Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Manithan comes as a whiff of fresh air thanks to its familiar story of an underdog lawyer, who wants to make it big in Madras High Court. The film is a telling commentary on haves and have-nots, aided by superlative performances from veteran performers Prakash's Raj and Radharavi, who essay the roles of a criminal lawyer and judge to insane amounts of perfection.
It definitely takes some time to accept the role Udhay plays. He comes across as a novice in the beginning before getting into the groove in the second half of the film where he proves, for the first time, that he has it in him to enact an author-backed role. This is a genuinely surprising element from the producer-turned-actor, who has shut critics with a neat performance.
The film explores the vast rich-poor divide with incisive dialogues and subplots that grab the attention of audiences instantly. Calling Manithan as just a faithful adaptation of Hindi film Jolly LLB would be grossly understating the work of director Ahmed, who has give nice directorial touches and additions to make it appealing to the Tamil audiences.