Excerpts & links to reviews of Maradona

Starring: Tovino Thomas, Leona Lishoy, Chemban Vinod Jose
Director: Vishnu Narayn
India release date: July 27, 2018
Genre: Action, comedy, thriller
Certification: UA
Language: Malayalam
Duration: 2 hrs, 28 mins


“We literally see a half-animal transform into a half-decent human being… Green is prominent. The film opens amidst lush vegetation, and the outsides of these flats are painted in the same colour. When the camera pulls back from Maradona, he is but a speck in a sea of green. When a man’s very nature is being transformed, cooled down, what better colour to surround him with than that of Nature?”

Rating: 3 stars | Full review

Baradwaj Rangan, Film Companion
Baradwaj Rangan
“Maradona, like an increasing number of Malayalam films in recent times, valorizes love, forgiveness, and repentance over revenge and bloodthirst. And encouragingly, these messages come to us from women characters – not in saccharine, overly sentimental tones, but with honesty.”

| Full review

Sowmya Rajendran, The News Minute
Sowmya Rajendran


“Nothing betrays the hardness of a human heart better than harshness towards kids and harmless house pets… Thomas is wonderful in those scenes… His urbane outward appearance and natural charm make you want to like his character until the narrative reveals how unlikeable he is.”

Rating: 2 stars | Full review

Anna MM Vetticad, First Post
Anna MM Vetticad
“We have seen the idea of transformation before, but the way it is executed — through subtle actions, whistles and dialogues — makes it interesting. You won’t hear loud music banging on the background when his mind changes.”

Rating: 3 stars | Full review

Elizabeth Thomas, Deccan Chronicle
Elizabeth Thomas


“The film rightly belongs to Tovino, and can be considered a celebration of the actor in him. Those enamoured by Tovino as the lovable Mathen in ‘Mayaanadhi’ will be in for a shock.”

Rating: 3 stars | Full review

Asha Prakash, The Times of India
Asha Prakash
“Furthers and intensifies my love for Malayalam cinema. Even in a film that falters, there’s so much to ponder, to think about. There’s effort in filmmaking… Tovino Thomas is pitch-perfect, every muscle in that handsome face reacts, not acts, mind you. It’s great to see a flawed lead, with just hints of likeability.”

Ashameera Aiyappan, Indian Express
Ashameera Aiyappan




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