Magamuni (transl. The Great Sage) is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language crime drama film written and directed by Santhakumar.[1] The film stars Arya in dual roles along with Indhuja Ravichandran and Mahima Nambiar. Kaali Venkat, Rohini, Jayaprakash, and Ilavarasu play supporting roles. S. Thaman scores music for the film, and editing is handled by V. J. Sabu Joseph and cinematography handled by Arun Bathmanaban.[2] Principal photography of the film commenced during November 2018.[3] It was theatrically released by Tarun Pictures on 6 September 2019[4] to highly positive reviews from both critics and audience.[5][6] The film has won several international awards from various film festivals across the world.[7]

Theatrical release poster
Directed bySanthakumar
Written bySanthakumar
Story bySanthakumar
Produced byK. E. Gnanavel Raja
CinematographyArun Bathmanaban
Edited byV. J. Sabu Joseph
Music byS. Thaman
Distributed byTarun Pictures
Release date
  • 6 September 2019 (2019-09-06)
Running time
156 minutes

Plot Edit

The film travels back and forth between two characters. Magadevan is a cab driver in Chennai and also works as a thug for a corrupt politician named Muthurajan. Muniraj is a Good Samaritan and organic farmer who believes in Swami Vivekananda's teachings, thinks the world of Tamil literature, and lives in a village near Erode. It is made clear that Maga is an atheist while Muni practices yoga and spreads the word of Hinduism.

Maga thinks the world of his wife Viji and five-year-old son Prabha. He is also trying to turn a new leaf and leave the world of crime. Muni, on the other hand, is happy living with his loving mother. He wants to be a "Nitya Brahmachari" (bachelor) and at the same time, impart knowledge to students. Deepa is a journalism student and the daughter of a local landlord named Jayaraman, who is in awe of the soft-spoken Muni. Trouble erupts for Maga when one of Muthuraj's rivals, Guru Narayanan, tries to fix him in an earlier murder case, which was planned by him for Muthuraj. Muthuraj, in order to save himself and his nephew, enters into connivance with the police and makes Maga the bad guy. At the same time, Jayaraman does not like his daughter moving around with Muni, a lower-caste man, and wants to eliminate him.

Jayaraman plans to kill Muni via a snakebite in his farm; however, Muni is saved and admitted on the hospital by Deepa. Meanwhile, Maga is framed for the murder of Guru Narayanan's brother Surya Narayanan and is wanted by the police. Maga plans to escape to Vizag with his family and lead a normal life. He requests Muthuraj to pay him his balance money so that he can start a new life. However, he does not know that Muthuraj has betrayed him by disclosing his whereabouts to the police and Guru Narayanan. While Maga is on the way to meet Muthuraj, he is chased and shot by the police. Maga, despite being severely wounded, escapes the place by boarding a goods train.

Policemen track Maga's location using his mobile phone signal and find that he is somewhere near Erode. Maga contacts Muthuraj again requesting for help. Muthuraj asks Maga to meet Jayaraman (who also is Muthuraj's friend) in Erode so that he could get some money. In the meantime, policemen search all the hospitals around Erode, suspecting Maga to be treated for his injury. Finally, the police finds Muni in a hospital (as he was admitted for his snakebite) and arrests him, mistaking him for Maga. Meanwhile, Maga goes to Jayaraman's house seeking help. There, a drunk Jayaraman gets shocked upon seeing Maga and mistakes him for Muni, who has come for revenge. Jayaraman tries to attack Maga, but Maga kills Jayaraman to safeguard himself.

Maga's friends find out the true identity of Muthuraj and inform Maga. Maga feels bad for being betrayed by Muthuraj. On the other hand, Muni is handed over to Guru Narayanan by a corrupt police inspector Devaraj. Guru Narayanan's henchmen attack Muni as a means of revenge, believing him to be Maga. Muni is critically injured and admitted in the hospital. The police also arrests Viji and her son. Viji thinks that Maga is dead and commits suicide by jumping into a well. Maga learns about Muni from his friends, and he rushes to see him in the hospital. Maga understands that Muni is his twin brother. A small flashback is shown where Maga and Muni's mother Deivanai was mentally ill, and she left the two children alone on an empty train platform and went away. Maga and Muni are separated when they were kids. Maga was grown in an orphanage, while Muni was adopted by a widow.

