All for hockey
Sports-based films are not a regular happening in Tamil cinema. However, if they are made in a gripping manner, they would sure strike a chord with the audience.
Understanding this fully well, music composer Hiphop Tamizha Aadhi has joined hands with director Parthiban Desingu for ‘Natpe Thunai’, a film that is a blend of sports, friendship, love and politics.
Prabhakaran’s (Hiphop Tamizha Aadhi) aim in life is to move to France. Hence, he comes to Karaikal to stay in his uncle’s house for nationality verification. There, he comes across Deepa (Anagha).
Deepa is a local hockey player and Prabhakaran helps her to get a place in the team headed by Shanmugam (Harish Uthaman), a retired military man. In the meantime, he also falls in love with her.
Prabhakaran soon realises that the Sports Minister Harichandran (Karu Palaniappan) is trying to grab away the ground in which the hockey players practice as he wants to give the turf to corporates.
If the team wins in the upcoming match, it will not just qualify to the next level, but the property too will be saved. The real identity of Prabhakaran is revealed and the rest is all about how he achieves the mission.
Aadhi is improving as an actor, while Anagha suits well to her role. Harish Uthaman has delivered an impressive performance. However, the one who leaves a lasting impression in us is Karu Palaniappan. He is menacing as scheming politician.
Aadhi has scored well in songs as well as BGM. Cinematography and editing departments are pretty good, especially during the climax hockey scene. Despite being a sports movie, the film fails to make an emotional connect with the audience. But for this, Natpe Thunai is a time-pass entertainer.
Rating: 3 out of 5