The recently-released Tamil spy flick Murugavel starring Sathyaraj, Mohanlal and Amala Paul in lead roles is the remake of the Malayalam film Lailaa O Lailaa released in 2015 under Joshiy's direction.
In the film, Sathyaraj runs an export business in Bangalore, but assists the Indian Government along with Mohanlal by operating a secret detective agency. Mohanlal, who marries Remya Nambeesan gets separated from her after six months as a result of few misunderstandings. He soon immerses himself deep in his work. Unaware of these details, Amala Paul, bitten by the love bug, initiates her marriage arrangements with Mohanlal. Meanwhile, Mohanlal catches terrorist Rahul Dev and keeps him under his custody. When he comes to know about Rahul's contacts with Kainaat Arora, he plans to trap the whole terrorist network by getting friendly with her.
Mohanlal then gets introduced to Kainaat under a false disguise and starts associating with her. Irked by his activities, Amala Paul follows Mohanlal to find out the truth. In this situation, Rahul Dev, who escapes from the clutches of Mohanlal, goes to meet Kainaat, but in turn faces Mohanlal there. This meeting ends up in a big gun fight and Amala assumes that Mohanlal is also a big don and eventually drops her marriage plans and leaves Mohanlal. On the other side, both Rahul Dev and Kainaat escape from Mohanlal. What happens next is narrated in the second half of the movie.
Having portrayed the role of the main protagonist, Mohanlal has attracted viewers by revealing his experienced acting skills in the action, romance and sentiment sequences. Although resembling a villain with his tonsured head, Sathyaraj looks great in his look and scores with his performance and dialogue delivery. Remya Nambeesan delivers a satisfactory performance despite little screen time. Amala Paul has taken up an unusual role and has performed her character with ease. Rahul Dev is terrific as a villain while Kainaat scores as a glam doll.
Director Joshiy has provided the needed thrills in the investigation sequences and has made his film equal to a Hollywood flick with enjoyable action scenes and a mixture of romance and sentiments. Songs are quite average, but Gopi Chander redeems himself in the background score. Loganathan's camera adds speed to the screenplay with his skilled cinematography.
On the whole. Murugavel will win.