Shankar used multiple personality disorder in Anniyan, Murugadoss used short term memory lose in Ghajini and now it was Thiru’s chance to create heroism using disorders. He chose narcolepsy as the nucleolus of Naan Sigappu Manithan. But unfortunately Thiru couldn’t use this idea to a good extent. The plot diverts continuously and the film seems to be stretched out after a while.
The story focuses on the life of a young graduate Indran who has this sleeping disorder called Narcolepsy. From his childhood itself, he had to face a lot of difficulties because of it and his list of wishes was quite minimal. It was difficult for him and his mother to find a girl who could understand his situation. But in the course of life Indran found a smart girl in the form of Meera. Meera’s family’s objection was there in the relationship and in the middle of this, one tragic incident happens with the couple. Film focuses on Indran’s quest behind those people who destroyed his life.
The first half of the movie is a mix of usual exaggerations, sympathy and sentiments we see in Tamil movies. Some uniqueness that this Narcolepsy thought gives the script is there in the content. The second half is a total deviation from what we see in the first half. It has this flash back story filled with crookedness and lust that just goes on and on to a level where we almost forget about the first half. The ideas and elements in both halves of the film aren’t bad, but the lack of utilization of the disorder makes the movie just another revenge story.
On screen Vishal was good as Indran. Lakshmi Menon played her part nicely. Saranya ponvannan’s mother character’s write up is slightly annoying. Iniya did her role with the required pepper spray. Sunder Ramu was good as the mysterious friend.
Thiru’s direction is not devoid of conventional style. As I said earlier, his writing doesn’t try to explore fresh scenarios with the unique disorder our hero has. Even though the pains of the characters are genuine, the route map up to that point is a bit shallow. Cinematography was good. Songs were average.
Naan Sigappu Manithan on the whole is an average product that explores too much beyond its limit. My rating is 2.5/5. Good performances and some unique scenarios are there but the lack of exploitation restricts the movie to an average level.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended