Nannbenda Movie Review

No smile, No laughter, only grim faces at end

Reviews 2-Apr-2015 1:10 PM IST Top 10 Comments

Direction : Jagadish
Production : Red Giant Movies
Starring : Udhayanidhi Stalin, Nayanthara, Santhanam
Music : Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography : Balasubramaniem
Editing : Vivek Harshan

Director Rajesh started off this trend of maintaining the same formulae in all his films, which at times clicked and few moments disappointed. His protégés and long time associates have indeed started following the same footprints that even includes the costumes the lead actors wear and the stereotypically packaged ‘characterisations’. Nanbenda stars Udhayanidhi Stalin, Nayantara and Santhanam in lead roles. Harris Jayaraj has composed music and the cinematography by Balasubramaniam is yet another factor retained from the previous film of Udhayanidhi who has produced this film as well.


The film opens with Udhayanidhi Stalin escaping from prison and is on the verge of killing someone who has pushed him to this deplorable condition. The story immediately switches to flashback mode, where we find him falling in love with beautiful girl (Nayantara) and as it happens by nature, he happens to be a close childhood friend of Santhanam. As things are happening in ‘Picture Perfect’ mode, Udhayanidhi is shocked to hear the hidden past of Nayantara and what it is all about is something you’ve got to catch up in theatres.


What is supposed to be a comedy capers starts testing our patience as soon as we get into the film. We expect something special and surprising to happen in the plot and except the flashback twist by Nayantara, nothing is really engaging. It’s been a part and parcel in almost all the films of director Rajesh, where the heroes instantly fall in love at first sight with beautiful girls and his assistant Jagadeesh tries to be nowhere different. Most of the scenes blatantly reminiscence of his mentor’s movies and that includes the style of comedy by Udhayanidhi and Santhanam. Musical score by Harris Jayaraj is at the same level of what has been done before Udhay movies. Couple of songs are very well composed with beautiful picturing by Balasubramaniam, but none of them are closer to the screenplay and situation.


As mentioned up in the analysis, the scenes look so prototyped borrowed from the films of Rajesh and that applies the same for performance as well. Udhayanidhi Stalin has improved a lot in dancing and body language, but he has to choose some unique roles from this point. Yes, he has entertained us with some hilarious entertainers, but he could try or experiment in other genres too. Nayantara merely appears with lots of walks on the roads and has less dialogues and performance. Although, the flashback of Nayantara might gain our sympathy, everything ends up there. Santhanam should really get for a changeover in his style of performance and costumes. There are few scenes that really carry us away in laughter, which includes his play with ‘Talking Tom’.

What works?

1. Some songs by Harris Jayaraj
2. Cinematography by Balasubramaniam

What doesn’t work?

1. Too old timeworn story
2. Ineffective and non-engaging screenplay
3. Lack of comedy

The same actors coming together over and again on the screens is not a major fault, for it has been happening over a long time from MGR-Nagesh era, but everything depends on the story and engaging elements in the screenplay. Over here, debutant Jagadeesh fails to deliver it with appropriate ingredients.

Verdict : No smile, No laughter, only grim faces at end

Rating : 3.5/10

Leave your comments here...