‘Live this very moment to the fullest’ is the ideology of the protagonist in the film. Siddharth is appearing in a Tamil film after a long hiatus of seven years. The movie is mainly targeted at the multiplex audience who would love to see a stylish film sans any blood or violence on screen.
The story starts with Ajay (Siddharth) travelling to Kasi to perform rituals and he renames himself as Mano. Then, he moves to Chennai and hunts for a rental house. He finds a house owned by a couple (Mouli and Geetha) and pays the entire rent for his stay of 6 months in advance. He is happy to roam around with street kids and enjoys every moment of his life. Vidhya (Nithya Menen) is a photo journalist and is instantly attracted by his unique behavior. But, when Vidhya proposes to him, he decides to leave the city. As fate would have it, Vidhya meets with an accident and he takes her to United States for treatment. Soon, it is known that Ajay had loved and married a girl Renuka (Priya Anand) in United States and he had to leave her and fly to India for a heart-breaking reason.
Siddharth is ravishing in the role of Ajay and does every single scene with conviction. He has carried the entire film on his shoulders with his effortless and stylish performance. Nithya Menon is convincing in the role of a photo journalist while Priya Anand has acted really well in emotional scenes.
Debutant director Jayendra has ensured that he has not deviated from his script anywhere in the film in order to include commercial aspects for the film. The song ‘Rules Kidaiyadhu’ needs a special mention here as it is shot beautifully in ultra-slow motion using a Phantom Flex camera. The director must be lauded for coming out with this innovative idea in order to reiterate the fact that the protagonist ‘lives every moment of his life.’ Sharreth’s music score is a major plus point for the film and the songs are really fresh and appealing. Balasubramaniem’s cinematography is astounding and he has captured the rich visuals in Chennai and United States aesthetically.
Nootrenbadhu (180) may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it is one of the rarely made films that have style and substance in the right proportion.
Sai Shyam G