Thoughts on Madurai – a Star Vijay serial

I must first say, I am not a serial-watcher, definitely not a regular one, but this village-flavored serial on Star Vijay has won me over. Madurai, if I recall correctly, has been airing for almost 10 months now. What initially seemed like a standard-revenge oriented storyline turned away from that very quickly.

The story is about family-feud and the efforts of the female lead, Meenakshi (Srija Chandran), to re-unite the siblings from an older generation. There are 5 siblings in question: Meenakshi’s father Doraipandi (Thennavan), Veerapandi (aka Mu Ra), older brother of Dorapandi, Lakshmi, Kamakshi (Vadivukarasi), and Murugesan. As one would expect, in all this is intertwined in a love story – that involving Meenakshi and Kamakshi’s son, Saravanan (Mirchi Senthil), and love trianges.

What struck me as rather different about this is the effort to move away from the standard-cry/plot fests that most serials are. Added to that is very good action from the leading charecters:

Meenakshi (Srija Chandran): rocks totally in the role of a stubborn village girl with a heart of gold. Her’s is probably among the stronger of characters that has remained fairly consistent till now.

Saravanan (Mirch Senthil): again rocks in his role. The romance between him and Meenakshi is subtle, realistic and enjoyable. However, on the flip side, his charecter has weakend from his initial rowdy/gangster/strong man. That this might be effect of Meenakshi’s taming of him and ridding him of the rowdy-ism is understandable, but he seems to have lost some of the macho-ness. Also, the fact that he isn’t able to tell his mother that he does not wish to be engaged to Azhagi (Murugesan’s daughter) or that his heart is elsewhere, given that he doesn’t live in his own home, but at Meenakshi’s.

Doraipandi: Characterized as a good father, is moderately stubborn but will listen to reasoning. His new-found respect for Saravanan is apt; this arc finds several comical bits which add to the story’s charm. Again, plays his part well.

Veerapandi: Fiery and stubborn yet compassionate man with principles on the one hand and deep grudges on the other. Gerald, the director has done well to let us see both sides of him. Excellent potrayal by Mu Ra.

Kamakshi: Veteran actress Vadivukkarasi plays Saravanan’s mother. She is portrayed as a selfish, ego-centric and stubborn woman who cares about nothing else but proving her point. As expected of any story, she despises Meenakshi and her father whole-heartedly and hopes against all hopes that Saravanan will agree to marry Murugesan’s daughter Azhagi.

There are a host of other characters which include the children on other siblings. The current focus (for the past 2 weeks) has been on resolving the Saravanan-Azhagi engagement confusion. Azhagi false-promises Meenakshi that if she sends Saravanan for the engagement, she will let her have him.

Director Gerald has recently thrown himself into the party in the role of Saravanan’s elder brother, Velmurugan. The part about the new inclusion of Velmurugan that I did not like was the fact that it seemed a bit like cheating to suddenly “add” a brother to Saravanan, given that Kamakshi often referred to the later as her only son. Velmurugan seems to be to vying for Meenakshi and she seems to be slowly falling into his trap(?) with the uniting thread being that Velmurugan shares her interest in uniting the family. To me, he is stealing Saravanan’s thunder: if he will be helping Meenakshi to unite the family, what is there for Saravanan to do? Furthemore Velmurugan has promised his mother that he would help her cause of marrying Saravanan to Azhagi, but on the other hand assured Saravanan that he will stop his engagement to Azhagi. After 2 weeks of Velmurugan, I’m not sure whether to trust him or and certainly don’t like him (as a character). The only thing about his inclusion that I see adds value to the existing plot line without taking away from it is intensification of the love-triangle; there are now two: Meenakshi-Saravanan-Azhagi and Velmurugan-Meenakshi-Saravanan.

Whew! That’s a lot of summarizing and typing. Perhaps this week we will know if Saravanan manages to wriggle out of the engagement with Azhagi, this time, by himself. More later.

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19 Responses to Thoughts on Madurai – a Star Vijay serial

  1. kajan says:

    Hey,
    I agree with most of what you say. It’s true, the actors are great. Saravanan’s character will soon become strong again, I think. Hope so.

    Basically, the only serial I have actually hooked on to, especially as I run away from all the Suntv serials that Mom watches:-)

  2. Scorpicity says:

    I have consciously avoided these serials for years… now on your account I’m going to watch an episode… if it is still crap, I will never forgive you in making me watch it :)… LOL… cheers

  3. vmminerva says:

    Hi kajan. Welcome to my blog, It’s always very exciting to see a new reader. Do stick around.

    @Scorpicity. 🙂 Thus far it’s been good – other than occasional minor let-downs. Hope they keep up the good work, so that you won’t have to forgive me.

