Director Mu Maran’s directorial debut, 2018’s Iravukku Aayiram Kangal, regardless of not being a revelation in Tamil cinema’s tryst with the thriller style, is a racy entertainer. The movie was webbed with an intricate plot that was advanced sufficient to get us hooked and was sensible sufficient to not take its viewers with no consideration. In his sophomore movie, Kannai Nambathey, what’s repeated is the ‘eye’ reference within the title (which may even be the case with this overview), a fancy plot, and as a bonus, a good try to attach each movies. What’s lacking is the crucial raciness within the screenplay and novelty within the convoluted plot, with out which, the movie loses stream approach earlier than its climactic reveals.
Kannai Nambathey follows the journey of Arun (Udhayanidhi Stalin) who, alongside together with his new pal and roommate Somu (Prasanna), inadvertently finds himself in the course of a homicide. Like a toppled stack of dominoes, a sequence of occasions kickstart main to greater revelations. Generally we miss what’s proper underneath our noses and generally there’s extra to it than meets the attention, and that’s in all probability the concept behind the aptly titled Kannai Nambathey. Mu Maran takes the standard route we’ve seen with our thrillers within the set-up — introducing the primary actors, the futile feminine lead whose closeness to Arun is established with a montage tune, and the quintessential hero’s pal who disappears, fortunately, after the primary jiffy. On paper, Kannai Nambathey feels like an intriguing story of what occurs to a man who goes out of his approach to assist a lady solely to search out her lifeless; the basic case of an abnormal man pushed into extraordinary circumstances. However the movie retains throwing advanced array of expositions at you till the final reel.
Kannai Nambathey (Tamil)
Director: Mu Maran
Forged: Udhayanidhi Stalin, Prasanna, Aathmika, Srikanth, Bhumika, Subiksha Krishnan
Runtime: 130 minutes
Storyline: Two roommates discover themselves in a tough state of affairs and their subsequent response to it opens a pandora’s field of issues
A specific amount of leeway for coincidences and the dearth of logic is normally pardoned in relation to thrillers, however the issue with Kannai Nambathey is how the entire movie is constructed on the porous sands of fortuity. What we find yourself with is a home of playing cards that comes down crashing after we calculate the chances of its happenings. It’s no shock when a personality, who shouldn’t be even associated to the movie’s story, randomly reappears within the context of offering comedian aid at an integral a part of the movie, simply out of sheer probability. By this time, you’re not laughing due to it, however on the movie itself.
‘Kannai Nambathey’ is a basic tune from MGR’s legendary 1975 movie Ninaithadhai Mudippavan that roughly interprets to ‘the one who accomplishes what he needs’. Sarcastically, our lead Arun is something however that and as a sufferer of circumstances, is aware of what’s transpiring approach later than when he’s speculated to. Apparently, it’s additionally the case with Arulnithi’s character Bharath in Iravukku Aayiram Kangal, however after getting pushed round for some time, Bharath will get into the groove. In Kannai Nambathey although, a few the age-old ‘I’m going to kill you, so how about what occurred’ trope is what helps Arun meet up with the happenings.
The casting of the movie obtained me excited given the record of abilities it’s obtained. It has Udhay’s fellow solid member from the underrated Kanne Kalaimaane (the attention references preserve writing themselves), Vasundhara. Kannai Nambathey additionally stars Bhumika and Srikanth who’re reuniting after 20 years since Roja Kootam. However Kannai Nambathey reduces these abilities to one-dimensional roles. Discuss having your childhood ruined! A number of “twists” refill the second half of Kannai Nambathey however by then, the audiences are so battered that a few of the surprises find yourself being unintentionally humorous. In a scene from the third act, a personality goes, “Nanba nee critical ah pesuriya illa comedy panriyanu therila.” Touché.
Together with the twists come the expositions that hurriedly and conveniently attempt to unravel the knots that the movie meticulously braided. Amidst all of this chaos, we get a cameo of kinds that connects this movie with Mu Maran’s first outing. Who needs MCU after we can have our very personal MMCU? Like an onion, Kannai Nambathey is a group of layers that, when unravelled, don’t have anything at its core, other than leaving us teary-eyed. Most likely that additionally explains the title.
Kannai Nambathey is presently working in theatres