Naan Sigappu Manithan Movie Review

Gripping and racy in parts...

Reviews 11-Apr-2014 5:04 PM IST Top 10 Comments

Production: UTV Motion Pictures
Direction: Thiru
Actors: Vishal, Lakshmi Menon, Iniya, Sundarram, Jagan and others
Music: GV Prakash Kumar
Cinematography: Richard M. Nathan
Editing: Anthony L. Ruben

Crisp narration, top-notch technical establishments by GV Prakash and cinematography Richard M Nathan, a stupendous performance by Vishal and the cherry-pick of unique concept 'Narcolepsy' by Thiru. That's an awestruck moment when you find the protagonist helpless by his inner nature himself with disorder hunting down the cruel baddies who turned his life upside down. "Sleep is not a curse, but a boon". But anything that exceeds the limit is hazardous and Indiran (Vishal) faces the same problem when the angel of his life Meera (Lakshmi Menon) is brutally gang raped by four strangers, right in front of him, but his disorder becomes an impediment.

Running against time, the reason to avenge the brutal gesture becomes the main protocol. But no clues on his side, except a couple of small details, he sets upon settling the scores with the help of his friends (Jagan and Sunder Ramu).

Here's the much upgraded version of Vishal and he has taken the success of 'Pandiya Nadu' so seriously and has involved in better performance. His matured performance, body language and moreover completely keeping away from his past style of heroism becomes the major plus. You don't have Lakshmi Menon appearing more than 40 minutes in the script, but her impact is prevalent throughout the show. The scenes involving intimacy between Vishal and Lakshmi Menon has been poignantly done (there is nothing so crude as some buzzes created pertaining to their lip-lock). The pre-interval sequence is so shocking and the flashback scenes offer a punch of unbearable adult theme, which may or may not gratify the universal audiences (Thanks to the censor board for 'U/A' that should make it clear for the moviegoers). Jagan evokes the right humour and Saranya Ponvannan takes a cake walk with her usual panache. Sunder tries to bring out the right stroke, but ends up halfway over it. Iniya's role is scandalising. Jayaprakash is a perfect casting.

First few minutes into the film, the audiences are made clear about an enthralling narration that lies ahead. The flashback of first half is filled with humour and emotions followed by the racy moments in post-intermission phase. The final combat followed by an unpredictable twist is the major plus that emblazons the theatre with applause.

GV Prakash offers what is required to enhance the gripping scenes of this film. The signature music that we hear during major portion of the film is a flashpoint. Some of the songs become a speed breaker, though the melodies are dulcet treat, but really not necessary to the fast paced screenplay. Cinematography by Richard M Nathan - this man is so compelling in placing the angles that we have never seen before on the screens. Especially, the intense level of grip during the prologue he has offered during the first few minutes of film is the icing of the cake.

With the gushes of emotional quotients blended with this high volatile thriller, 'Naan Sigappu Manithan' with the little traces of real life gang rape that shook the entire Nation before a year and the inclusion of 'Narcolepsy' wins the show.

What works: Vishal, screenplay, background score, cinematography, editing, first half, climax

What doesn't work: Few songs slow down the pace, the shocking flashback might favour just miniscule audience,

Verdict: Gripping and racy in parts...

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