Mariyaan (Tamil: மரியான் Mariyāaņ; English: The Immortal) is a 2013 Indian Tamil drama thriller film directed by Bharat Bala starring Dhanush alongside Parvathi. Produced by Venu Ravichandran, the film has music and background score composed by A. R. Rahman and cinematography by Marc Koninckx.Dialogues in the film are penned by R. N. Joe D'Cruz. The film revolves around a story of human survival adapted from a newspaper article of a real-life crisis event, when three oil workers from Tamil Nadu were kidnapped and taken hostage in Sudan by mercenaries. The film is an emotional journey of a common man to an unknown place with the hope to come home and lead a better life. The film released in Auro 3D sound format on selective screens in India and worldwide on 19 July 2013. The film received positive critical reception in India.At the Box Office of USA, the film had the biggest opening amongst all Indian films releasing on the same date. However, in Tamil Nadu the film was declared as an average grosser.
PlotMaryan Joseph (played by Dhanush) is a fisherman in a village named Neerodi. He has an auspicious bond with sea and proudly claims himself as "Kadal Raasa" (King of Ocean). There is Panimalar (played by Parvathi) who falls in love with Maryan and doesn’t shy away in confessing it to him. Maryan is loved and longed by Panimalar but sadly her feelings are not reciprocated. The more Maryan tries to keep Panimalar away from him, the closer she tries to get. This eventually leads to Maryan falling for Pani. Once, Panimalar is caught in unfortunate circumstances and to support her financially, Maryan is forced to take up employment on contract basis for two years in Sudan. He successfully completes his tenure and packs bags in jubilation to return to his ladylove, but tragedy strikes in the form of Sudanese terrorists, who end up kidnapping Maryan and two of his co-workers, demanding money for their freedom. After 21 days in captivity, Maryan escapes and runs for his life.He gets lost in the desert and suffers from dehydration and confronts cheetahs as his mirage .After finding the coast he fights the terrorist who catches up with him and escapes. He then returns back to his village where his love is waiting for him.
- Dhanush as Maryan Vijayan Joseph
- Parvathy as Panimalar
- Appukutty as Sakkarai
- Uma Riyaz Khan as Seeli
- Salim Kumar as Thomayya
- Vinayakan as Theekkurissi
- Jagan as Sami
- Ankur Vikal as Bappan
- Immanuel Annachi as Kuttyandi
- Hari Krishnan
- Christopher Minnie
- Dagbeh Tweh
- Barry Mydou
Critical ReceptionThe film received positive critical reception. The film's technicalities, performances of the lead actors and the score were applauded by the critics.
At The Times of India, N. Venkateswaran gave the film 4 out of 5 stars and quoted, "A soulful love story, but candy floss is not on the menu." At The New Indian Express, Malini Mannath wrote, "Cocktail of love and action, lyrical in its narrative style in the first half, the film could, however, have done with more coherence and conviction in its second half".Sandesh of One India Entertainment summarized, "Dhanush's sufferings on-screen, bursting and agony during emotional scenes have come out well. The movie is a must watch for Dhanush's fans." He gave the film 3.5 stars out of 5.S. Sarawasthi of Rediff gave the film 3 stars out of 5 and claimed, "Mariyaan is a beautiful love story. However, what brings the film down a notch is the pace, especially the second half, which seems to drag quite a bit. And though the film may not appeal to all, it is definitely a must watch."Critical review board at Behindwoods gave the verdict, "A movie with breathtaking visuals, heart-stopping music, terrifically talented cast set on a very leisurely paced narrative." They rated 3 on a scale of 5 Baradwaj Rangan of The Hindu noted, "A wonderful romance, but needed to be more." Vivek Ramz of in.com summarized, "'Mariyaan' is a realistic and touching love saga and definitely deserves a watch! Better watch it in Auro 3D screen to experience it best." He rated the film 3.5 stars out of 5.
In the second week number of weekend shows in Chennai were 306 and average theatre occupancy was 65%. The collections for the weekend grossed 75 lakh (US$120,000).During the subsequent weekdays, number of shows in Chennai were 600 with theatre occupancy 60% and the film grossed 1.44 crore (US$230,000). The second weekend experienced a drop compared to the first, but prime multiplexes reported near full houses. All over Karnataka, especially in Bangalore City the film opened with a mixed response and second weekend’s occupancy was less than 40% at the multiplexes.
In the third week number of weekend shows in Chennai were 117 and average theatre occupancy was degraded to 55%. The collections for the weekend grossed 18 lakh (US$29,000). For the following weekdays, number of shows in Chennai were 372 with theatre occupancy 40% and the film grossed 52.06 lakh (US$83,000).
After a month of the film release, weekend shows in the same city were 39 and average theatre occupancy further dipped to 40%. The collections for the weekend grossed 4 lakh (US$6,400). For the subsequent weekdays, number of shows in Chennai were 132 with theatre occupancy 30% and the film grossed 10 lakh(US$16,000)
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