Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham Review
Cast: Jai, Nivedha Thomas, VTV Ganesh,Sathyan,Rajkumar
Direction: K Chandru
Banner: AGS EntertainmentsMusic: Premkumar
Cinematography: Anand Jeeva
Making a film having the title of an yesteryear movie, that too a successful one, can be tricky but the director (K Chandru) seems to have adapted pretty well to the modern-day sensibilities. A group of friends that includes Jai, Sathyan, ‘VTV’ Ganesh and Rajkumar are stranded in an island near Bangkok after a wild night of drinking and partying.
It is revealed that it is a part of Lord Shiva’s ‘thiruvilayadal’ and the four are hand picked by Naradha. The quartet are put through the wringer, so to speak. It is God’s way of testing the four friends, who have an itch to hit the bottle at any given opportunity.
How they manage to wriggle out of the situation they find themselves in and after how many days, forms the rest of ‘Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham.’
The director (Chandru) has adopted a novel ideal to get a message across – on the evils of drinking. However, he has tried to mix modernity and mythology and comes up trumps, to a great extent. The surprise element is seeing the Gods using the latest gadgets and speaking in English too, at times.
Cast and crew
The friends have fun under the sun and Jai does a neat job and his voice is a strength. It is ‘VTV’ Ganesh who is the scene-stealer, especially in the second half, with his high-pitched antics.
Sathyan does a neat job while Panchu Subbu, Mano Bala and Devadarshini shine in the role of Gods. The heroine (Nivedha Thomas) doesn’t have much to do and makes little impact.
A couple of songs are worth a listen while ‘Gaana’ Bala does come up with an impressive one too.
- The comedy element
- Enjoyable first half
- Lacking in logic
- Dull second half
The movie has a good idea and a nice way of telling it. The first half goes on well but the momentum is lost in the second of thanks to lack of imaginative writing.