Maradona (2018 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Vishnu Narayan|
|Produced by||S. Vinodkumar|
|Screenplay by||Krishna Moorthy|
|Music by||Sushin Shyam|
|Cinematography||Deepak D. Menon|
|Edited by||Saiju Sreedharan|
|Box office||5 crores|
Maradona is an Indian Malayalam-language film directed by debutant Vishnu Narayan and starring Tovino Thomas in the title role. It was written by Krishna Moorthy and produced by Mini Studio. The film's background score and songs were composed by Sushin Shyam. The cinematography was performed by Deepak D. Menon and edited by Saiju Sreedharan.
The movie follows the story of a goon for hire, Maradona (Tovino Thomas), a cranky young man who moves to Bangalore for staying with his distant relatives, after accidentally injuring a powerful politician's son. However, during his stay there the situation worsens as the politician hires a goon named Martin (Chemban Vinod) to trace Maradona and his friend Sudhi (Tito Wilson) who picked up a fight with the man's son, Aravindan, who has lost his memory after the incident.
Maradona befriends many people in the apartment, like Ousepachan, an old man living all alone in the apartment opposite to that of his. He also befriends Asha (Saranya) who is a home nurse at the apartment next door, shortly before falling in love with her. Simultaneously he is informed by Sudhi and another friend of his, about the events taking place at their hometown. As the film's interval is over, the incident forcing Maradona and Sudhi to beat up the rogue Aravindan is shown. Later, Martin and his gang find Sudhi and lock him up in a hideout after beating him severely. Maradona watches a story in a news channel in which a man is being severely beaten by a group of goons and identified it was Sudhi. He confesses to Asha about his past as a goon and she leaves him. Ousepachan calms him down saying that Asha will return to him once she gets to know about his true feelings. Later, Martin and his gang arrives at the apartment to look for Maradona, but learn that a robbery had happened at the apartment in which he was living, and also that he is missing since the previous day. Maradona had gone to Aravindan's house, to apologise to his mother as he is the one behind the guy's condition. Maradona surrenders and is now locked up with Sudhi. He is happy to see a still alive Sudhi, as he had earlier thought that Sudhi was killed. Maradona also gets a call from Asha who is now a nurse in a hospital somewhere. Sudhi is repentant now, especially for ruining his wife's life, someone who had loved and married him knowing his past. So he asks Maradona to not let go of Asha. Later, Sudhi succumbs to his injuries. When Martin and his friend arrives, Maradona overpowers them to escape. The last scene shows Maradona on a journey to West Bengal(probably where Asha is), with Aravindan who doesn't remember who Maradona is (and that he is the one behind his condition). Maradona assures Aravindan's mother that he will return with Aravindan once he learns that his dear ones are safe. We also see Ousepachan returning the valuables that were missing from the apartment, revealing that Maradona had faked a robbery for the safety of his loved ones.
- Tovino Thomas as Maradona
- Chemban Vinod Jose as Martin
- Sharanya R. Nair as Asha
- Leona Lishoy as Nadhiya
- Shalu Rahim as Aravindhan
- Tito Wilson as Sudhi
- Kichu Tellus as Anto
- Parthavi as Diya
- Sam (Dog) as Rambo
- Niranjan Harish as Naresh
- Hari Thampuran as Ousepachan
- Nistar Ahmed
- Jins Baskar as Sree
The film marks the directorial debut of Vishnu Narayan, who had earlier associated Aashiq Abu, Dileesh Pothen, and Samir Thahir; it was written by Krishna Moorthy who had earlier associated with Lijo Jose Pellisery and Dileesh Pothen. The film was produced by S. Vinod Kumar under the banner Mini Studio. Sukumar Thekkepat was the executive producer of the film and the camera was handled by Deepak D. Menon.
The film was released on 27 July 2018 across 128 theaters in Kerala.
Baradwaj Rangan rated 3 out of 5 stars in Film Companion. Asha Prakash for Times of India has written that Vishnu Narayan’s Maradona is a movie in which the journey is more interesting than the destination. She has mentioned that the film rightly belongs to Tovino and can be considered a celebration of the actor in him. Abhijith for Filmibeat has written that Maradona is a neatly packaged film which offers a compelling viewing experience. "The best part of Maradona is the fact that the film keeps the audiences hooked to it with the elements in the movie. The narrative pattern of the film is appealing and it is refreshing to watch certain events unfold in a rather tricky manner," he added.
The music of the film was composed by Sushin Shyam.
|Maradona (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Original version|
|2.||"Ee Raavil"||Nezer Ahemed||Nezer Ahemed||03:35|
|3.||"Kadhale"||Vinayak Sasikumar||Sruthy Sasidharan||03:26|
|4.||"Nilapakshi"||Vinayak Sasikumar||Sushin Shyam, Neha.S. Nair||03:49|
|5.||"NilaPakshi Sad version"||Vinayak Sasikumar||Sushin Shyam, Neha.S. Nair||04:15|
|6.||"Varum"||Vinayak Sasikumar||Sushin Shyam, Neha.S. Nair||03:55|
- "Tovino Thomas's next is a Malayalam film titled 'India'". 18 January 2018.
- "Tovino Thomas's new film Maradona to go on floors from July 30 - Times of India".
- "Tovino Thomas is all set to star in Maradona - Times of India".
- "Tovino's next is Maradona but it's not about football".
- "Tovino Thomas resumes filming Maradona - Times of India".
- Asha Prakash (28 July 2018). "Maradona is quite Watchable". Times of India. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
- Abhijith (28 July 2018). "Maradona is neatly packaged film which offers a compelling viewing experience". Filmibeat. Retrieved 28 July 2018.