  4. meera says:

    i m from malaysia.i got hooked to this serial.saravanan is a very interesting charcter.very good looking n good sense of humour.but sad tosay that i m not able to watch the rest of d serial as tamilblood.com seems to have stopped updating.now i wish i never started watching.can u tell me where i can watch d continuing serials.d problem is i have told many frens n family to watch n they r cursing me coz its updates seem no more.

  5. vmminerva says:

    Hi meera. Nice to see a newbie. As for the episodes, try googling on Madurai serial. You will find a good number of sites hosting episodes.

    As for the story now, honestly it is quite boring. Saravanan is now engaged to Azhagi. Vel Murugan is ruling the story and Meenakshi is missing (on screen) for almost 2 weeks. I’m not as hooked on it as I used to be. Good luck finding episodes. Cheers!

  6. rasathi says:

    Hi,

    hey saravan has to wake up only then the serial will be interesting.

  7. Stratovarius says:

    Hi,

    Episodes are posted on a daily basis on a site called usertube.com

    Now and then the site is down for maintenance but otherwise a good source for watching Madurai.

    Cheers 🙂

  8. Jeevitha Rajendra says:

    Hi there,

    This is Jeevitha from Canada. Wow, this is one crazy and addictive serial, isn’t it? or rather shall I say some addictive cast members? I am a student, who has final exams coming up in a week, and I am currently very frustrated that I have become obsessed and drawn in so easily to the Saravanan (Mirchi Senthil) character in the Madurai drama. He is very handsome, especially because of the character he plays. It makes him more appealing. Do any of you know if there is any possible way to get into contact with any of the cast members to congratulate them, and of course to give a pat on the back to the writers, who are producing and directing an excellent series? But please do keep me updated with what is going on in the show, because I rent the episodes here in Canada, and it takes a while for it to be burned onto DVD’s, it’s hard to get a hold of all the epidsodes. I know most of the episodes are posted on the website, but sometimes they are not updated regularly. I would really love to send an e-mail to Mirchi Senthil and Sirija for their extremely, wonderful acting. I’m eagerly waiting for the next few DVD’s ^_^. Please post a reply.

    Jeevitha

  9. vmminerva says:

    Hi Jeevitha. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m afraid I don’t have any contact info of the cast members of the show. However, on the updates front you might try checking out the official Star Vijay site, they have a forum where folks post transcripts or summaries of the episodes. Good luck. Cheers.

  10. Jeevitha Rajendra says:

    Hi Vmminerva,

    Thanx for the prompt reply. I shall try that. I have watched until the 163rd episode on usertube.com. Do you know when the rest will be posted up? Or do you know of another site where I can continue to watch the show? Please do let me know. Thank you once again. Catch you later ^_^

    Jeevitha
    jeevithar@gmail.com

  11. vmminerva says:

    Jeevitha, No problem! Usertube has been the most updated that I have seen so far. There is another rajcinemas site that posts episodes (try googling on that). The downside with that is that download speeds are very slow and video files are quite large.

  12. nethra says:

    A very good family based story . The dialogues {the slang} in this are very nice to hear ,we feel like being in madurai for 30min .Everyone’s acting in this is very good.
    saravanan’s acting could be a bit energitic .Actually there is something missing in his way of presenting the diologues its incomplete.Other than that everything is good in him . SARAVANAN & ANBU LOOKS SMART. Saravanan’s dialogues and body language should be energitic ,a force is needed, emotions should be expressed very clearly. I want to watch the first episode of this serial

  13. vmminerva says:

    Welcome to my blog, Nethra. You’re right, some of the dialogues are quite remiscent of Madurai. But the warmth is missing in the story. You can check out the sites I had mentioned above to Jeevitha. You might find some old episodes there.

  14. SAT says:

    HI ,
    can any tell me the websites to get the lastest episode of madurai.

    Thanks,
    sat

  15. Nithya says:

    Hi,
    I’m from Madurai Itself. i’m very happy to see your comments about the serial ” Madurai” . the slang is very good in the episode, i know that very well , becoz this is my own place lang… i like saravanan(mirchi senthil) very much. most of the time he was wear glass thats why we are not able to abserve his reaction.
    i hope you are all vijay TV fans also.

    thanks

  16. aarthi says:

    but now alagi died due to saravaanan and meenatchi marriage

  17. Usha says:

    I have not seen Madurai much. But, the slang, environment reminds of the place.

  18. karthika says:

    hi i want the stills of mirchi senthil and meenaskhi and her family. i love that story very much

  19. leela says:

    hi,
    don’t see serials, but Madurai changed esp Senthil…Srija (Saravanan..Meenakshi).not u & me countless fans for this lovely pair..so many reasons r there…tried to get stills of them,couldn’t..if u get pl post to my id,i’ll surely post to ur’s if i get…ok
    s.leela20@yahoo.com

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