Samuthirakani is chief of a village near Madurai. There are caste restrictions in the village where a certain group of people from the neighbouring village are not allowed to come to the temple or take part in Jallikattu.
Samuthirakani strives to break this barrier and announces that anyone can visit the temple and take part in the traditional sport.
His decision is opposed is by many in the village which includes Vela Ramamoorthy. However, Samuthirakani is stern in his decision and he loses his life during a fight because of this.
Meanwhile, Vela Ramamoorthy’s brother and Mime Gopi’s brother from the neighbouring village also die. Following all these, Samuthirakani’s wife along with his young son Shanmugapandian leaves the village and settles in Malaysia.
Twenty years later, they return back to their village to find a girl for the hero. Shanmugapandian is also determined to conduct Jallikattu which his father dreamt of and to find those who were responsible for Samuthirakani’s death.
Did he succeed in his quest and what are the hurdles that he faces forms the rest of the story.
Shanmugapandian does not do any heroics to portray himself as the mass hero, instead goes with the flow of the movie and has given what the story required.
Samuthirakani is terrific as the village chief. His body language and his dialogues are all top notch which is one of the biggest strengths of the movie.
Vela Ramamoorthy has also done a decent job and is terrifying as the villain. Other star cast and crew have also done their parts satisfyingly.
Director P G Muthiah has made Jallikattu as the core theme of the movie. He has also handled the cast well. The main lag in the movie is that at times the screenplay starts to fall flat without a punch.
Background music and songs by Santhosh Dhayanidhi are also soothing and an added positive to the movie.
Madurai Veeran is a good story which could have been delivered with more punch.
Rating: 2.25/5 – Made with grit