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NAGAM MOVIE REVIEW
by : Behindwoods review board
S A Rajkumar
Bharath Cine Media
So what if Mallika Sherawat’s Hisss
is taking forever to release (in India
and otherwise), we are allowed to have
desi versions of the same snake-revenge
story. Just don’t expect the same
production values. And who better than
bombshell Mumaith Khan to do the honors?
Pournami Nagam is the revival of those
we have seen two decades ago.
only difference this time is the aide of cheesy computer
graphics to make the movie look tech savvy; every
single object transmogrifies into snake(s). And of
course, with the presence of the namesake item dancer,
there are enough instances for her fans to rejoice.
Those moments come in the form of her item numbers,
camouflaged in the name of snake dances. We are not
It’s a rainy night and Nizhalgal Ravi’s
wife, who is in labor, is being driven to the hospital
through the middle of a jungle. Ravi finds an abandoned
temple and stops the car. Divine intervention happens
and a snake emerges to ring the temple’s bells
to usher in the villagers for help. Thus, with the
help of the snake, Mumaith Khan is born with a birth
mark of that of a snake.
On the other side of the story, Nalini performs a
yaga to obtain a precious stone that is supposedly
born out of union between two cobras. Her gang manages
to shoot one cobra and seize a stone but the other
stone could not be captured since the second cobra
escapes unhurt. She unleashes fury by using Mumaith
as a medium and wreaks havoc in the lives of the evil
men who are after the supposedly powerful stone.
The story is quite rundown and albeit falling in the
fantasy genre fails to convince the viewer, or rather
makes the viewer forget the fact that the plot is
ridden with loopholes and devoid of any clever twists.
And the computer graphics do not stun, nor are they
very substandard; especially the one in which a road
is seen transmogrifying into hundreds of snakes. Few
of those scenes and Mumaith Khan are the pluses of
the movie that otherwise turns just plain predictable.
So watch it if you must, but for Mumaith alone. She
doesn’t let down her fans; there are a couple
of her dances. She is at her gyrating best in those
songs and does not give her fans the guilt of their
lives for having spent money on the tickets to see
her in a full-length feature film.
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