Director: Vijay Kanakamedala
Solid: Allari Naresh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Harish Uthaman
*Minor Spoilers Forward
Surya Prakash seems hopeless, as he’s introduced into the jail together with different criminals. There’s no color in his face and he’s not comfortable about the place he’s. He has clearly been tortured bodily and mentally, and you may see it within the quick steps he takes. Allari Naresh performs this character, however the allari-ness (playfulness) upon which he has constructed his profession doesn’t seem to be it’s going to indicate up within the film.
The scene doesn’t finish there. There’s extra humiliation ready in retailer for him. When a cop orders Surya Prakash to undress, he does so obediently. He doesn’t have the vitality to oppose. And as he removes his shirt, lo and behold, you may discover a number of accidents on his torso and again. He has been arrested for killing an activist – a homicide he didn’t commit. This explicit stretch is supposed to shock you, and it achieves this outcome fairly properly. All of the trash comedies that Naresh has been part of, for nearly twenty years now disappear out of your thoughts whenever you watch him in that chilling opening sequence. That is the mark of actor.
Surya Prakash comes throughout as a median middle-class fellow whom you may stumble upon at a park, or a theatre. You would be mates with him, maybe. Higher but, it may very well be you. He could not even have stepped inside a police station all his life. And that is what the movie needs you to grasp. Anyone might be taken to the police station and framed for homicide. And what does the investigating officer, Kishore (Harish Uthaman), have in his palms as proof? Three flimsy items of CCTV footage that places Surya Prakash and the sufferer in the identical body in three totally different locations!
If Kishore produces that alone, he’ll be laughed out of the court docket. Newspapers and tv channels will ridicule him day and night time. He is aware of that, too. So, he research Surya Prakash’s background. He needs to stack heavier issues towards him.
When Kishore accuses him of being a supari killer, he’s gobsmacked. He’s not able to take all of it in. He says he’s harmless, however the cop gained’t take heed to him. The beatings proceed and his physique turns right into a pile of meat and bones. Kishore needs to interrupt him, however Surya Prakash needs to continue to exist sometime.
On-screen, nonetheless, this isn’t the primary time that we’re witnessing the tremors of police brutality in South Indian cinema. Vetri Maaran’s Tamil drama Visaranai curdled our blood, just a few years in the past. Although Naandhi doesn’t take that route absolutely, there are numerous scenes the place you’d wish to shut your eyes. It gained’t assist Surya Prakash in any manner, however that’s what we, people, instinctively do.
Vijay Kanakamedala, in his directorial debut, talks in regards to the overwhelming variety of under-trial prisoners languishing in about 1,000+ jails throughout the nation. He provides us a tiny peek into the apathy surrounding their neighborhood and rapidly narrates a narrative that charts a person’s street to freedom. Can Surya Prakash get his life and dignity again after being acquitted? And whether or not it’s Visaranai, or Naandhi, the administrators make it a degree to inform us beforehand that their protagonists are harmless. In the event that they’re responsible, we gained’t sympathize with their agony.
Had Surya Prakash actually murdered the activist, Naandhi would have grow to be a homicide thriller, and Kishore would have, inevitably, been hailed as a hero. However take a look at his immorality – he packs a gullible man off to jail for 5 years. He manages to make the court docket consider that he has a robust case towards him.
Naresh does an important job in highlighting a typical man’s battle for justice. He pours a unprecedented quantity of seriousness into his demeanor by rising a thick beard and sticking true to the character of the style. His beard is an indication of his incapability to roam round Hyderabad. Within the scenes the place he’s freewheeling within the flashback parts, he solely has a moustache. He’s been solid towards his sort right here and it’s definitely going to open new doorways for him in Telugu cinema. Properly, he can nonetheless star in senseless comedies. No one will cease him from reaching for low-hanging fruits, however his space of experience has widened with Naandhi, now, and that’s the takeaway.
From the perspective of the makers, it’s a threat to rope in an actor who’s identified for his comedian timing. There are a few small jokes right here and there, however they don’t shift the main focus from the prisoner’s struggling. Kanakamedala and his staff deserve all of the applause for re-branding Naresh and giving us a social situation drama with out turning it right into a social research lesson.