Naiyandi (2013) Film Review

Director: A. Sarkunam
Casts: Dhanush, Nazriya
Music: Ghibran
Language: Tamil
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Dhanush have been on a terrific form this year sweeping critical acclaim universally for his performances not only at Kollywood but across the region. On the other end, Sarkunam who is known for his simple yet brilliant story lines (Vaagai Sooda Vaa & Kalavani), have crafted a commercialized family comedy this time according sources. So what do these two National Award winners have to offer?

As treaded in many love flicks, against all odds, Chinavandu (Dhanush) succeeds in eloping with Vanna Roja (Nazriya) and resides her in his house in the name of an accountant for his shop. However, hell breaks loose when his unmarried brothers fall in love with Vanna Roja not knowing that she is their own brother’s wife.

Story – Screenplay
Complexity in comedy has always worked provided it has a gripping pace of events to accompany it. However, Naiyandi seriously misses the latter falling in deep with its lame scenarios and dialogues.  Inspired from a 1993 Malayalam film, ‘Melamparambil Aanveedu’, Naiyandi certainly looks stuck in time with its jaded look right from the animated title card at the start.

Surprisingly the first half of the film stays stagnant and the intended comidic situations fall flat despite the promising supporting cast ensemble. On top of that Dhanush’s exaggerated introduction scene becomes a major turn off and sadly from then, the film fails to pick up its momentum even at the interval. The emotional graph of the film does not accelerate at any moment and finishes off with one of the dreariest climax seen in recent times.

On the bright side, the episodes of Sathyan and Sriman wooing Nazriya, do evoke a few laughter here and there. As usual, Dhanush sparkles with confidence at each scene and his excellent charisma might be the only gripping factor in this lackluster.

Casting & Performance
Dhanush and Nazriya are the only saving grace as they come up with a confident, charismatic performance that engages us to a certain extent.

Even though Naiyandi boasts with many talented actors, due to the lifeless screenplay, their presence fail to shine as intended. However, Sriman and Sathayan’s combination does work at certain parts.  

Technically, Naiyandi looks amateurish thanks to the 90s visual look it carries throughout. It is greatly shocking to read Velraj’s name in the credits, as the film does not even carry half of his brilliance in the film.

The editing of Raja Mohamad looks disjointed at times where scenes cut abruptly at times.

Last but not the least is Ghibran’s music. After giving a magnificent album in his previous outing, Vagai Sooda Vaa, he disappoints here tremendously as none of the song sits in mind. In addition the abrupt song placements further diminish the value of the whole album.

In overall, the tacky technical value does nothing in aiding Naiyandi from drowning from its messy screenplay.

Naiyaandi is nothing but a damp squib that looks out of place at all aspects.

Verdict: Wrong time, wrong place
Rating:  1.5/5


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