When two National Award winning artists, Dhanush and Sarkunam, are associated with a project, expectations are bound to be high. But if you watch Naiyandi with such high expectations, you’re likely to be disappointed.
It is one of those films that top actors claim they need to do to impress their mass following every now and then. Alas, after two back-to-back impressive performances in Raanjhanaa and Maryan, Dhanush makes a fool of himself in this cliched romantic entertainer.
In this rural romantic tale, Dhanush plays Chinna Vandu, who falls head over heels for Vana Roja (Nazriya Nazim) when she comes to visit her grandmother. Initially, he faces a lot of hiccups in his romance, but eventually Roja falls for him too. However, Vandu has too many problems to handle before he can dream of living with her happily ever after. He needs to take care of his elder brothers who abhor love and a goon who yearns for Roja.
A good portion of the first half of Naiyandi banks on comedy which is not exceptionally rib-tickling, but still manages to hold you in your seats. In the second half, the audience is not spared the usual melodrama, a predictable climax and a happy ending.
Dhanush has his heroic moments, especially around the end where he locks horns with the villain and his sidekicks. Just when you thought we finally have an actor who wouldn’t mind shedding his hero avatar, Dhanush proves us wrong with this outing.
Even though he plays his role effortlessly, we question the potential of this powerhouse performer who can definitely give us something far better than Naiyandi.
The film hardly has any scope for a story as it follows the proceedings of a common rural potboiler with comedy and action laced together just to keep the audiences hooked for the most part of the running time.