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Nanjupuram Movie review
Snakes always have an important role in Tamil cinema; among them, the popular of all is the Kamal-Sripriya starrer Neeya. And now, we have Charles’s Nanjupuram, starring Raghav and Monica, which has a storyline similar to Neeya and Naane Varuven. The film, distributed by Sri Thenandal Films, has dialogues by Magudeswaran and cinematography by Anthony.
Nanjupuram, a snake-infested village, is the home for many dreadful snakes and the villagers never take any action to eradicate them since they are considered very sacred. The villagers also have another belief; it’s ok to kill a snake but never leave it injured. They also believe that the injured snake will come back to take its revenge in 40 days.
In the same village we have Velu (Raaghav), the only son of the village’s big shot. He falls in love with a lower caste girl Malar (Monica). At this point, Velu commits a mistake; he attacks a snake to save Malar but fails to kill it. Velu’s parents, after consulting the pundits, decides to accomodate Velu in a specially built hut (a small hut built on the top of four long logs) for 40 days to protect him from snake attack. In the meantime, Velu’s parents finds out about his love affair and arrange Malar’s marriage! Now it’s a choice between love and life for Velu!
In Nanjupuram, Raaghav scores both as an actor and music director. He has put lots of efforts in the film which is quite evident on screen. Raghaav, who had composed music for one song of Ae nee..... has also composed the music. Apart from all these, Raaghav has also rendered two songs in the film. Monica looks convincing as a simple village girl and her emotions are perfect. Thambi Ramayya excels as a crooked village president and the rest of the cast have done their part well.
The biggest drawback of the film is its screenplay. You can find some jerks in the screenplay and a confused flashback. Nanjupuram would have been an interesting entertainer, if the director has managed to give a racy screenplay!
Reviewed by Ambili S.