NGK Movie Review
The instantaneous expectations and assumptions popped up from the moment the project ‘NGK’ was announced. Well, it was pretty much clear that NGK is a political drama and whatever treatment, it might get, still certain elements cannot be avoided, which could be a stereotypical impact as well. However, with the brand ‘Selvaraghavan’ involved, one could envisage that there could be some difference. The film is produced by SR Prakash Babu and SR Prabhu for Dream Warrior Pictures with Sai Pallavi and Rakul Preet Singh playing the major roles. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s musical score was yet another attraction for the movie.
NGK (a) Nandha Gopala Kumaran (Suriya) is a M. Tech graduate, who has left behind his luxurious IT profession and takes up organic farming. Situations that happen around his neighborhood urge him to embark on his political journey and the entire film is about the moments from being an underdog and forming an empire.
Selvaraghavan’s writing is always intense and he never compromises to settle down with commercial ingredients unnecessarily. For instance, this could have been a no-heroine film as it majorly banks upon a man’s journey. However, Selvaraghavan’s trademark style of delineating women characters in substantial roles continues here through the roles played by Sai Pallavi and Rakul Preet Singh. Especially, he has handled the relationship between Suriya and Rakul in a matured way, which might be considered as first of its kind in the recent times. Suriya is always at his best when it comes to ‘Angry Young Man’ roles and his fierce eyes are the greatest assets that he owns. It has worked out a lot in strengthening his character to a greater extent. Yes, we see him always in high pitched loud voice, which he could have avoided, but still the character is adorable. It looks like, there could have been some changes to his role as organic farmer after his younger brother Karthi’s Kadaikutty Singam turned to be a blockbuster. Sai Pallavi’s emotional performance is awesome and she has nailed it down so much very well. Even a bit high act would have turned out to be an exaggerated one. We get to see Rakul Preet Singh in a matured and substantial role after a long time. Ilavarasu steals the show in the first half. However, the great talents like Devaraj, Thalaivasal Vijay and Ponvannan have been terribly wasted. Rajkumar’s role is quite appreciable.
Yuvan Shankar Raja’s songs aren’t really superb. When his collaboration with Selvaraghavan happens, it’s obvious that theatres go crazy for not just high tempo numbers, but melodious ones too. Over here, except for ‘Anbe’, others are just ordinary. Even the BGM isn’t what we routinely get from YSR. Cinematography is excellent and it never misses to carry the unique tones that Selva movies usually have. The set works are top-notch, particularly the market backdrop during climax fight.
While the first half proceeds with an engrossing impact and lots of enthralling moments, the second hour fails to impress us. We can easily predict what’s going to happen as it’s nothing but bits and pieces of replica from already watched movies like ‘Mudhalvan’ for the protagonist’s personal life is devastated due to his ambitious political drive.
Overall, NGK brings up stellar performances from the actors and even the screenplay is quite brilliant in first hour, but it goes down to the mediocre by the latter portions and we miss the crazy fever in theatres by the end credits, where we see ‘A SELVARAGHAVAN FILM’.
- NGK MOVIE RATINGS - 55%55%
The film doesn’t come anywhere closer to Selvaraghavan’s erstwhile masterpieces. Despites good performances, it remains too middling.