Naiyaandi Review (2013)
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After proving his mettle as a powerhouse performer with some intense roles, Dhanush gets back to the lighter genre with Naiyaandi, under director Sargunam.
The movie opens in a village in the surroundings of Kumbakonam with an animated sequence introducing Chinna Vandu's (Dhanush) lovelorn elder brothers Sriman and Sathyan. At the village carnival, Chinna Vandu sees Vana Roja (Nazriya) and it's love at first sight for him. Chinna Vandu with his gang of pals (Soori, Imman Annachi, Sathish and others) tries and tries again to woo Vana Roja. But this is not an easy task as his brothers want her to fall for them and do everything they can to woo her themselves and then there is the bad guy who has his sights set on Vana Roja as well. In spite of all the obstacles, Chinna Vandu finally gets her to fall for him. After they get together, Vana Roja breaks her promise to her father and takes off with Chinna Vandu. With another animated sequence at the interval block, the story stands interestingly poised at the interval block. The melee that ensues is the rest of the story. Head over to the theatres to get more of Dhanush and Sargunam's Naiyaandi...
For an actor of Dhanush's calibre his role in Naiyaandi seems to be a cake-walk though a lot more is expected of him. After all the buzz surrounding the movie to be a comic family entertainer, there might be a few misgivings with the audience. The comedy is present in bits and pieces but fails to carry on through the movie. With National Award winning director Sargunam at the helm, a lot is sure to be expected... In a deviation from his performance and script oriented ventures, the director has taken the much travelled commercial route. The second half of the movie more than lives up to the expectations placed on it, and the comic relief is very much visible.
Dhanush breezes through his role and Nazriya has essayed another noteworthy performance. Soori is in his element in a rustic getup and with Imman Annachi by his side, the duo tickle the funny-bone with Dhanush playing his part as well. The star cast boasts a lot of veterans including Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, Meera Krishnan, Saranya Ponvannan, Pyramid Natarajan and others. Krishna Vamsi as the baddie is convincing. Sriman and Sathyan give out notable performances too.
One of the pleasing elements of this movie is Velraj's cinematography. The first half literally gives off a feel of watching a movie from a decade gone past. Ghibran has scored the music and he has used an interesting blend of classical and contemporary instruments to give the viewers a unique listening experience. Director Sargunam ensures that there is no shortage of sequences for the whole family to watch together.
With a star studded cast and a highly acclaimed technical team Naiyaandi is a movie that surely warrants a watch.
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