Nedunchalai Review

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Review by : Suresh
Aari, Sashivada, Salim Kumar, Prashant Narayanan, Thambi Ramaiya, Swetha Nair

Remember director Krishna. He made a grand debut directing Suriya and Jyothika for their blast outing together in Sillunu Oru Kadhal. The romantic tale was followed by their wedding. An average outing meant Krishna take a breather to come up with Nedunchalai, a different tale on big screen.

Strikingly different from his earlier venture which was urban-centric, Nedunchalai is all but a rustic rural tale. Aaari plays the lead and the young actor who was part of city-centric films so far takes to Paruthiveeran kind of film.

Adding might to the film is National award winning actor Salim and Bollywood star Prashant Narayanan playing who play important roles. Malayalee girl Sashivada, introduced by director Fazil, plays the heroine. Making a period film is no easy task. And that too something set in 1980s is a big challenge.

Krishna manages to recreate the ambiance well. But the point is shades of several films including Paruthiveeran could not be avoided. Tharpai Murugan (Aari). An orphan is brought up by a poor man in a village. His father's death forces him to take up robbery. He becomes a skilled highway robber, who is good at stealing container lorries that play pass Periyakulam.

He sells them to one Keralakaran (Salim), who sells them across border. There comes a corrupt police officer to Periyakulam station - Masanamuthu (Prashant Narayanan). He along with Salim forces Aari to problems. Manga (Sashivada) runs dhaba at the highway. After initial wranglings, she becomes Murugan's girl. They love each other. But trouble erupts when Masanamuthu eyes Manga and he develops war with Murugan.

What happens when Murugan tries to reform forms the rest. Aari plays his part well. Wonderful from the word go, he has got under the skin to perform to his abilities. But he reminds of Karthi in Parutrhiveeran at places. Shivada is the scene-stealer.

The bubbly actress is expressive and emotions comes naturally to her. Salim proves why he was presented with National award for best actor. Prashanth oozes venom in his eyes.

Krishna seems to learnt a few from his maiden venture to give a different film. But with shades of Paruthiveeran and Subramaniapuram and a predictable climax, all ends on a watery note.

Nedunchalai Review

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