Maga gets furious knowing about Viji's death and decides to kill the baddies. He goes to Muthuraj's place and kills everyone including Muthuraj, Guru Narayanan, and Devaraj. As Maga was also shot by police before, he also gets admitted in the same hospital where Muni is present. Unfortunately, Muni passes away. After a few months, it is shown that Maga comes to Muni's village as he feels guilty of Muni's death and decides to follow Muni's path of literature and peace of mind. Prabha is rescued by Deepa and raised by Deivanai. In the end, when Maga is asked by a man what his name is, he says, "Magamuni."

Cast Edit

  • Arya as Magadevan and Muniraj
  • Indhuja Ravichandran as Viji
  • Mahima Nambiar as Deepa
  • Kaali Venkat as Dr. Raghu
  • Rohini as Deivanai (Muni's mother)
  • Jayaprakash as Jayaraman
  • Ilavarasu as Muthurajan
  • Aruldoss as Guru Narayanan
  • Bala Singh as KMK District President
  • G. M. Sundar as Inspector Devaraj
  • Krishnamurthy as Surya Narayanan
  • Madhan Kumar as Aadhi Narayanan
  • Jashik as Prabha (Maga's son)
  • Deepa Shankar as Gomathy, Muthuraj's wife
  • KPY Yogi as Gopal, Muthuraj's assistant
  • Supergood Subramani as Therumunai Thirumurthy
  • Sembaruthi Sanjay as Deepa's brother
  • Seshu as Travels Manager
  • Sivaraj as Inspector
  • Thangamani Prabhu as Guru Dhanapal
  • Nakkalites Chella as Farmhouse Servant

Production Edit

The film was announced by Santhakumar, who is known for his critically acclaimed Mouna Guru, which was released in 2011.[8] The filming commenced on 14 November 2018, marking the director's second film in his career.[2] The shooting held at a brisk pace and predominantly shot in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Erode.[3] Filmmakers roped in actor Arya to play the male lead who was signed to portray dual roles, one an assassin and another a farmer and vallalar follower.[9]

Release Edit

Theatrical Edit

The film was theatrically released by Tarun Pictures on 6 September 2019. It was in Hindi as Mahamuni in February 2021 under Goldmines Telefilms.[4]

Home media Edit

The satellite rights of the film were acquired by Colors Tamil. The film is available on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix for digital streaming.

Box office Edit

In the opening weekend, Magamuni collected 1 crore (US$130,000) at the Chennai box office.[10]

Soundtrack Edit

The soundtrack of the film is composed by S. S. Thaman, continuing his collaboration with the director after Mouna Guru. The lyrics written by Kavignar Muthulingam and Krishnamoorthy Dhanushkodi.

Soundtrack album by
ProducerS. S. Thaman
S. S. Thaman chronology
Venky Mama
1."Odum Neeril Odam Pola"Kavingnar Muthulingam4:16
2."Kazhaga Kodi Parakkuthadaa"Krishnamoorthy Dhanushkodi5:14
3."Eppadi Eppadi"Kavingnar Muthulingam3:16

References Edit

  1. ^ "Arya's next will be with 'Mounaguru' director". The Times of India. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Arya's next titled 'Magamuni', to be directed by Shanthakumar". Sify. Archived from the original on 14 November 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Arya's film Magamuni nears completion, here's some exciting details!". Archived from the original on 22 March 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b Subramanian, Anupama (30 August 2019). "Magamuni gets a release date". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Magamuni Movie Review: A worthy follow-up to Santhakumar's debut film, Mouna Guru". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Magamuni movie review: Arya impresses in a double role in Santhakumar's story with well-crafted characters". Firstpost. 6 September 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  7. ^ "சர்வதேச விருதுகளை வென்ற ஆர்யா திரைப்படம்". ETV Bharat News. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  8. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (15 November 2018). "Arya is a 'Magamuni' now". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  9. ^ "'Mouna Guru'- fame Santhakumar ropes in Arya to star in his next film 'Magamuni' | Entertainment News". 14 November 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Arya's Magamuni gets a good start; Prabhas' Saaho slips to 7th place at Chennai box office". International Business Times. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 20 October 2019.

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