Surya and Laila in "Nandhaa"... slick narration.
POWERFUL PERFORMANCE by the lead artists, a neat screenplay and narration without any deviations in the form of dance or song make Aparajeeth Films' ``Nandhaa'' worth watching. Bala's direction makes viewing a gripping experience. .
Bala's ``Sethu'' did come as a breath of fresh air and he has lived up to the expectations he raised. No scene has been wasted. .
Nandha's mother is shocked to find her husband in bed with another woman. A quarrel follows. While trying to save his mother (Rajshri) from his angry father, Nandhaa (Surya) in a rage hits him on the back of his head. The father falls dead and Nandhaa is sent to the special school. When he returns goes home after a few years his mother refuses to accept him.
Periyavar (Rajkiran), considered to be the head of the village gives him shelter . In a group of Sri Lankan refugees Nandhaa finds Kalyani (Laila) who is also interested in him. Things go wrong just when the lovers decide to marry.
Periyavar's attachment to Nandhaa is not liked by his son-in-law Durai (Saravanan) who kills the old man when he is in hospital. Nandhaa suspects foul play and learns the truth. He kills the son-in-law and escapes. Till the end Nandhaa does not win the affection of his mother.
Surya as the young rustic man has reached a new milestone in acting. an actor. Rajkiran shines in the role of Periyavar. A surprise, however, is Rajashri, who reveals great histrionic skills. Laila appears without make up and shows proves that she is capable of doing a neat job if offered. Saravanan, after a long interval, has come up with a good performance. Karunaas does well as Nandhaa's friend, with a sense of humour. R.Rathnavelu has captured the beauty of Rameswaram and Kumbakonam temples with all their grandeur. Yuvan Shanker Raja has come up with a good back ground score. Bala has deftly handled a heavy subject to give a film minus the usual scenes.
S. R. ASHOK KUMAR
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