NGK MOVIE REVIEW


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Censor Rating : U
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NGK CAST & CREW
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Production: Dream Warrior Pictures
Cast: Rakul Preet Singh, Sai Pallavi, Suriya
Direction: Selvaraghavan
Screenplay: Selvaraghavan
Story: Selvaraghavan
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Background score: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Sivakumar Vijayan
Editing: Praveen KL
Art direction: RK Vijaimurugan
PRO: Johnson

Director Selvaraghavan is back with a political film after a long time with Suriya's NGK and the film revolves around Nandha Gopala Kumaran's (NGK) rise to power among the ranks of his party. But this journey looks more like a confused take on modern-day politics. In ways more than one, the film takes the middle ground in a lot of issues. While taking a middle ground is a perspective by itself, there is a lack of clarity.Lots of it, especially in the later half.

For instance, The film opens with NGK involved in Organic farming. Why and what happens after that is a question mark? There is a subplot involving Geetham (Sai Pallavi) and Vaanathi (Rakul Preet Singh), and NGK has to choose his partner between the two. He wants youngsters to come into politics but keeps taking advice from an elderly person, Giri (Bala Singh) who looks like a caricature of MGR. In short, the film by itself is perplexed about what it wants to say, or rather how it wants to convey what it wants to. This confusion extends to the technical aspects as well.

Sivakumar Vijayan's cinematography reminds us of his work in Kolamaavu Kokila, partially due to the combination of neon lighting and warm colours used. However, it looks totally out of place and doesn't complement the story. Yuvan's background score is good in parts. When the film is picking up pace, we are suddenly presented with a song that is not just a speed breaker, but a spike strip. Few scenes in the second half lack the purpose and adds confusion, eg. the scene where Suriya and Bala Singh rehearse speech for the next day party meeting.

Along with Yuvan's background score, Suriya's portrayal of NGK is astounding and the eccentricity of the character comes across well. But why is he eccentric is a question unanswered. On the other hand, Sai Pallavi and Rakul Preet Singh's characterization by Selva is beautiful. He doesn't treat them like dolls, and they both get moments that it's about them rather than the hero. The film treats its women so well that among a group of henchmen, there are a few women who fight equally well. Writing such characters have been Selva's forte and that is also one of the reasons why the film fails to engage you.

The film is highly predictable and has no new elements. There are issues with the screenplay to an extent that while leaving the screen, you still have doubts on why specific scenes existed. At times, the expression of the actors in the background crowd gives you strong hints about what is about to happen next.

The plot here is wafer-thin, and Selva keeps mounting more tension on it till a point where it crumbles. That's what lets NGK down. A more trimmed film, with a tighter screenplay and novelties, would have made NGK far better than what it is.


Verdict: NGK becomes a usual political drama but is watchable for Suriya's performance.

BEHINDWOODS REVIEW BOARD RATING

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( 2.25 / 5.0 )

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SONGS REVIEW

Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
Album Release Date : Apr 30,2019

Thandalkaaran

Singer - K.G.Ranjith
Lyrics - Kabilan

This was NGK's first single track to get released and it is a good folk song from Yuvan Shankar Raja that voices out various issues prevalent in the society like casteism, westernization, and more. The percussion offers the song the extra punch it needs to make it hard hitting. The song has a rousing feeling attached, which makes it addictive. Yuvan is also cautious enough to not make the song sound monotonous. KG Ranjith's voice and the usage of electronic music adds variety to the number.

Thimiranumda

Singer - Jithin Raj
Lyrics - Vignesh ShivN

Thimiranumda looks like a companion track to Thandalkaaran. If Thandalkaaran highlighted the problems in society, Thimiranumda is one that inspires you to stand up against that. Its success is heavily dependent on Vignesh ShivN's lyrics. The sounding of the song reminds you of Enga Area song from Pudhupettai, which also saw the Selva-Yuvan combo unite. If Enga Area was an impulsive number from Yuvan, this one takes a different course to be a slow, thumping, and well-thought.

Anbae Peranbae
 
Singers - Sid Sriram, Shreya Ghoshal
Lyrics - Uma Devi

This song starts as a melody that is carried by the quality of the vocalists - Shreya Ghosal and Sid Sriram, the recent favourite of many currently, but the song is not just about them. Yuvan begins to charm us with the violin interlude, that has a soothing effect on us. Like her previous romantic songs, Umadevi strikes gold with the lyrics. A well-orchestrated melody from Yuvan, that will stay in your playlists for a long time.

Pothaachalum

Singer - Sivam
Lyrics - Selvaraghavan

 

Just when you think that the album lacks a fiery number that most Selva film albums have, Yuvan gifts us with Pothachaalum. There are minimal words, but it is compensated well by Yuvan's music that sends you to a psychedelic trance midway through. This is also the pick of the album, despite its short length. This song is an answer to - "What happens when Yuvan and Selva decide to become reckless?"

Verdict: Yuvan delivers a striking album for Suriya and Selva's grand NGK!
3
( 3.0 / 5.0 )

NGK (aka) Suriya36

NGK (aka) Suriya36 is a Tamil movie. Rakul Preet Singh, Sai Pallavi, Suriya are part of the cast of NGK (aka) Suriya36. The movie is directed by Selvaraghavan. Music is by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Production by Dream Warrior Pictures, cinematography by Sivakumar Vijayan, editing by Praveen KL and art direction by RK Vijaimurugan.