Lakshmikanthan (KS Ravikumar), a theater artist enjoying his retirement life, is a happy man now that his long dream of owning a home has come true. As someone who has seen his father’s struggles without owning a home, he is very attached to the newly built home and shares the same with his daughter, son, and daughter-in-law. But little did he know that his happiness would be short-lived.
One day, thugs working for Senapathi (Mime Gopi), a feared local politician, paint his party’s symbol on the wall of Lakshmikanthan’s house. By complaining to the nearby deputy inspector (Srinath), an annoyed Sena uses his influence and ensures that the power supply to Lakshmi’s house is cut off. Lakshmi’s friends restore the power supply in an unlikely but partly pleasant scene, and this irritates Sena again. He, in return, destroys the wall of his house, after which they both declare war on each other. Lakshmi is a middle-class common man with hardly any influence, while Sena, on the other hand, is close to being chosen by his party as the MLA candidate. Who will suffer the most in the fight?
The small but nice plot has been decently developed by Jawahar with a serious performance by KS Ravikumar. We feel sorry for him in some scenes, thanks to the emotional connection to the role and the necessary subtlety with which he has acted in those episodes. The role of a rebel politician is a piece of cake for Gopi, as he has accomplished similar roles before. The confrontation between the two characters is interesting at first, but fades as the story progresses.
That the protagonist turns to social networks to highlight his personal problem and become an overnight star among the public is a dead thing in the movies. Some scenes with Kathadi Ramamoorthy, Swaminathan, and Madhumitha provide some laughs, but they’re not as fun as they should be. The film also leaves a message to viewers that it is effective only in parts. The characters, apart from the protagonist and the antagonist, are not highly developed so the audience cannot connect emotionally with them. With a runtime of less than two hours, Mathil is an acceptable movie with some interesting scenes that shed light on a social issue.