Maan Karate (English: Deer Karate) is a 2014 Indian Tamil-language romantic comedy film co written and directed by Thirukumaran. The film was written and co-produced by AR Murugadoss and produced by P. Madhan under banner of Escape Artists Motion Pictures. It stars Sivakarthikeyan, Hansika Motwani, Vamsi Krishna and Sathish. soundtrack and background score composed by Anirudh Ravichander, cinematography handled by M. Sukumar, editing by Sreekar Prasad, production designed by A. R. Mohan and stunt choreographed by Dhilip Subbarayan.
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Five IT employees, Sandy (Sathish), Joe (Rajesh Gopalan), Gokul (Vinu Karthik), Vaishnavi (Preethi Shankar) and Nikita (Ashwathy Ravikumar), meet a siddhar who has the power to grant wishes to those who request them, during a weekend trip to the Chandragiri forest. Sandy, who is sceptical about the siddhar's powers, asks him for a copy of the Daily Thanthi newspaper dated on the day after Ayudha Puja (no newspapers are printed during Ayudha Puja). To his surprise, the siddhar materialises the requested copy. The IT gang read the materialised newspaper and find out to their shock that the company which they work for (Satyam Computers) would close down the next day. When this does happen, they accept the credibility of the newspaper and decide to make money through it. While Nikita is reading the paper, she sees an article where one Peter who stays in Royapuram wins a boxing tournament on the day of Ayudha Puja and dedicates the prize money of INR2,00,00,000 to the five of them. The IT gang is astounded on reading this news and decide to find this Peter and sponsor him for the boxing tournament, with the hope of getting INR2,00,00,000, despite eventually finding out from the boxing association that the cash prize for the tournament champion is only INR1,00,000.
The IT gang successfully manages to track down Peter (Sivakarthikeyan), but immediately find out that he is not a boxer, but an unambitious youth who just spends his time drinking and roaming around with his best friend Neruppu Kumar (Arunraja Kamaraj). However, he is in love with a young woman Yazhini Sethuraman (Hansika Motwani), who is a sports buff. To impress Yazhini, he accepts their offer to participate in the tournament. However, Peter does not show any inclination to train for the tournament, instead he uses the IT gang to fulfil his own desires, including winning Yazhini's heart, much to their chagrin. Later, the IT gang find out that there is another boxer named Peter (Vamsi Krishna) who also resides in Royapuram like the Peter they are sponsoring, but is a champion boxer who is even nicknamed as "Peter the Killer" as he had killed several opponents in the ring. Thinking that they are sponsoring the wrong Peter, the IT gang approach "Killer" Peter and offer to sponsor him, but he refuses. They reluctantly decide to continue sponsoring the Peter they are currently sponsoring.
Soon the boxing tournament starts and Peter somehow manages to win all the preliminary matches by fluke, by using a technique wherein he uses his nimble and agile body to escape being hit by his stronger and more experienced opponents, eventually causing them to inadvertently get disqualified or knocked out. The media give a name for his technique: "Maan Karate", which in English means, "Deer Karate". Peter soon becomes known as "Maan Karate" Peter (to distinguish from "Killer" Peter) and becomes an Internet sensation overnight, winning a lot of fans. Due to Peter's rising popularity, the prize money is raised from INR1,00,000 to INR2,00,00,000, which excites the IT gang, who now feel that their dreams will come true with the Peter they are sponsoring after all.
Eventually, Peter enters the final of the tournament, where he is to face "Killer" Peter. He becomes upset at this development, fearing that he might be killed by "Killer" Peter due to his lack of boxing skill. He tries to avoid fighting in the final through various means, none of which are successful. In a last-ditch attempt, he tries to convince "Killer" Peter to "throw" the match so that he could win and impress Yazhini, but is verbally abused and physically assaulted by him in response. Hurt at the treatment which "Killer" Peter meted out to him, Peter begins to train hard for the final with the sole purpose of defeating "Killer" Peter. Meanwhile, unknown to him, the IT gang defect to "Killer" Peter's side after being offered INR75,00,000 by "Killer" Peter's father-in-law Fernando (Ravi Prakash), despite Nikita's reservations.
The final takes place on the day of Ayudha Puja. "Killer" Peter immediately gains the upper hand, pummelling Peter with heavy blows. However, Peter is not daunted and continues to put up a brave fight, but is severely weakened and is soon on the verge of being knocked out. A teary-eyed Yazhini, who has found out from Nikita that Peter is not a boxer, tries to convince him to call off the fight, but he refuses. Peter manages to fight back, eventually knocking out "Killer" Peter, causing a major upset. Peter wins the boxing tournament and dedicates the prize money of INR2,00,00,000 to the astounded IT gang, oblivious to their treachery, but they deny the offer. He also publicly conveys his love to a sobbing Yazhini, who is relieved that he has survived.
The movie ends with a display of a portion of the newspaper the siddhar had materialised torn by Nikita and left at the Chandragiri forest several months ago. The portion shows a photo of Peter lifting the boxing tournament trophy.
