Maamannan is a critically acclaimed, socially significant, and aesthetically revolutionary film directed by the award-winning Mari Selvaraj. Many progressive politicians, writers, and activists in Tamil Nadu appreciate Mari for braving to cinematize the caste supremacist electoral system of Tamil Nadu.
While the film has opened up many important discussions of caste politics, certain reactionary caste supremacists have expressed their disdain for the film. Some have resorted to reclaiming the antagonistic Rathinavel, portrayed brilliantly by Fahadh Faasil, as some sort of honourable hero.
All that aside, the stellar performance of Vadivelu has given the actor a new birth; his sentimental and intimate emotions of humiliation, anger, and hope flooded through the screen to engulf the hearts of the audience. Apart from Vadivelu, fans of the film also appreciated the work Raveena had done for her character, even when she spoke no lines. Her acting was so seamless and natural that it won over the audience. She expressed on Twitter that the character of Jyothi from Maamannan will always be special to her heart.
Raveena, the voice actor turned actress, had very little screen time and no lines at all, yet her presence in the film made all the more difference. She very realistically played the role of the wife of Rathinavel, who at first seemed very meek and subservient, but as the story progresses, she herself fights back against the injustice that her husband inflicts upon the world. It was the very intimate and natural portrayal of emotions that her character held—fear, dread, anger, and loyalty—that had garnered Raveena this much appreciation from fans.
Raveena began her career in the film industry as a dubbing artist who works across the Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam industries. Apart from Maamannan, her most notable work as an actress was her role in the superhit film Love Today, directed by Pradeep Ranganathan. In the film, she plays the relatable role of the older sister of Pradeep, who is about to get married. Her portrayal of the anxieties that women have about marriage and the brave decision to trust in one’s decision won over the hearts of many viewers.
Source: Times of India