire to all the drugs, and Beeja kills Vallavan to make it look as if Maari killed him. Kalai gets enraged and orders his men to kill Maari. Maari is injured in the battle, and Beeja reveals himself as the perpetrator. Beeja then shoots Maari, but Maari is saved by Aanandi, who took the bullet for him.
The new collector, Vijaya Chamundeshwari (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar), is out to restore order and stop all gang violence. Maari goes into hiding with Aanandi, whose legs are paralyzed. Eight years pass, and Beeja has become the MLA candidate, by threatening Kalai. Vijaya, in an effort to find Maari, posts his picture along with Aanandi's on newspapers. Maari sees this and meets Vijaya, requesting her to remove the photos. Maari then reveals that he was living in Tenkasi with an elderly couple. Aanandi got pregnant, and a baby boy was born. However, due to complications by the paralysis, Aanandi dies. Maari then raises the boy, called Kaali (Master Raghavan) with help from the couple and Sani. Kaali is shown to have inherited his father's behavior and keeps picking fights in school. Maari then requests Vijaya to stop coming after him (as a request) and says that he changed his ways. When Kaali sees some students in the older grade teasing a teacher, he complains to the principal. In retribution, the boys chase him and try to teach him a lesson, only to get beaten black and blue by Kaali. The counsellor (Stalin), one of the boys' father, calls Kaali, but Maari goes and begs for forgiveness.
Meanwhile, the police commissioner (Aadukalam Naren) mentions to the media that there is an informer within Beeja's gang. Using his moles in the police department, Beeja tries to figure out who the mole is but fails. It is then revealed that there was not any mole and that the whole story was fabricated to identify the corrupt policemen in the department, including the commissioner. It is also revealed that despite begging for forgiveness, the counsellor insisted on his son beating up Kaali, and so, Maari beats up the counsellor and his henchmen. In a final encounter, Maari fights Beeja and paralyzes his legs, for revenge for Aanandi. Maari is then shown with his sidekicks back to his old ways.
- Dhanush as Maariyappan aka Maari, a gangster with a heart of gold
- Krishna Kulasekaran as Kalai, Maari’s first and best friend
- Tovino Thomas as Gangadhar Beeja (Thanathos), Maari's nemesis who is determined to bring about his downfall
- Sai Pallavi as Araathu Aanandi, an auto driver who is in love with Maari and saves him from death attempts but later dies
- Varalaxmi Sarathkumar as Vijaya Chamundeswari, the new collector who wants to restore order and stop gang violence
- Vidya Pradeep as Kalai's wife
- Robo Shankar as Sanikkizhamai aka Sani, Maari's sidekick
- Kalloori Vinoth as Robert (Adithangi), Maari's sidekick
- Kaali Venkat as Aarumugam, Maari's supporter
- Master Raghavan as Kaali, Maari and Aanandi's son who picks fights in school
- Aadukalam Naren as the corrupt police commissioner who lies to everyone by saying that there is an informer within Beeja's gang
- Aranthangi Nisha as Attu Aanandi
- E. Ramdoss as Police Assistant Commissioner
- Vincent Asokan as Beeja's brother who gets killed by Maari
- Stunt Silva as Goon
- Stalin as the counsellor, who insisted on his son beating up Kaali but later gets beaten up by Maari
- Sangili Murugan as House Owner
- Sethu Lakshmi as House Owner
- Rock Prabhu as Police Inspector
- Pasi Sathya as Nurse
- M. Kamaraj as Prisoner
As for the technical team for this film, only Om Prakash and Prasanna GK are retained as the cinematographer and editor respectively, following their work in the film's predecessor before. Meanwhile, Yuvan Shankar Raja and A. Amaran are signed as the music director and art director respectively, replacing Anirudh Ravichander and R. K. Vijaimurugan who earlier handles music and art direction for the previous film.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology|
|Singles from Maari 2|
The music of the film is composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, who replaces the predecessor's music composer Anirudh. The audio rights of the film are secured by the production house as well. The song, "Rowdy Baby" by Dhanush and Dhee, was released on 27 November 2018 as a single. The video song was released on YouTube on 2 January 2019, and has gained over 400 million views since. The song, "Maari's Aanandhi" written by Dhanush and sung by Ilaiyaraaja and M. M. Manasi, was released on 10 December 2018
|1.||"Rowdy Baby"||Dhanush||Dhanush, Dhee||4:44|
|2.||"Maari Gethu"||Yuvan Shankar Raja||Dhanush, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Chinnaponnu, Dhee||3:46|
|3.||"Maari's Anandhi"||Dhanush||Ilaiyaraaja, M. M. Manasi||4:20|
|1.||"Rowdy Baby"||Dhanush, M. M. Manasi||4:44|
|2.||"Maari Century"||Ranjith, Jithin Raj, Srivardhini||3:48|
|3.||"Maari's Aanandhi"||Ananthu, M. M. Manasi||4:18|
Maari 2 was released on 21 December 2018.
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