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NANDHI MOVIE REVIEW
by : Behindwoods review board
Akhil, Baby Sanusha, Poonam Kaur, Sana
D Dhinish Karthik
directed by Thamizhvaanan stars Kallori
fame Akhil and Sanusha and has confidently
released along with the biggie Payanam
which is appreciable; this confidence
of the director and producer had us expecting
to see something novel.
The film’s title suggests that a
cow might have something important to
do in the film. Yes, it does
a part to play, but nothing of great significance,
just an excuse for the director to make the hero and
heroine cross paths for love to eventually blossom.
in rural Tamil Nadu (which no longer remains a novelty),
Nandhi traces the love story of a typical village
couple as it goes through all the ups and downs that
one associates with falling in love. The ups and downs
that the couple faces are not the routine parent-society-wealth-status-caste
issues that occur and recur so often in Tamil cinema.
For a change, the parents are happy and willingly
consent the couple’s love and there is no ‘nattamai’
to stand in the way of smooth progress. Trouble comes
in the form of another person who just can’t
stand the thought of a girl from his village being
married to a boy from the neighbouring village. Does
he succeed in throwing a spanner in the works?
Understanding the evergreen appeal of the emotion
love, a film based on that always stands a chance
with the audience and the team of Nandhi seems to
have banked on this while making their film. While
it is a good thing that a lot of the predictability
is removed director Thamizhvaanan should have taken
enough care to ensure that the alternate hurdle that
he had envisaged for the love story had enough credibility
to carry the film on its shoulders. It is in this
aspect that he has failed big time. There is neither
proper reason nor explanation given to the antagonists
fuming anger towards the couple in love. Further,
it is illogical as to how just one person is able
to stand up so strongly against the couple (who have
the whole village backing them) and not be spoken
against. All this lands a big blow to the central
plot and weakens the movie. The love story does not
captivate you; it looks just like one of many village-side
romances we have seen over the past couple of years.
The director has also tried to infuse a bit of comedy
here and there through Singampuli, but that too leaves
a feeble impact.
Performances always depend on the scope offered by
the script and so there is nothing great to write
home about. Akhil is still looking for an opportunity
that will do justice to the potential that was unearthed
by Balaji Shakthivel in Kalloori. Sanusha is starting
to look more like a heroine than a child artiste,
but still has a long way to go. There are very few
other faces in the cast that stay in your mind.
The technical aspects too do not go far above the
standards of the central plot. Bharadwaj’s music
tries to salvage some points for the movie, but overall
gives you a feeling of déjà vu. Camera
strictly captures the images and does nothing more
impressive. Only the stunts translate some energy
onto the screen.
Nandhi is just another village love story that does
not stand out for any of its aspects. Overall, there
is a feel of shoddy treatment and lackadaisical handling
of the entire film making process, without an eye
for detail. The end product is one that will not stay
in your minds for any length of time.
Verdict: Making up the numbers!