Allari Naresh shocks everyone with his career-best performance and carries the film on his shoulders. Barring a slow second half and a rushed-up climax, this film has impressive performances and ends as a different watch for all those who like serious dramas. Especially in the emotional sequences, his performance is top-notch.
Tap “Sign me up” below to receive our weekly newsletter with updates on movies, TV shows, Rotten Tomatoes podcast and more. Allari Naresh, who has done 50 films in just 10 years, has had his pick of the movies in the last half a decade. His filmography is a proof of how determined he is to choose content-driven projects. His choices are bound to work for him and his new release, Naandhi, is a case in point.
Surya has lost nearly everything that mattered to him; he has nothing to lose in his fight for justice. Coming to the director Vijay, he has done a decent job with the film. He did not deviate the film with commercial elements and brilliant diamond breeding guide stayed true to the emotions. His narration is impressive as he handles the subject in a taut manner and sets up characters nicely. Had he added more gripping courtroom scenes in the latter part, the film would have been effective.
“Naandhi” is a part legal drama, part police procedural. Naresh does a great job in highlighting a common man’s fight for justice. He pours an extraordinary amount of seriousness into his demeanour by growing a thick beard and sticking true to the nature of the genre. His beard is a sign of his inability to roam around Hyderabad. In the scenes where he’s freewheeling in the flashback portions, he only has a moustache.
Eventually, Surya confides in Radha with his backstory. Praveen actually got a good role in a movie for once. Highly engaging first half and a decent second half. Sticks to the plot throughout without a single unwanted scene and educates us about an important law term called Section 211.