Naanum Rowdy Dhaan

In a way Naanum Rowdy Dhaan is a smartly tailored desi gangster comedy. It isn’t essentially that “different” to be called as a perfect gangster spoof, but director Vignesh Shivan includes these layers of gangster spoofing which makes the movie work nicely as a comedy entertainer. Thanks to Parthiban and Vijay Sethupathi, the climax of the film is one good laugh riot that helps the movie in being funny even after being pretty silly in terms of content.

Well the story isn’t that complicated to narrate as a one liner. Pandi as a child aspired to be a Policeman but very soon he sort of realized that a Rowdy lived a more cool life and his ambition changed. The film shows us one main event in Pandi’s life where he meets a duff girl Kaathambari who is in search of her father. Kaathambari’s back story and how that creates a curiosity in our wannabe rowdy hero is what Vignesh Shivan’s Naanum Rowdy Dhaan talking about.

The idea of the movie is very thin and not so logically convincing. But it is the way the director has treated the whole film that makes it enjoyable. The romance has a charm in its on screen portrayal and the whole rowdy episode gets that witty treatment which at many occasions entertains the audience. The usual overdoing of comedy set pieces wasn’t there and the amount of irrelevant track comedy was also very less (Only Rajendran’s character’s entry in the second half bored me.) As I mentioned earlier, the ease of Parthiban and the way Sethupathi portrays the tension of Pandi in that culmination tussle makes the climax a hilarious one. With only very few moments that lacked conviction, Naanum Rowdy Dhaan is a convincing entertainer.

After having seen Anirudh in a few “acting” sequences, I would really appreciate the whole team for choosing Vijay Sethupathi for this role. The actor looked really perfect for the role. Nayantara also delivers a wonderful performance. Parthibhan in his usual casual style makes the antagonist a memorable and hilarious one. RJ Balaji was really good in cracking those witty counters. The rest of the cast were also convincing in their respective roles.

After that stretched out Poda Podi, Vignesh Shivan this time manages to make a tidy script. The execution of the script was also done in a fair enough way. The idea to use the practicality of clichés to generate spoof feel made the film enjoyable for sure. The cinematography was impressive. Catchy tunes were there from Anirudh (Neeyum Naanum was my personal favorite). Edits were also good.

On the whole Naanum Rowdy Dhaan is an enjoyable comedy that has typical humor, interesting spoof and a convincing romance in a not so amusing plot. The rating for the film is 3/5.

Final Thoughts

Naanum Rowdy Dhaan is an enjoyable comedy that has typical humor, interesting spoof and convincing romance in a not so amusing plot.


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


Categorized as Review, Tamil

By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.

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