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Nagarvalam movie review: Had the potential to be a good thriller but meanders

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ANUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN
Published Apr 22, 2017, 7:53 pm IST
Updated Apr 22, 2017, 7:53 pm IST
The film stars Balaji, Deekshitha, Bala Saravanan and Yogi Babu in the lead roles.
A still from the film.
 A still from the film.
Rating:

Director: Markx

Cast: Balaji, Deekshitha, Bala Saravanan, Yogi Babu 

 

Kumar (Balaji) and his friend (Bala Saravanan) are Metro water lorry drivers who normally operate in housing board colonies. He falls for Janani (Deekshitha Manikkam) a 12th grade student from the colony and who’s an Ilayaraja fan. This gives a chance for the director to dot on Raja’s songs every alternate scene to take forward the romance. Janani is the sister of an intimidating local thug Karna (Muthukumar) and even her uncle is a powerful middle level politician who is power hungry, devising, and full of wickedness that revolves around caste.  Tough initially Kumar is taken aback after knowing of Janani’s family, the latter being strong in her relationship and persuade him to marry her. But fate has a different tale to narrate.  

Balaji who returns after a gap tries to put up a good show. Maybe his lanky young looks does not gel with the lorry driver character. Deekshitha looks pretty and does a decent job with her realistic performance. Muthukumar as the baddy is aptly chosen. Bala Saravanan and Yogi Babu are coming together for the first time and they succeed in evoking laughter a few times.  Marimuthu, D. Ravi, Arandhai Sridhar and Namo Narayanan fit the bill.

One cannot but deny the fact that the film reminds one of Balaji Sakthivel’s Kaadhal in a similar setting, except for the mediocre narration. The accident scene with a kid is predictable every time Balaji drives the lorry – after all, he is more interested in looking out for his lover than seeing the road. The screenplay lacks the depth that is normally associated with such genres. The climax is totally contrived. The script had all the potential to become a good thriller had Markx concentrated on a taut screenplay.

Technically, Pavan’s music and Tamizh Thendral’s cinematography are just functional.

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