Selvaraghavan’s ‘Naane Varuvean’, starring Dhanush, is a very generic supernatural thriller with very few surprises

Posted on September 29, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

The film marks the reunion of Selvaraghavan and Dhanush after ‘Mayakkam Enna’ – and it looks and feels like a hastily put-together project that leaves us with more questions than answers. 

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Selvaraghavan’s last film, Nenjam Marapidhillai, was the best thing he’d made in ages. He took a horror premise and put his stamp all over it: the film was wonderfully eccentric, and it was a thrilling portal into the mind of one of our most unique filmmakers. Selva’s new film, Naane Varuvean, is another supernatural story – and it is a big comedown. I kept looking for Selvaraghavan signatures in this largely generic narrative and maybe found one. Maybe. From the song the title is taken from to the other old songs played in the movie, each one of them has a version in Hindi or another language. In other words, these songs are all “twins”, like the characters played by Dhanush, named Kathir and Prabhu. Otherwise, there are none of the touches we expect from this filmmaker, and that includes the linear narrative that offers no surprises.

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