I had enjoyed Sasikumar and Samuthirakanni’s earlier movie ‘Subra-manyapuram’ and had heard good recommendations for ‘Nadodigal’ from friends. So this past weekend, I decided to set aside some time to watch this movie. And not for a moment did I regret it.
Nadodigal runs for 2 hours and 46 minutes and is totally rivetting. It shows how a movie can succeed with a good story line, even without catchy songs, foreign locales and CGI .
Like Subramanyapuram, its based on the bonds of friendship, here between three male friends in a small town. But that’s where the similarity ends.
I don’t want to reveal the entire story and give the plot away. The movie questions the difference between Love and Lust and forces the viewer to ponder the difference. The undying love-at-first-sight that youngsters profess for each other, is it really love or infatuation or hormone-driven lust?
The three friends try to help a rich young boy elope and marry an equally rich young girl. This after the boy attempts suicide as he thinks he can’t bear to live without the girl he loves as their parents would never agree to their marriage. In their idealistic, albeit foolish attempt to fulfill their so called friend’s wish, the three friends almost end up losing their lives. They are severely injured, arrested and a case of kidnapping foisted on them. They do however manage to help the young couple to run away, get married and escape to their honeymoon. Once there, the young lovers whet their sexual appetite for each other, only to realize they are incompatible and in fact can’t stand each other!
Such stories would have been unthinkable in earlier Tamil movies where eternal love was glorified and a heavy dollop of romance was needed for a film to succeed.
Shankar Mahadevan’s song number “Sambo Shiva Sambo..,” stands out though Sundar C Babu’s music is rather average.
Recommended: Certainly! If you don’t understand the language, please see it with subtitles.
I would have given it 4/4, but for the ending which was almost but not yet perfect.