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by : Behindwoods review board
Sundar C, Vadivelu, Anuya
C must have missed direction during his
hiatus that he put to use to carve a niche
for himself in masala movies as a lead
man. What with the gap (in direction),
Sundar also seems to have drifted away
from his comedy-action entertainer franchisee
to get experimental with Nagaram.
As a result, Nagaram is a gritty tale of a man whose
frightful past as a henchman wrecks his intention
to lead a normal life inordinately. It’s also
a tale of betrayal in friendship, greedy and corrupt
cops, how ugly rivalry in illegal business could get
and how ghosts from the past are capable of wreaking
havoc in a man’s life despite his willingness
to lead a normal life.
The movie opens with Sundar C being stabbed in the
Chennai Central Station whilst trying to flee from
the city with his fiancée Anuya and their baby.
It opens up in flashes as Sundar, the protagonist,
recounts his experiences in the city and what pushes
him to take the decision to quit trying to lead a
normal life and run away from it.
Sundar C and Bose Venkat are best friends. Like good
old best friends in Tamil movies, one ends up in jail
as a petty criminal while the other lands up in a
cop-job. Turns out the petty criminal (Sundar) has
the heart of gold and the cop (Bose) is crooked as
hell. In effect, after Sundar’s release from
the prison, Bose, the cop, uses him for his heinous
and unlawful activities including drug trafficking.
Sundar loves his friend and is naïve enough to
fulfill those deeds for the sake of friendship, mainly
because he thinks his friend would not bring him any
But soon enough, all is not well in the drug trafficking
business. One of the business dealings go awry and
Bose crosses paths with another dreadful criminal
and makes do with his crores-worth narcotics. He doesn’t
have the nerve to part with the booty that is worth
crores of rupees and tricks Sundar C into believing
that what he did was right. Things take an ugly turn
with another cop double crossing Bose and making Sundar
realize that he was being used. The betrayed Sundar
is dejected and decides to leave the city with his
girlfriend but the ghost of his past follows him.
Characteristically, Sundar is unpretentious in his
intentions. While choosing a story of a wronged man
wanting to lead a normal life, he hasn’t compromised
on the commercial aspects of the movie. No matter
how serious the narrative gets, there is Vadivelu
with his howler antics to lighten up the proceedings
with his often lewd dialogues delivering it with funny
intonations. Of course his fans are going to love
it. After all, it’s been a while since Vadivelu
has had a field day and this might just be one.
That apart, Sundar, Bose Venkat and the other characters
of the movie form layers of the narrative blending
with its flow. Other than their neat performances,
the takeaway is the unassuming and pretty Anuya who
seems to have decided to shed a few layers of her
costume for the benefit of her career (or her fans
as the case may be). Taman’s music reminds us
of the prodigy he is, in a couple of songs (one of
which has Anuya soaked wet in rain).
Sundar has managed to pack a punch with the narrative
style of the movie and the climax tugs at your heart.
Besides, he has also diversified from his style of
movie making to take up a serious subject of friendship
and betrayal. On the whole, but for a few glitches
here and there, Nagaram is not bad a watch.
Verdict: This city is gritty!
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