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- Sivakarthikeyan as 'Maan Karate' Peter, roadside boy later become an entertainer boxer with the help of a team
- Hansika Motwani as Yazhini Sethuraman, Peter's love interest
- Vamsi Krishna as 'Killer' Peter, professional boxer
- Sayaji Shinde as Kalaimamani Sethuraman, Yazhini's father and Tamil Teacher
- Sathish as Sandy
- Shaji Chen as Peter's Coach
- Preethi Shankar as Vaishnavi
- Ashwathy Ravikumar as Nikitha
- Ravi Prakash as Fernando, Killer Peter's father-in-law
- Soori as Tiger Tyson, Referee for the entertaint boxing matches (cameo apperarance)
- Swaminathan as Doctor
- Vikramadithyan as Siddhar
- Arunraja Kamaraj as Neruppu Kumar, Peter's friend
- Rajesh Gopalan as Joe
- Vinu Karthik as Gokul
- Yogi Babu as Vavvaal, competitor for Peter to married Yazhini
- Tejaswini as Nancy, Killer Peter's wife
- Rajkumar as Lift Guy
- Baba Bhaskar (special appearance in the song "Royapuram Peter")
- AR Murugadoss (special appearance in the song "Open the Tasmac")
- Anirudh Ravichander as Himself(special appearance in the song "Open the Tasmac")
A pooja for the launch of the film took place on 10 July followed by a press meet. The film was shot in Chennai, Bangalore and Athirappilly during the first schedule and a couple of songs were shot at Malta. Hansika started shooting for her portions first while Siva Karthikeyan joined the team from the first week of August.
The film was named after a dialogue spoken by Dhamu in Gemini (2002), where he explains that Maan Karate means nothing more than how a deer runs away when in danger.
Soundtrack for the film was composed by Anirudh Ravichander scoring for the second Sivakarthikeyan film after Ethir Neechal (2013). The audio was launched at Sathyam Cinemas (Chennai) on 16 March 2014. Behindwoods rated the album 3.25/5 stating "Hit machine Anirudh delivers one more with his signature sound".
The satellite rights of the film were sold to STAR Vijay. A teaser was released on Valentine's Day. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board. The film released on 4 April 2014. The film released in 650 screens worldwide which is the biggest release in Sivakarthikeyan's career.
Maan Karate received mixed reviews from critics but positive talk from the public due to its comedy. Baradwaj Rangan of The Hindu, wrote, "Sivakarthikeyan, the likeable boy next door, has transformed into Sivakarthikeyan, the big star -- and Maan Karate is less a film than a ticker-tape celebration of this reality...This isn't about Maan Karate or even about boxing. It's about the cult of the star. And as is the case with these movies, some two hours go by during which nothing seems to be at stake. And then we get the last half-hour, soaked in melodramatic sentiment, where everything seems to be at stake".The Times of India gave the film 2.5/5, wrote, "Maan Karate is nothing but a showcase for Sivakarthikeyan...[the film] dispenses with any form of logic, and wants us to take it as it is, no questions asked. The story, by director AR Murugadoss, is a mix of fantasy and romance, but Thirukumaran's script is underdeveloped". Hindustan Times gave it 2/5 and wrote, "Maan Karate has an interesting plot, but the way it is scripted and narrated is illogical...the movie drags you along in its sometimes strong, sometimes weak currents, interspersed with the silliest of songs and the dumbest of dances". IANS gave it 2/5 and wrote, "While the makers present the film as an out-and-out commercial entertainer and that's what it is, you still find Maan Karate meaningless because debutant Thirukumaran only tried to do justice to the hero's image by compromising on the plot. He also takes the audience for granted and gives them a film under the assumption that they will embrace it because it has been written by Murugadoss". Rediff gave the film 2/5 and wrote, "Maan Karate is a letdown by uninspiring direction". The New Indian Express wrote, "With a watchable first half and a disappointing second half, Maan Karate is an average entertainer". Behindwoods gave 2.75/5 and concluded that the film is "Siva Karthikeyan's entertainer to beat the summer heat". Deccan Chronicle gave 2.5/5 and summarised that, "For Sivakarthikeyan and Hansika fans, this movie will prove to be decent entertainer, if not a blockbuster.". Sify stated that the film is "On the whole, a perfect summer outing with your family.". Siddarth Srinivas of Cinemalead gave 2.5/5 and concluded, "This boxer packs a punch which is half as powerful.". Indiaglitz wrote, "Barring the boxing sequences, a good watch!" and rated the movie 2.75/5. Bharath Vijaykumar of Moviecrow gave 2.25/5 and concluded, "Maan Karate is not as smart as the title suggests.". OneIndia gave 2.5/5 and concluded, "Maan Karate is for Sivakarthikeyan and Hansika Motwani's fans.".
The film opened to great response by collecting INR4.1 crore (US$640,000) in its first day which is the biggest opening for Sivakarthikeyan till Kaaki Sattai release.The film saw a huge drop in its second day by collecting INR3 crore (US$470,000) and on third day it collected INR3.5 crore (US$540,000).Over its first weekend,the film made total around INR10.83 crore (US$1.7 million) worldwide. On chennai, the film collected INR1.41 crore (US$220,000) which is the biggest opening in 2014 Chennai box office by beating Jilla and Veeram.
It was remade in Telugu with the title Tuntari was directed by Kumar Nagendra and produced by Ashok and Nagarjun on Sri Keerthi Films. Starring Nara Rohit and Latha Hegde are playing the lead roles.The film is said to be a remake of Tamil film Maan Karate.
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