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Naandhi Review

U/A Drama 2 hrs 26 mins Feb 19, 2021
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Naandhi Review: The Beginning Of A New Era For Naresh

Today is...

Today is Ratha Sapthami and here the Sun is masked by the cloud cover. His intensity is lessened. We couldn’t see him in our town. But the light is still there. It’s obviously morning time because there is no darkness here. We may expect the Sun to take charge in a day or two. Surya is a youngster, a software engineer who’s wrongfully framed in a high profile case - the murder of an activist. The Sun is guaranteed to come out of the cloud cover. But what about Surya? 

Naandhi

Naandhi... meaning the inception of some strong change... is unlike any other Telugu film in a long memory. Human rights and how the common people are treated to hell in the jails in the name of investigation aren’t touched upon properly in Tollywood except as some subplot where the hero’s heroism is elevated. Here the hero himself is the victim and it is through his eyes we experience the treatment meted out to the suspects. How pitiful their lives become under-trial. And how much torture they have to go through. 

Victims victimised by victims

Is it due to the cruelty of police? Yes. No. Police are often extra glorified in cinemas so much so that those who are known for encounters have become heroes in the eyes of the people. Or they are shown as an entirely corrupt department. Not so often even cruel police officers are shown as human beings. One such inspector is Kishore, played by Harish Uttaman. 

The political force wants the case of the brutal murder of lawyer-activist Rajagopal - played with expert precision in a smaller role by CVL Narasimha Rao - to be closed quickly. The pressure on the government is transferred to the police force and the higher officials screws the minds of the inspectors. Obviously, they to escape the torture try to nab the obvious looking person first and then try to bring the required truth out of the mouth of that person. 

CI Kishore is as much a victim as Surya is. But the cruelty Kishore and co. used on Surya couldn’t be forgiven easily. The grossly underpaid and gloriously understaffed police department. Unfortunately. In a world where software and the other white collar employees enjoy wide respect and demand, police force is not a good or marketable job option for youngsters. How can we expect change in such a situation. Someone has to start the change. But we, as people don’t want us to be the change-makers. 

Enter Aadya 

As Naandhi is a film, and its plot needs to be moved forward, a rescuer for Surya and in turn in an indirect way Kishore comes in the form of Aadhya. Varalakshmi Sarathkumar who’s often stereotyped as a villainous woman in both Telugu and Tamil is given a brilliantly written author backed role in this film. Her entry is stunning. And the interval block which ends up as an excruciatingly painful defeat to our hero doesn’t give what is to come in the second half which is where things go in a more upward curve. Both in terms of performances and narrative energy. 

Aadhya is a junior lawyer and she takes the case of Surya and he’s out after 5 long years. Now, the theme of the film turns its attention to Section No. 211 - Section 211 in The Indian Penal Code. 

The below is what Section 211 tells

Given here as a topic of interest. You may skip it. 

[False charge of offence made with intent to injure. Whoev­er, with intent to cause injury to any person, institutes or causes to be instituted any criminal proceeding against that person, or falsely charges any person with having committed an offence, knowing that there is no just or lawful ground for such proceeding or charge against that person, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both; and if such criminal proceeding be instituted on a false charge of an offence punishable with death, 1[imprisonment for life], or imprisonment for seven years or upwards, shall be punishable with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.]

Surya and Aadya’s fight serve as the Naandhi for several thought provoking changes. But not before a lot of sacrifice from Surya. 

Performances 

Allari Naresh is the de facto comedy hero in Telugu after Rajendra Prasad and is known for his comedic films, it is evident right from his first film that he’s a terrific actor. Only that both his father E.V.V. Sathyanarayana and other Tollywood directors projected him so severely underutilising his acting talents. Every now and then when given chances, he excelled in serious roles with ease. One of the best actors produced by modern Telugu Cinema, Naresh relished the role of Surya and carried the entire first half on his shoulders. 

His performance in emotional sequences makes our eyes wet. His compassion makes us feel his pain. The way he remembers his parents’ sacrifices for him during his childhood and his intention to fulfill their smaller wishes once he gets a job are beautiful. He doesn’t have much chance to romance. The film starts directly when he’s in custody. But be it the histrionics, or body language, or dialogue delivery or his screen presence as a common man victim... Naresh has shown his peak acting talent. 

Varalakshmi Sarathkumar is another highlight of this film. She has thrown all of her stereotypical performance in a dustbin and comes up with a refreshing take. Will get great applause for the way she elevated the role of Aadya. Harish Uttaman is superb as CI Kishore. Rest of the actors did well enough to keep the audience invested in the proceedings. 

Writing and direction

The story of this film is unlike anything we have seen in Telugu in a long time. The gritty and realistic narration by director Vijay packs a big punch. The screenplay is well constructed. The dialogues by Abburi Ravi deserves claps at every turn. Though the graph goes down towards the climax a bit, Naandhi is as good an answer to Visaaranai from Telugu as it gets. That too with a mainstream hero like Naresh. 

To conclude

The technical departments cooperated very well with the filmmaker. It’s a well made and well packaged film with organic narration. Movie buffs, don’t miss this film. Or just STFU and don’t say Telugu Cinema doesn't produce good films. 

Rating: 3.25 out of 5. 

