Naanga Movie Review
Cast: Sanjay Krishna, Shakir, Munees, Vinod, Aswin Raja, Priya, Shivani, Vaidehi
Production: Cinema Kottagai
Director Selva had rendered emotional tales in the past like Amaravathi and Pooveli. In his 25th film, the filmmaker settles to touch upon a movie set in a campus. It speaks about friendship, love, anger and disappointment within a gang. He has opted to take a nostalgic trip to the 1980s, a period the current generation is familiar with. Interestingly, the movie has five stories woven together and has relied on fresh faces to complete the task.
Devi (Vishnupriya) emerges out of coma after 25 years. That is described as a medical miracle by all. The media goes crazy and comes up with news reports on Devi. Coming to know about Devi gaining consciousness, a group of her friends who studied with her in college 25 years ago, decides to meet her.
They manage to get on bail Babu (Uday), their college-mate, who in prison now. He was Devi’s lover.
The friends have a plan as they go to meet Devi. Meanwhile flashbacks reveal the life and story of every individual in the gang and their happy days in college.
Santhana Bharathi’s son Sanjay Krishna, playback singer Mano’s son Shakir, music director Vasu Rao’s son Munees and production manager T V Sasi’s son Vinod besides Ashwin Raja, Vishnu Priya, Shivani and Vaidehi play the lead roles.
The new faces playing the lead roles, does bring in some freshness. But had the stories been narrated in an engrossing manner, the final effect would have been more engrossing.
Though amateurs, these artistes get involved with their character and give a decent performance.
Since the movie is set in 1980, the main thrust had been on the costumes the characters wear and bringing in the name Ilayaraja, the man of the masses in that era.
Despite having an interesting theme Selvah has failed to come up with a gripping tale and script. Naanga loses the plot as it progresses. The movie looks old and drags all the way. The stories have predictable twists and overall the movie fails to provide much entertainment.
Cast and Crew Analysis
Sanjay Krishna, Vinod, Nivas and Shakir impresses. They play their part well. Aswin Raja, who was seen in ‘Boss Engira Baskaran‘ leaves an impression. Selvah has managed to get the best from female leads Vishnu Priya, Shivani and Vaidehi. Kasthuri plays a bold role while director Raj Kapoor is also in the cast in a supporting role.
Balabharathy has come up with a couple of catchy and meldodious numbers.
Interesting theme, credible costumes, and fresh faces.
Lackluster script and slow pace.
A travel to the past could have been more intriguing and interesting.
Naanga: Not an exciting travel