Naiyandi review

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.

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Movie: Naiyandi
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
Music: Ghibran
Cinematography: Velraj
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?

Plot

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!

Performances

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.

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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.

Technicalities

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.

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Bottomline

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.

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Comments

  1. Agalya SS says

    When Dhanush joined the 1OO-Cr club with Raanjhanaa, we were pretty sure that he is the next-gen actor to proudly look upon. Of course, his following film Maryan might have not performed well in box office, but he carried applause and tremendous appreciation for his spellbinding performance. Now he arrives with a much rural show to impress the down south fans. Produced by Kathiresan and directed by Sargunam, the film stars Nazriya Nazim in female lead with Sriman, Sathyan and Soori in important roles.

    The film settles with a much yesteryear stories, much incisively based on a famous Malayalam movie that starred Mohanlal and Shobana in lead roles.

    Set in backdrops of Kumbakkonam, the film is about a family of unmarried bachelor brothers – elder one (Sriman), Sathyan followed by young Dhanush. Their parents struggle them to get married and Dhanush in contrast ties the wedding knot with Nazriya. While no one knows about this event, he brings her into his house as a helper for his dad (Pyramid Natarajan) with some plans. But what turns out to be a bizarre is when his elder brothers start eyeing on her.

    It’s completely disappointing as Sargnunam fails to deliver an engaging show. The story is too stereotypical and the dull writing keeps us distracted throughout the film. One would really wonder what’s Dhanush doing in this film. He has no zone to establish his proficiency and so for Nazriya. It’s only Sriman who manages to keep you in passable laughter with his portions. While Sathyan tries to tickle our funny bones, Soori does it to a limited extent. The background and scores from Ghibran is so much disappointing. The young musician had kept us awestricken with his maiden debut Vaagai Sooda Vaa and hasn’t achieved at least half its spell.

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