Sunday, December 14, 2008

Mast Maja Maadi - Film Review

Mast Maja Maadi - film as a whole, does not impress much. But the dialogues for most part of the film, sets a laugh riot in the movie hall! Also, the performance of Komal which hides below par performance from lead actors! But who cares, as you have to just concentrate on the dialogues. Mere presence of Komal adds comedy element to the scenes. Its been long time since he has come out of the shadow of his elder brother, Jaggesh. Film posters project Sudeep as the hero of the film but heroic performance if any ends there, as he delivers an indifferent performance here.

Film is about 4 jobless guys - Diganth, Komal, Vijay Raghavendra and Nagakiran, who are after the Rs.20 crore bounty, hidden under a big 'M' in Ooty Botanical Garderns. Things get complicated as they are joined by Sudeep, a disgruntled police officer who knows this secret and trys to stop at their mission and take away the full share! Further Sathya Raj, playing robber and Rangaayana Raghu also join the mad race. Comedy of errors to induce laughter is common in such tales and here too. Though the gang of these funny guys get hold of the treasure, they donate it to charity under changed circumstances. Mast Maja Maadi film poster
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Sole heroine in the movie, Jenifer Kotwal gives an average performance. Lip synch for dubbing seems out of place. But it also a pity that for most of the Kannada heroines, the only dubbing artist is Deepu. Let the heroine be - Pooja Gandhi, Ramya aka Divya Spandana or Shubha Poonja, the female voice is of Deepu only. Rangayana Raghu seems like a slapping expert in the movie with acting going backstage. Nagakiran, who plays a dumb guy in this movie, has been dubbed with voice similar to that of duck for his antics - this could have been clearly avoided. Diganth has to go back to his acting classes. Tennis Krishna, Sihikahi Chandru, Umashri come and go. Of the movie locations, I could identify Manchinabele backwaters, on the outskirts of Bangalore city, where much of the scenes are shot. Surprise package is the song in the climax featuring Kannada superstar Upendra and a galaxy of Sandalwood heroines - Andrita Ray, Sharmila Maandre, Nethanya, Suman Ranganath, Keerthi Chawla, Rekha, Sanjanaa, Ragini, Ramanitho Chowdhry, Gowri Munjaal and Maahi.

In the end, as you would have thought by now, Mast Maja Maadi is a remake of Dhamaal which in itself is a remake of hollywood flick Its a mad, mad, mad world!. I would like to call these two remakes as national remake and international remake! That's not all - some scenes for Mast Maja Maadi are blatantly lifted from Golmaal, making it sort of kichdi. So, initially when the film begins dialogues seem direct translation of Hindi version. But for the audience's respite, this translation saga ends at first few scenes. An average film, can be given a try or better, a miss!


  1. Dhamal is not only a remake of Its a mad, mad, mad world ... It's also a kichdi having scenes taken from Road Trip... So I guess we can call this Mast Maja Maadi as Kichdi of Kichdis!!

  2. Hi Harish,

    I did not know that Golmaal was also a kichdi. When will our filmmakers think on their own?


  3. Yes Komal has become a best comedy actor in kannada in recent days.

    "Its been long time since he has come out of the shadow of his elder brother, Jaggesh."

    illi tanaka naa nODirO chitragaLalli, Komal naTaneyalli yaavottoo jaggesh neraLu naa kanDillaa.. (ibbaroo oTTaagi naTisiruva yaavdO ondu movie biTre).. so mElina hELike nanage sari illaa annistu...

    Mr garagasa kooDa atyuttama haasya chitra (remake aagidroo kooDa), mattu kOmal naTaneya (poorNa pramaaNada) haasya chitra.. chitra Odlilla annOdu aascharya ashTe!!

  4. Hi Guru,

    Atleast when Komal entered the film industry, he was recognized as brother of veteran actor Jaggesh and now he has established himself and is a class of his own.




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