The film features Nakul, Chandni and newcomer Avani Modi in the lead roles.
Movie: Naan Rajavaaga Pogiren
Director: Prithvi Rajkumar
Written: Prithvi Rajkumar, Vetrimaaran (dialogues)
Star Cast: Nakul as Raja/Jeeva, Chandini as Valli, Avani Modi as Reema, Manivannan as Kamaraj, A. Venkatesh as Isakkimuthu Annachi, Raaghav, Delhi Ganesh, Mayilsamy, Zarine Khan (Item number), Vetrimaaran, GV Prakash Kumar, Velraj
Music: GV Prakash Kumar
Editing: Kishore Te.
Studio: Udhayam VLS Cine Media
Content is King and Tamil cinema has been electrified with brand new conceptualizations that has been happening over the period of the past few months. A lot of brilliant ideas and a scintillating screenplay have engrossed the audience and in all likelihood, director Prithviraj Kumar should have come up with similar ideas. Apparently, he succeeds to a good extent and that’s due to an effective narration. Before a couple of months, Vishal’s ‘Samar’ had broken the usual paradigm (the film didn’t perform well in box office, but eventually spelt a different note on the dual role concept). Much alike, Prithviraj Kumar draws himself closer to such a concept of handling a simple story, but with a difference.
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The film opens with Raja (Nakul) seen locking horns with few baddies and is hit by a lorry. It’s a few months later, we are commuted to Himachal Pradesh, where we find Jeeva (again played by Nakul), a lookalike of Raja leads a peaceful life with his mother (Seetha). On an incident, when an army personnel misinterpret him to be his college friend Raja, Jeeva turns inquisitive over finding the whereabouts of his identical personality and on the journey comes across Raja’s close friend Reema (Avani Modi). What unfolds next is a wild search of Raja? Will Jeeva find and meet him? You’ll have to watch the rest over the screens.
Perhaps, after you are through a vivid analysis of the film post – show, you might find it to be a little hackneyed in its basic theme, but the narration would keep you intact and unobstructed through the film. The suspense element crafted by the filmmaker and a good writing stands out as the major attraction of this film. Regardless of some weak traits, these very factors attribute to the pacy momentum in screenplay.
On the performance level, Nakul has showcased a lot of mature performance than his previous films. Perhaps, the long hiatus should have offered a lot of learning phase to the actor. The actor embellishes the characters of Raja and Jeeva with a decent approach, but the caricature of the latter one seems to be too artificial as Nakul’s childish acts doesn’t favour anywhere in the film. Chandni doesn’t get much to score, but keeps herself visible with a good performance. Be it to the glamorous appeal or challenging sequence, she tries to win praise and this girl succeeds well too. Avani Modi as a girl stuck between her emotions of love and friendship for Nakul does justice to her role. Filmmaker Venkatesh in negative role is good in places and hits the bull’s eyes.
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On the technical front, GV Prakash’s musical score enhances the visual elements to a decent degree. This might be a new genre of music for the music director, but excels with a panache. Cinematography serves up to the good with a commendable visual composition and editing is sleek in places.
Overall, Naan Rajavaga Pogiren incisively travels with gripping moments that keeps us engaged.
Verdict: Can watch it once…