A Quirky Ride That Is Reasonable Fun While It Lasts!
Selva keeps it both simple and experimental in Nenjam Marapadhillai. He doesnt deviate from the age old God vs Satan template but plays around with his characters by giving them these eccentric streaks. And who better than S.J. Suryah to sell the eccentricity on screen. For a while you wonder if the eccentricity is forced with Ramsay aka Ramasamy breaking into English frequently for no apparent reason. But everything falls into place once you hear his backstory. S.J. Suryah as usual is terrific and seems to have had a ball playing Ramsay.(more)
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The extremely original Nenjam Marappathillai turns out to be an unforgettable film with Selva proving he's on a different league altogether.
As a horror film, certain elements would be expected for commercial value, such as jump scares and an eerie, loud background score. Selva breaks all those completely and delivers a horror film that banks solely on the characters' emotions and the script. Other films have separate comedy tracks involving the ghost breaking it's character, but here everything is realistic and within the framework of the film. (more)
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Nenjam Marappathillai is a minor return to form for Selvaraghavan
Yuvan Shankar Raja's trippy music recalls the synth-pop feel of the music of the 80s. We even get a climactic showdown that seems to be an attempt to recreate the balletic stunts of the martial arts movies(more)
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Selvaraghavan's long-delayed 'Nenjam Marappathillai' rewrites the conventions of horror, putting an interesting spin on the genre, to illustrate a larger theme of God versus Satan by (intentionally) having a virgin lady as the protagonist(more)
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Selvaraghavan delivers an entertaining, trippy ride
Nenjam Marappathillai is what a director might find when he goes to the shooting with a vow to not follow the script. Instead, he rolls up his sleeves, and goes to work with his crew, determined to create something more wonderful, and tangible than what his mind imagined in the writer�s room. While watching the film, I could imagine Selvaraghavan working with his actors, guiding them, imbuing them with emotions and ideas, helping each of them to deliver a realized performance(more)
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A fairly engaging thriller!
The story might sound as old as the hill but Selvaraghavan's stylish execution is the biggest highlight. The entire setup is the home ground for Selva and he hits the ball out of the park. SJ Suryah completely steals the show as the lecherous businessman with a deadly performance. His histrionics remind us of Sivaji Ganesan and Major Sundararajan, we could also witness traces of Selvaraghavan film heroes. Undeniably, Ramsay is one of the finest yet entertaining characters of SJ Suryah. (more)
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Selvaraghavan's sexual harassment film addresses everything else but
Nenjam Marappadhillai is a shallow, convenient sort of film, that can only excite those who are already entranced by the Selvaraghavan universe. For the rest of us, it is an exhausting mess. (more)
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