Naan Ee (2012)

Director: S.S. Rajamouli
Casts: Nani, Sudeep, Samantha, Santhanam
Music: M.M. Keeravani
Language: Tamil
Genre: Socio-Fantasy

‘Naan Ee’. The title itself reflects innovation and evokes curiosity. The man who created blockbuster hits in Telugu like Magadheera (Maaveeran in Tamil) and Vikramarkudu (Original Siruthai) comes up up with another imaginative content. Naan Ee, which garnered good pre-talks and aggressive marketing, raised its expectation bar, sky high. So does this ‘Ee’ (means housefly in Tamil) managed to sit on our hearts?

From the trailer itself, many would have figured out the story. Yes, it is a story of how a young man, Nani (Nani) recarnates into a housefly after getting killed by the rich womaniser, Sudeep, having an evil intention to get Bindu (Samantha). How does Nani as Ee proves his identity and saves Bindu forms the crux of the story.

It might sound predictable and amateurish, hearing at instance, but from the trailer one could have derived that, S.S.Rajamouli’s aim is to create a high entertaining fantasy and he have passed with flying colours by crafting ‘Naan Ee’. The film from the first scene flows with a rapid pace. The introduction scene of Sudeep clearly identifies his character whereas; the short and sweet love track with Nani and Samantha gives a softer tone to the film. After the housefly element gets introduced, the film picks up with momentum and excitement throughout. The main factor of Naan Ee is the portrayal of the housefly in a convincing way.  Neither it looks real nor fake, but dwells in between, giving the audience an enthralling experience. S.S.Rajamouli has sustained the excitement very well with writing many interesting ways a housefly can be a threat to a human. 

Crazy Mohan’s dialogue certainly sparkles with brilliance and maiden touch.

The casting is one of the strongest factors of ‘Naan Ee’. Firstly is Sudeep who steals the show with his versatility of emotions. After a very long time, it is a delight to see a promising villain who carries the film on his shoulder. It has to be something special as even legendary actor Rajini have said that Sudeep have stolen his title of best villain from him with this film. Even though the protagonist, Nani, appears only for 30 minutes in the film, surprisingly his presence is not missed, thanks to the high romantic impact he have created at the first half. Samantha looks matured, sensible and has done her role relatively well. 

Lastly, Santhanam appearing in a guest role brings the roof down at the very intro scene of him with just his expressions. Other casts also have done a neat job and S.S. Rajamouli’s vision of the fly is remarkable. Giving examples might be a spoiler therefore, it should be watched to feel the full experience.

Technically, ‘Naan Ee’ is sound and sensible. For a fantasy film, collating a good technical team is essential and S.S. Rajamouli has already proved his calibre in it in his previous flicks. In my opinion, ‘Naan Ee’ is his best technical film till date. K.K. Senthilkumar’s cinematography is simply remarkable and his fast movements and surrealistic camera angles paint the frame with magical touch. Editor Venkateshvara Rao also keeps his cut crisp which intensifies the proceedings. The visual effects are a major boost and to Indian standard, it is simply astonishing. The fly’s character design, texture and movements are convincing.   

Last but not the least is M.M. Keeravani’s music. Be it the melodies in the first half or the rock song at the second, he boosts with energy. His background score also further elevates the hair rising action scenes at the end. In overall, S.S.Rajamouli has worked very hard in every department to bring out his vision accurately.

In conclusion, ‘Naan Ee’ is certainly a milestone for Indian cinema, technically. Probably, this might be the only time; we sympathise, idolize and love a fly.

Verdict: A lovable fly

Rating: 4/5       


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