Filmmaker Selvaraghavan’s collaborations with his younger brother-actor Dhanush have always been a delightful experience for the duo’s fans. From the coming-of-age Thulluvadho Ilamai to the cold-blooded crime noir Pudhupettai and the Melodrama of a photographer’s journey in Mayakkam Enna, the brothers have never disappointed us. Significantly, such epitomes of good flicks raised the bars of expectations over ‘Naane Varuvean’. The film is produced by Kalaipuli S Thanu and features a musical score by Yuvan Shankar Raja.
The film revolves around the picture-perfect life of Prabhu (Dhanush) with his professional and personal life comprising his wife (Indhuja) and daughter (Hiya Davey) is going paradisiacal. However, things turn out to be a topsy-turvy upheaval for Prabhu, when his daughter is possessed by an evil spirit. This takes Prabhu, on a journey down memory lane, which is quite horrible with the presence of his twin brother Kathir (again played by Dhanush), whom he has to face now to solve this crisis.
The initial moments of the film clearly establish what this story is all about as we get a clear picture of the varying natures of Prabhu and Kathir. Minutes later, the way, Selvaraghavan takes time to establish the conflict is appreciable too. The Pre-Interval 25 minutes with the arrival of teenage paranormal investigators sparks up some humour, especially with the presence of Yogi Babu. Of course, the interval twist that connects two dots – present and past gives us no option, but to applaud. Nonetheless, just when the anticipatory graph is spiking up over the second hour, what we get is nothing, but a tedious narration. The whole second half is too predictable, and it fails to hold our attention.
Getting on with the performances, Dhanush excels well in both roles. While Prabhu’s role might be a favourite for family audiences, D-Fans have something to rejoice about with the arrival of Kathir. The female lead characters have nothing to deliver here. Both Indhuja and Elli have limited scope. Actors Prabhu, Yogi Babu, and other actors don’t have screen time of more than 20-30 mins. Hiya Davey gives a decent spell.
Yuvan Shankar Raja’s BGM works out best results in many places, especially in the first half. Om Prakash’s visuals laced with dark hues escalate the eerie values in many places.
Overall, Naane Varuvean has elements of supernatural mysteries in the first half followed by a thrilling appeal in places across Second half that will work out well for Dhanush-Selvaraghavan fans.
Verdict: Naane Varuvean A Ruthless Emotional supernatural thriller is a Dhanush-Selvaraghavan duo’s safe bet that caters the fans.