Naanum Rowdydhan: Complete Entertainment

This review is a tough one to write. Only when I think about it, it dawns upon me that I have to go against statements I’ve made in the past to express how good Naanum Rowdy Dhan was. The movie has a senseless script that is rejuvenated regularly by its umpteen references and random song-breaks. It has certain cliched and mechanical moments and dialogues that look like they’ve been forced. But all these standards one uses to measure a film goes out of the window when the movie entertains you from the minute it starts till the very end. After all isn’t that the whole purpose of spending a solid 120/150/10 rupees. This isn’t to say NRD is a commercial filler. It’s far from that.

The story revolves around ‘Pondi Paandi’ and his efforts to establish himself as a successful goon. He comes across a deaf girl (ironically named ‘Kadhambari’) who throws his life into a mix. The ensuing 2 hours are filled with his attempts to keep her happy and fulfill her impossible wish. Vignesh Shivan has an amazing comeback from a forgettable venture with “Poda Podi”. His characterisation is superb and leads to effective story telling. The movie is quite pacy and has you in splits throughout. The taste for Black Comedy is slowly picking up with both the audience and filmmakers. His writing is quite applaudable but takes a hit now and then when he forces in inspirational lines (refer Paandi’s confrontation with his friend) or in some cases where there is just a bit of confusion with everyone screaming, although the latter comes out as comical. The writing is filled with both obvious and subtle references (Kudos for Manivannan’s photo and the explanation of Mansoor Ali Khan and Parthiban’s time as villains) which comes out quite ideally.

The movie scores full marks in the acting department. The leads do a fantastic job, Vijay Sethupathy excelling in a role that is right in his niche and Nayanthara with one that’s outside her comfort zone of being just a damsel. But RJ Balaji and Parthiban steal the show. With amazing retorts and hilarious acting they shift gears whenever the movie drops pace. Anandraj also comes out with a strong performance. Thank god they didn’t go with the initial plan of casting Music Director Anirudh as the lead.

Having said that, this is easily Anirudh’s best work in the music department. Every song is a gem and is also placed quite nicely in the movie so as to not halt its flow. One can disregard all complaints of his songs being similar to others (Maybe they all feel the same because he sings most of them?). The best of the lot are Sid Sriram and Sean Roldan’s renditions. The camera work is great making the movie look pretty and neat.

The reason why Guy Ritchie movies stand out is because within their crazy and complicated stories there lies clarity to the viewers. There is method in his madness. To a great extent, NRD achieves that. Easily the most engaging and hilarious movie to release this year.