Kathir and Prabhu (both played by Dhanush) are identical twins in Selvaraghavan’s latest Tamil movie. From the time they were kids, Kathir has been villainous while Prabhu has been the nice guy. Because of how wicked he is, his mother decides to leave Kathir at a temple after consulting an astrologer’s forecast. We observe Prabhu 20 years later living a contented life with his wife (Indhuja Ravichandran) and daughter Sathya. However, strange occurrences sabotage their blissful existence. As Sathya converses with her “imaginary buddy,” Sonu, she becomes possessed. What is Sonu seeking? What is going on with Kathir, Prabhu’s twin? What connections do their lives have? All of these are explored in Selvaraghavan’s ‘Naane Varuvean‘.
Dhanush shows his impressive range
Dhanush has nailed it to perfection in both the characters of Kathir and Prabhu. He has displayed the softer side in the form of Prabhu and the devilish side in the form of Kathir. The performances are competent across the board: Indhuja Ravichandran as Prabhu’s doting wife, the child artists Hiya Davey Pranav and Prabhav and Elli AvrRam in a cameo as the wife of Kathir.
Full credit to Selvaraghavan for following the paranormal road without using the clichés typically found in such stories. The first half of the narrative is superbly constructed and there are enough terrifying scenes to help viewers understand why Selvaraghavan is a brilliant storyteller, especially when he’s in this genre. Prabhu’s daughter hears a boy’s voice. It’s only later that the connection between the boy and Prabhu’s family is revealed. Yuvan Shankar Raja is at his element and has given a terrific background score that played a vital role in amplifying the mood of the film. Om Prakash’s camera work is top notch and all the visuals are brilliantly captured.
WATCH OR NOT
‘Naane Varuvean; is one of its kind psychological thriller that keeps you hooked throughout. If you are a fan of thrillers, then this one is not to be missed.
Cast: Dhanush, Indhuja Ravichandran, Elli AvrRam, Prabhu, Yogi Babu