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Times of India
The film portrays the plight of a middleclass man who struggles to secure a medical seat for his daughter due to money constraints.
Nagaravaridhi Naduvil Njan
directed by Shibu Balan has been written by Sreenivasan. The movie has Sreenivasan and Sangeetha playing a middleclass husband and wife, but it's no sequel and the similarity ends there. The film will be a disappointment if you are expecting anything like the duo's earlier hit Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala or a typical Sreenivasan comedy/satire.
Srinivasan is a Gulf-returnee who has lost all his savings catering to the needs of self-centred siblings and now works as a security guard to make ends meet. However, he is unable to afford a medical seat for his daughter, who threatens to commit suicide unless she gets one.
A middle class man's struggles to procure money is the crux of the story. The poor but principled man pitted against the big bad world is the central thread, but somehow most of the movie is dull. Several other issues like garbage problem in cities, capitation fees in professional colleges and corrpution also form part of the narrative.
The attempts at portraying a lower-middle class life and situations seem forced and the bashing of leftists and politicians feels outdated.
The first half drags on for an hour to tell what could be accomplished in a few scenes. The bad guys are oft-recycled stereotypes - the idealist classmate in college who becomes a greedy politician, different party leaders who have formed a nexus to cover each other's corrupt practices and party workers who change allegiance in a heartbeat for money.
The wife and daughter seem to be a shadow of an amateur play. Sangeetha, who returns to the silver screen after a decade, looks more beautiful than ever but her glowing skin and manicured nails barely suit the harried wife. Also the actress is rather expressionless throughout the film, just like Srinivasan himself who seems a ghost of his old spunky self.
The film picks up pace towards the second half and the climax is interesting and the film does have several messages - how farming is a dignified profession and the importance of proper garbage disposal. Innocent, Vijayaraghavan and Bheeman Raghu play their parts convincingly and provide comic relief and the residential colony scenes remind you of the evergreen comedies of Malayalam. However, the subtlety of satire and the sharp wit in a Sreenivasan script is missing and the attempts at sarcasm are naive.