It's Ajith's 50th film. Directed by Venkat Prabhu the promos promises aplenty. A huge star cast and catchy musical score besides adrenaline-rushing script makes Mankatha, a movie top cherish.
Venkat Prabhu has ensured al hype and expectations are satisfied in this film that features for most part - Ajith as a dreaded baddie.
After perhaps Vaali, Ajith takes to playing such a role. He does it woth aplomb. The movie has a huge star cast that includes Trisha, Arjun, lakshmi Rai, Jayaprakash, Vaibhav among others.
Mankatha is about Vinayak Mahadevan (Ajith), a police officer in Maharashtra police department suspended for his act. He falls for Sanjana (Trisha), daughter of an Mumbai gangster Arumuga Chettiar (Jayaprakash). Meanwhile to end betting mafia ahead of the IPL finals in Mumbai, a tough cop Prithvi (Arjun) takes charge as deputy commissioner. A cash of over Rs 500 crore to be used in betting arrives in Mumbai. Sumanth (Vaibhav), working for Arumuga Chettiar plans to take away the wealth without Arumugam's knowledge. He takes the help of his friends Ganesh (Ashwin), Mahanth (Mahanth) and Prem (Premji), a IIT graduate. They are now joined by Vinayak. Now both Arumugha Chettiar and the police follow them.
Meanwhile, Mahanth and Prem escape with the cash. It all upto Vinayak now. The battle is between him and Prithvi that ends with a riveting climax.
Ajith hogs all limelight. He not only does pulsating action sequences as baddie, but evokes laughter with his comical skills. In the second half, he walks away with all honours. Arjun does play his part as police officer well, while Trisha, Lakshmi Rai, Andrea and Anjali also appear on screen.
Vaibhav gets a good role and so does Premji. Yuvan Shankar's tunes are catchy especially the peppy numbers.
Director Venkat Prabhu has managed to render a movie that would be adored and admired by Ajith fans.