Verdict: Suriya shines bright in this astute political thriller.
Maverick director Selvaraghavan, famous for his cult classics like Pudhupettai, 7G Rainbow Colony, and Aayirathil Oruvan is back after a brief hiatus with a political thriller titled NGK aka Nanda Gopala Krishnan, starring Suriya in the lead role. Sai Pallavi and Rakul Preet Singh are the leading ladies while Devraj plays a pivotal role. Though Selva is deprived of success in the recent past, the buzz surrounding NGK has not dipped. It could be attributed to the fact that Selva’s earlier movies have been trendsetters and his combination with Yuvan Shankar Raja has created massive hits, which are still much appreciated today. With NGK, Selvaraghavan is poised to bring back his lost sheen. Let’s see if he succeeds.
What’s NGK About:
Nanda Gopala Krishna (Suriya) is an M. Tech graduate working for an MNC, happily married to Geetha Kumaran (Sai Pallavi). His passion for organic farming makes him quit his job and pursue this course. Soon after, the Pesticides Mafia starts troubling him and he is eventually forced to get into politics. Given his skills and zeal in politics, he climbs the ladder quick within the party. However, it is no smooth sailing for NGK. How he overcomes all obstacles and achieves his goals forms the rest of the plot.
NGK truly belongs to Suriya and he carries the movie on his shoulders. Undoubtedly, his performance makes every scene look better. Sai Pallavi is charming as usual and fits aptly opposite Suriya. Rakul Preet Singh is fantastic as NGK’s PR representative and adds glamor to the movie. Devraj is effective in the CM’s role and Ilavarasu, Padmanabhan and Bala Singh play their characters to perfection while keeping the story moving forward.
Direction and writing have been deftly handled and Selvaraghavan is successful in getting the best out of the actors. Though Yuvan’s music might not be his career’s best, the background score is good. Sivakumar Vijayan’s camera work is slick and in par with Selva’s earlier movies. The scale of production is vast and meets the expectations of the Suriya – Selva combo.
What Could’ve Been Better:
While the story is grand and the making is efficient, a few subplots seem unnecessary and could have easily been avoided. The editing feels shoddy at places too.
Why You Should Watch:
NGK is an out-and-out political thriller fueled with promising moments and good performances from the lead actors. Have no second thoughts if you are a fan of Suriya or Selvaraghavan style of movie-making.
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