Naiyaandi is a 2013 Indian Tamil comedy film written and directed by Sargunam.
The film features Dhanush and Nazriya Nazim in the lead roles. The plot focuses on a love story between a Kuthu Vilakku (lamp) shop owner and a BDS student.
Directed by Sargunam
Produced by S. Kathiresan
Written by Sargunam
Star Cast: Dhanush as Chinna Vandu, Nazriya Nazim as Vanaroja, Vamsi Krishna, Soori, Sriman, Sathyan, Ashvin Raja, Pyramid Natrajan, Sabari Ashok, Sachu, Singampuli, Imman Annachi
Editing: Raja Mohammed
Studio: Five Star Films
The expectations on Dhanush‘s ‘Naiyandi‘ were higher as it brought together the two national award winners – Dhanush and Sargunam.
The last minute controversy created by Nazriya Nazim further increased the buzz among the audience. Has the movie lived up to it buzz?
The movie is inspired from Malayalam film Meleparambil Aanveedu, which released in 1993. Chinna Vandu (Dhanush) is head over heels in love with Vanaroja (Nazriya Nazim) and tries to woo her along with his gang of friends. According to the Tamil cinema tradition, Vanaroja also slowly falls for him. Chinna Vandu’s brothers (played by Sriman and Sathyan) are still unmarried, which makes Chinna Vandu hesitant to tell his parents about his love. There is also a very cliched villain, who is behind Vanaroja. No prizes for guessing the climax!
Dhanush might have wanted to try his hands in comedy after doing a string of intense roles. But, how did he choose such a weak script? The script does not give him any scope for acting. Gone are the days when Dhanush was accepted in mediocre roles. He has grown up to such heights, where people expect him to outdo his previous film’s role.
Nazriya Nazim looks bubbly as ever and she tries to save the movie with her cute expressions, but in vain. Sathish, Imman Annachi and Soori play Dhanush‘s friends and they look like mere fillers. Sriman and Sathyan play Dhanush‘s brothers and they do not help the proceedings either. There are many other characters in the movie, but none of them ignite the movie’s screenplay.
Ghibran‘s songs are jarring and the background score is nothing to rave about too. At few places, the background score is replaced by old songs, which also happened in Ghibran’s ‘Kutti Puli’. Velraj’s camera work looks unplanned at many places. The song sequences look unaesthetic, despite being shot at exotic foreign locations. Overall, the technical department has also let down the film.
Direction – Sargunam
Sargunam is not new to comedy genre. His debut film ‘Kalavani‘ was a runaway hit, while his ‘Vaagai Sooda Vaa‘ had its share of comedy. But, one would have to think if it was a wise decision to remake a film that had released two decades ago. The movie never engages you from the very beginning. Dhanush jumping from one tree to another and crossing over a huge well are examples of scenes that are downright silly.
Involving too many characters without giving them their share of weightage is also a negative aspect of the film. Too many friends around Dhanush without nothing interesting happening on the screens is little irritating.
‘Naiyandi‘ is the least you would have expected from the team of two national award winners. What the movie does best is mock at its own characters.