And Vijay Sethupathi is back! He lost track after doing some off beat and experimental roles but he is at his very best when he plays that cool boy next door roles with that "thenavettu" attitude. NRD is one of Vijay Sethupathi's best performance in terms of both comedy and emotional angles. I loved the characterizations in NRD and I will talk about it a while.
NRD is about a little kid named Pandi who has this fascination towards rowdies and wanted to be one when he grows up. His mother is a police inspector and he somehow becomes a petty rowdy and leads a shady life. He meets Kadambari, and falls in love right away. Under some circumstances, her father gets killed by a rowdy and she seeks help from Pandi. He agrees and what happens next is the rest of the story.
As I said I loved the character sketch of each character. Lets start from Radhika, who played an innocent mother. She is so particular that her son becomes a police officer though he has other ideas. She even makes him promise that he marries only the girl she picks. A typical mother. RJ Balaji, who played the friend character is like a friend we all have. He is scared, cracks jokes, comes forward when his friends want him but deep inside he is scared to death. I simply loved Parthiepen's role. He took complete control of the 2nd half with his unique dialogue delivery and body language. Without his part, the film would have lost its way in the 2nd half.
Vijay Sethupathi was awesome with his performance. His character had a love angle and a touch of emotional side too. He pulled off this role in style. What can I say about the lady superstar Nayanthara. She played a deaf girl and her acting was flawless. She is an natural performer for sure. Am totally impressed with her selection of films and she is definitely getting prettier with each film. Motta Rajendran too rocked in a small role.
I liked the screenplay to an extent. It had some dull moments here and there but the comedy portions made up for the slack scenes. There were no unnecessary Songs and the film is a complete entertainment package. Loved Anirudh's music and songs. Especially, in the climax when the rowdies are chasing, there comes this soothing melodious love song. Simply brilliant. Cinematography was top class with respect to framing and color toning. The film had a vibrant and energetic feel throughout.
NRD is a must watch as its a clean entertainer, where you can forget everything and time pass for 2 hours. It has some neat performances, quality music and loads of humor. Do not miss it.