Naane Varuven movie review: Dhanush’s latest ruins an absolutely good idea

Naane Varuven has the hurried really feel of a shoddily edited first draft of a movie, which has an excellent thought at its coronary heart. The movie, written by Dhanush and directed by his brother Selvaraghavan, has a wacky and depraved thought at its core — a movie about sibling rivalry by real-life brothers. Now that’s a movie we will watch. It’s a pity that it solely stays an thought and by no means develops right into a flesh-and-blood movie.

There’s something amiss in Naane Varuven from the phrase go. Even Dhanush as Prabhu (he performs a double position within the movie) appears a bit odd and artificial. And that’s a loaded assertion for an actor who made you root for him in a cameo within the Russo Brothers’ in any other case underwhelming The Grey Man. You let these shortcomings slide since you are certain that one thing surprising will quickly unravel on the display screen. The shortage of promotion has labored within the favour of the movie — the largest suspense concerning the movie is its style. When it’s revealed, it’s an exhilarating shock that leaves you enthused for what’s to return. For a second, you suppose the makers are geniuses for not selling the movie. The joy is short-lived because the sense of awe will get changed by bafflement within the second half. These refined shortcomings grow to be distinguished and the movie implodes, leaving you with a way of betrayal.

So far as the story goes, Naane Varuven is a re-imagination of Kamal Haasan’s Aalavandhan as a supernatural horror. Kathir and Prabhu are twins. There’s one thing sinister concerning the elder twin, who’s severely punished by his dad for his creepy acts. As soon as he’s tied up in the home’s yard and will get kidnapped by a psychopath (performed by Selvaraghavan), who likes to hunt people with a bow and arrow. Kathir escapes and kills the monster by turning into one. Hunted turns into the hunter, and so on. All of that is ‘stated’ in a scene or two. There’s no context or particulars, which is just about the overarching trait of this movie. Ultimately, Kathir will get deserted by his mother and youthful brother. The youthful brother goes on to steer a traditional completely happy life with an understanding spouse Bhuvana (Indhuja Ravichandran), and daughter Sathya. Issues take a drastic flip when Sathya begins to behave bizarre after a trip to Himachal Pradesh. Prabhu realizes the ghost of his previous is again to hang-out him.

At the same time as a narrative, there’s nothing novel about Naane Varuven. It has all of the tropes of a typical horror film, with a good portion panning out like The Conjuring (2013). The movie takes the straightforward approach out, there are expositions galore because the movie resorts to voiceovers and bland dialogues to maneuver ahead. One other such gaffe is actor Prabhu enjoying a psychiatrist (Prabhu), who additionally occurs to be a non secular healer. I imply, why even trouble writing one other character, proper? Two roles for one paycheck! We even have Yogi Babu because the ‘hero’s buddy’, who’s irrelevant to the movie’s proceedings. Selvaraghavan himself calls out the character’s silliness, however the self-awareness doesn’t absolve him.

Surprisingly, regardless of all its shortcomings, the movie doesn’t punish you. Dhanush might need been drab as Prabhu, however as Kathir, he shines. In a scene in direction of the tip of the movie, Dhanush exhibits what he’s able to. The nice high quality of his performing feels incongruous with the shoddy movie. For that transient second, all of your complaints concerning the movie fade away… however it’s all for that transient second. The remainder of the time, you might be simply watching the ruins of an deserted thought.

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