Spreading Nellai fragrance
Selvakannan, who quit his engineering job to pursue a career in cinema, has made his directorial debut with ‘Nedunalvaadai’, a film set in the backdrop of Tirunelveli and explores human emotions in an impressive and touching manner.
Interestingly, the film was crowd-funded by his college friend and the director has maintained Nellai district with realism as the watchword of the movie from the start to end.
Elango is brought up by his grandfather (Poo Ramu). The young man, who is looked down upon by his maternal uncle (Mime Gopi), has the responsibility to take care of his mother and sister.
Elango falls for a beautiful girl (Anjali Nair) in his village. He loves her loads since her presence makes many things positive in his life.
However, his grandfather is against his affair and warns him of its possible negative impacts. The elderly man wants Elango to turn his focus towards his family and its development.
But Elango, who has the craving for a good life, is equally serious about his love. How successful he is in his decision forms the rest of Nedunalvaadai.
Poo Ramu is the soul of the film as he has come up with tremendous performance. Mime Gopi is good, while Anjali Nair and Elango are adequate in their respective roles.
While the film’s simple story and straight forward screenplay impress us, equally good are music by Jose Franklin, cinematography by Vinoth Rathinasamy and editing by Kasi Viswanathan.
Though a few cliches act as minus point, ‘Nedunalvaadai’ is a film that which will certainly be relished by those who love watching rural dramas which have ample dose of family bonding and relationships.
Rating: 4 out of 5