SJ Suryah is gloriously OTT in Selvaraghavan’s equally OTT (in a good way) ‘Nenjam Marappathillai’

Posted on March 5, 2021


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In a “straight” movie like ‘NGK’, the outrageous flourishes stick out. But in a genre piece like this, they crack open a window and make the clichés breathe again.

Spoilers ahead…

There’s a scene in Nenjam Marappathillai where Selvaraghavan (almost) steps into another Tamil auteur’s territory. There’s a blind man with black glasses, so you know which director I’m talking about. But there’s more. There’s the abundance of Christian imagery. We have a religious woman, a fundamentally good woman named Mariam (Regina Cassandra). If she’s named after the mother of Jesus, her situations are often paralleled with the Son of God. Let’s just say her life on this earth comes with a crown of thorns. Anyway, back to the old man. He offers Mariam some meen kuzhambu. He then sets off to buy some bread to go with it. I thought of the Lord’s miracle with loaves and fishes.

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