Naachiyaar review: A perfectly satisfying watch that deserves your time

Unlike other Bala films, there are no villains here and the film ends on a happy note


Friday 16 February 2018

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Star Cast

Jyothika, GV Prakash, Ivana

That truth can often be stranger than fiction is the point director Bala wants to drive home in Naachiyaar. Bala is known for capturing lives of simple people from the lower economic background with a relevant message to the society.There’s a lot that’s admirable about Naachiyaar particularly the simplicity of its characters and their actions. Unlike Bala films, there are no villains here and the film ends on a happy note.

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Two teenagers Kaathu (GV Prakash), a fruit vendor and Arasi (Ivana), a house maid meet and start liking each other. The film opens  with a pregnant Arasi being nabbed by ACP Naachiyaar (Jyothika) and another team led by Feroz (Rockline Venkatesh) arresting Kaathu who is accused of raping a minor.

To be fair, the acting is consistently top-notch across the board. Newcomer Ivana, with and a pretty fresh face and large expressive eyes makes a wholly believable Arasi. Jyothika escapes the monotonous roles that she was playing in her last two films and as ACP Naachiyaar, a no-nonsense police officer, she shines. As an ass-kicking action star she is refreshing, and is a brave attempt from the actress.

The first half belongs to GV Prakash and he is so good and convincing that it’s hard not to succumb to his charm.Never turning Kaathu into a caricature or a stereotype, GV Prakash leads the way with a terrific performance that doesn’t miss a beat. There's no starry baggage in this performance, which easily counts amongst his best.

Theni Eshwar's aerial shots of garbage and lush locales symbolically represent the core plot of the film. The chasing scenes are top notch. Ilaiyaraaja proves why he is still the king of background score, his ability to travel along with the mood of the film is flawless. The crisp run time of 100 minutes is another big advantage for the film.

But having said, Naachiyaar is not a perfect film as there are a lot of loopholes. Will a senior officer in ACP rank waste their time over such a human rights case? And the brutal scene in climax feel forced and manufactured, just to give Jyothika's charcter a hero image?

On the whole, Naachiyaar is a film that starts off slowly but draws you into its drama. At a crisp 100 minutes, it’s a perfectly atisfying watch that deserves your time.

Naachiyaar review: A satisfying watch

Reactions from Social Media:
Sidhu @ sidhuwrites

#Naachiyaar: Brisk, no-nonsense film that puts across it's message beautifully. Loved the way that Bala has handled his subject, a hard-and-fast approach. With neat performances, it goes down as a must-watch. Go see it.

balaji @balaji13v
Really awesome movie.. BGM stands great strength.. Good treatment by #Naachiyaar fantastic act by @gvprakash .. But I like definition of new India Must watch movie of the year #Bala rocked on new style..

Balaji Duraisamy @balajidtweets
#Naachiyaar Interval: So far good and engaging with impressive performances of @gvprakash and #Jyothika. Solid interval block, looking forward for the 2nd HALF !!

Christopher Kanagaraj @Chrissuccess
#Naachiyaar - Simple plot, gud background music & superb perf from Jo & Ivana. GVP has tried to giv his best. Film duration is just 99 mins. 1st half Luv portions r dull, picks up during interval, with gud 2nd hlf. Its neither a hard hitting typical Bala film nor a commercial 1.

Prashanth Rangaswamy @itisprashanth
#Naachiyaar interval - Congrats @gvprakash brother, you have graduated as a solid performer, hard work shows on screen. Biggest plus is the duration, simple plot with clean narration. So far solid although love portions lags a bit.

anand @anandviswajit
#Naachiyaar - Ave Flick, nothing new, as usual #Bala style #Kodoora movie
100 Mns film run time, but Romba neram odramari feel.. #Illayaraja BGM is OK.
Rating : 2/5

Adhik Ravichandran @Adhikravi
#Naachiyaar great film by Bala sir...very happy and proud of my darling @gvprakash has done lot of homework and with full dedication for the character best performance as #Kaathu Kathavarayan.Touching climax,must watch

SujathaNarayanan @N_sujatha08
#Naachiyaar is a triumph of #Jyothika in the masterful direction and writing of #bala. @Suriya_offl @rajsekarpandian small plot with relevant perspectives from Bala well enacted by @gvprakash & debutant Ivana producer Rockline Venkatesh & others in the cast - neat crisp film.

Surendhar MK @SurendharMK
#Naachiyaar: Bala's use of religion as a metaphor serves the plot sensibly. The Muslim marriage procession, and the inside jokes are nicely done. Runtime of the film at just 110 minutes makes it easily overlook any other issues.

Sujithra @Suji_Offl
#Naachiyaar the best film of 2018!!! Getting good opinions from my frds!!! Vera level acting by @gvprakash nu sonnaga!!! They totally loved the film!!! Can't wait to see the movie myself!!! Congrats @filmmakerBala for the success!!! @gvprakash #Jyothika mam!!!

vb @vbzu
Overall worth a watch! Jyothika & GVP did their roles very well, but this film didnt have scope for the characters to show their extraordinary performance like Bala’s previous films. #Naachiyaar