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Cast: Raghav, Monika, Naren, Thambi Ramaya, Priya
Movies made on snakes always attracted attention in Tamil cinema. Taking cue from them, debutant director Charles, in the company of popular television actor Raghav, has woven a script that is entertaining and enthralling in parts.
‘Nanjupuram’ is more of Anaconda meeting Rama Narayanan movies. Interestingly, the distribution rights of ‘Nanjupuram’ have been bagged by Sri Thenandal Movies, a company backed by Rama Narayanan himself.
There are some interesting visual treat and pulsating scenes that sustain our interest. Raghav, besides playing the lead role, has also made his presence felt as a music composer too.
Monica plays the female lead. Charles’s intention to render a taut thriller should be appreciated. But at the same time, we should also say that it is the execution that goes haywire.
Magudeswaran’s dialogues are razor sharp at places, especially while taking a dig at caste system which is still active at many places of the State. Also, the makers have not gone too superstitious, for a movie on snake would mean too much of it.
The film is set in a village called Nanjupuram. Ridden deeply in caste system, there is often trouble between the upper caste and lower caste in the village. Also deeply rooted in superstitious belief, the villagers believe that anyone who hurts a snake there will get killed in 45 days.
As it happens, Velu (Raghav), an upper caste youth falls in love with Malar (Monica), a lower caste girl. One day, he attacks a snake and was asked by villagers to stay away for one-and-half month. But his love towards Malar makes him to elope with her. What’s next is the climax.
All actors, including Raghav and Monica have played their parts well. Due credit should go to Raghav. He is cool and casual. He has taken all the responsibilities to deliver hie best. Monica plays a de-glamourised character. She has a meaty role to do. Others in the cast are adequate.
Unfortunately, the script misses some novelty. Had Charles blended more of it and reduced cliches, ‘Nanjupuram’ would have been different.