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  • Brahmambasha

    19 Feb 21 @ 3:24 PM

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    19 Feb 21 @ 2:24 PM

    nice 👌 movie

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Naandhi Review: The Beginning Of A New Era For Naresh

Today is...

Today is Ratha Sapthami and here the Sun is masked by the cloud cover. His intensity is lessened. We couldn’t see him in our town. But the light is still there. It’s obviously morning time because there is no darkness here. We may expect the Sun to take charge in a day or two. Surya is a youngster, a software engineer who’s wrongfully framed in a high profile case - the murder of an activist. The Sun is guaranteed to come out of the cloud cover. But what about Surya? 

Naandhi

Naandhi... meaning the inception of some strong change... is unlike any other Telugu film in a long memory. Human rights and how the common people are treated to hell in the jails in the name of investigation aren’t touched upon properly in Tollywood except as some subplot where the hero’s heroism is elevated. Here the hero himself is the victim and it is through his eyes we experience the treatment meted out to the suspects. How pitiful their lives become under-trial. And how much torture they have to go through. 

Victims victimised by victims

Is it due to the cruelty of police? Yes. No. Police are often extra glorified in cinemas so much so that those who are known for encounters have become heroes in the eyes of the people. Or they are shown as an entirely corrupt department. Not so often even cruel police officers are shown as human beings. One such inspector is Kishore, played by Harish Uttaman. 

The political force wants the case of the brutal murder of lawyer-activist Rajagopal - played with expert precision in a smaller role by CVL Narasimha Rao - to be closed quickly. The pressure on the government is transferred to the police force and the higher officials screws the minds of the inspectors. Obviously, they to escape the torture try to nab the obvious looking person first and then try to bring the required truth out of the mouth of that person. 

CI Kishore is as much a victim as Surya is. But the cruelty Kishore and co. used on Surya couldn’t be forgiven easily. The grossly underpaid and gloriously understaffed police department. Unfortunately. In a world where software and the other white collar employees enjoy wide respect and demand, police force is not a good or marketable job option for youngsters. How can we expect change in such a situation. Someone has to start the change. But we, as people don’t want us to be the change-makers. 

Enter Aadya 

As Naandhi is a film, and its plot needs to be moved forward, a rescuer for Surya and in turn in an indirect way Kishore comes in the form of Aadhya. Varalakshmi Sarathkumar who’s often stereotyped as a villainous woman in both Telugu and Tamil is given a brilliantly written author backed role in this film. Her entry is stunning. And the interval block which ends up as an excruciatingly painful defeat to our hero doesn’t give what is to come in the second half which is where things go in a more upward curve. Both in terms of performances and narrative energy. 

Aadhya is a junior lawyer and she takes the case of Surya and he’s out after 5 long years. Now, the theme of the film turns its attention to Section No. 211 - Section 211 in The Indian Penal Code. 

The below is what Section 211 tells

Given here as a topic of interest. You may skip it. 

[False charge of offence made with intent to injure. Whoev­er, with intent to cause injury to any person, institutes or causes to be instituted any criminal proceeding against that person, or falsely charges any person with having committed an offence, knowing that there is no just or lawful ground for such proceeding or charge against that person, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both; and if such criminal proceeding be instituted on a false charge of an offence punishable with death, 1[imprisonment for life], or imprisonment for seven years or upwards, shall be punishable with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.]

Surya and Aadya’s fight serve as the Naandhi for several thought provoking changes. But not before a lot of sacrifice from Surya. 

Performances 

Allari Naresh is the de facto comedy hero in Telugu after Rajendra Prasad and is known for his comedic films, it is evident right from his first film that he’s a terrific actor. Only that both his father E.V.V. Sathyanarayana and other Tollywood directors projected him so severely underutilising his acting talents. Every now and then when given chances, he excelled in serious roles with ease. One of the best actors produced by modern Telugu Cinema, Naresh relished the role of Surya and carried the entire first half on his shoulders. 

His performance in emotional sequences makes our eyes wet. His compassion makes us feel his pain. The way he remembers his parents’ sacrifices for him during his childhood and his intention to fulfill their smaller wishes once he gets a job are beautiful. He doesn’t have much chance to romance. The film starts directly when he’s in custody. But be it the histrionics, or body language, or dialogue delivery or his screen presence as a common man victim... Naresh has shown his peak acting talent. 

Varalakshmi Sarathkumar is another highlight of this film. She has thrown all of her stereotypical performance in a dustbin and comes up with a refreshing take. Will get great applause for the way she elevated the role of Aadya. Harish Uttaman is superb as CI Kishore. Rest of the actors did well enough to keep the audience invested in the proceedings. 

Writing and direction

The story of this film is unlike anything we have seen in Telugu in a long time. The gritty and realistic narration by director Vijay packs a big punch. The screenplay is well constructed. The dialogues by Abburi Ravi deserves claps at every turn. Though the graph goes down towards the climax a bit, Naandhi is as good an answer to Visaaranai from Telugu as it gets. That too with a mainstream hero like Naresh. 

To conclude

The technical departments cooperated very well with the filmmaker. It’s a well made and well packaged film with organic narration. Movie buffs, don’t miss this film. Or just STFU and don’t say Telugu Cinema doesn't produce good films. 

Rating: 3.25 out of 5. 

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