Gone are the times when the audience were bored with the redundancy of romance in Tamil cinema. From raising fundamental questions like 'Sonnaldhaan Kaadhala' to 'Sollamaley kadhal' and toying with concepts like 'Paakamaley Kaadhal' to 'Paatha udane Kaadhal', it looks like our film fraternity has officially exhausted Romance.
Now we are realistically looking at such an assault on horror. Filmmakers are slowly but painfully trying to exhaust every possibility of horrifying people through a range of ghosts and Marappachi is frankly one such old wine in a very old battle.
Muruganandham, an army man, comes home for a holiday and falls in love with Suganya, a migrant from Rajasthan, selling wooden dolls. Hero's dad, the local landlord is against the proposition and with the aid of the local Police and M.L.A tries to sabotage the relationship.
The heroine is brutally raped and murdered by the two (cop and M.L.A) and the ghost of the heroine enters a wooden doll to seek vengeance.
Muruganandham looks like an army man but cannot act like one. Suganya's dual role as the ghost and witty girl is commendable. Other actors have done a good job as well.
How different is this plot from its previous variants dating back to early 80s is something director Muthu Manohar has failed to answer. Bala Ganesh's songs are average and Muthu Manohar's cinematography is commendable.Marappachi is scary.