Come to think of it, Thiru’s Naan Sigappu Manithan (NSM) is a simple revenge saga that gets interesting because of the inclusion of a rare sleeping disorder called Narcolepsy into the narrative. This also proves that there are several ways to narrate a story that has been milked dry for decades now. NSM becomes a fine example of presenting a simple story just the way you and I would have never imagined and yet feature elements that will appeal to the masses.
How does Indran (Vishal) suffering from a sleep disorder called Narcolepsy, which sends a patient to deep sleep whenever extreme emotion is experienced, take revenge against those responsible for something extremely painful in his life?
Director Thiru deserves to be lauded for a spinning an engaging thriller in which you don’t have anyone to root for. Of course, we have the hero, played by Vishal, but he keeps falling asleep every time he experiences extreme emotion. This being the case, audiences don’t even get an opportunity to cheer for a hero or their star. Nevertheless, you connect with film more on an emotional level and that is one of the reasons you won’t NSM even though it has very weird twist in the second half.
While the twist does have strong reasons that are neatly justified in the narrative, you’re still not convinced with it. This could be one of the factors many may dislike or even love the film. I, for a reason, didn’t quite like the twist and was left a little disappointed. Nevertheless, it’s a film that you would enjoy mostly, thanks to an engaging narrative and Vishal’s subtle performance.
After Pandiya Nadu, good luck continues for Vishal with NSM, in which he plays the role quite convincingly. Let’s not forget that he’s a six-footer and for someone of his height to keep falling off at regular intervals, is not easy, as each fall should also look authentic.
Naan Sigappu Manithan is not an exception thriller, but it definitely has the potential to keep you hooked for over two and a half hours.