“ Even with Sreenivasan's satirical storytelling flair, socially relevant theme and presence of veteran actors, the movie fails to convince the audience and disappoints.”
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Nagaravaridhi Naduvil Njan has an unbearable length of boring existence. Don’t be tricked by seeing the cast of ‘Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala’, this movie is anything but interesting. It isn’t the script, it is the story. And a poor treatment to an already weak storyline by Shibu Balan, the director.
Sreenivasan has penned the play, by means of his familiar technique of portraying everyday miseries with a sarcastic undertone. Only that this time, it is not funny enough. Or the story logical. Even the dialogues that could have stirred some genuine laughs were dampened by its lame background score-the ones you find in old movies that cries hey-we-just-made-a-joke-here-so-you-may-laugh.
The “Nagaram” in this movie is Thrissur where Venu (Sreenivasan), an expatriate from Saudi who is back in his homeland after 30 years, finds himself struggling to put food on the table with the meagre income he earns chaperoning a city apartment.
Venu’s daughter is preparing for her medical entrance and he is in dire need of money to buy a med school seat when she fails to clear the test on merit. He is reminded of an old piece of land he had bought in the city years ago and decides to sell it to raise capitation fee. The story starts as he sets out to locate his plot in the new city along with Davis (Innocent) his dealer, only to find that people have now turned it into a garbage dump.
126 minutes long, Nagaravaridhi never rises above its banality and despite the presence of veteran actors like Sreenivasan, Manoj K Jayan, Innocent, Bheeman Raghu and Sangeetha, we often find ourselves being taught lessons of patience more than waste management which is supposedly the movie’s preachy theme. I’m going for 3 since I rated Aamayum Muyalum with a 3. This one is better than that but still bad.