Your predictions turn unreliable and you become doomed right from the start just like the narcoleptic Indiran (Vishal) as he hunts down for the cruel monsters, who spoiled his life without any clues in his pocket. Welcome to the neo-noir genre of film that is often a non-prescribed genre in Tamil film industry. Years back, Murugadoss steered on this new path by borrowing a theme of short term memory loss hero hunting down the ones who murdered his wife from Christopher Nolan’s Memento. But ‘Narcolepsy’ is an attempt not so often experimented even by Hollywood and yes, if you ought to get the right catch, it’s just a rom-com made in 2008 titled ‘The tale of a suicidal narcoleptic’.
Let’s get away from these comparisons and its Thiru showing up with captivating elements more promising than his previous film ‘Samar’.
Vishal executes a perfect mode in exerting the right punch of emotions as the script demands. It’s obvious that he has completely surrendered himself to the script and characterisation. Such instances are so much ample just by the beginning of film. Lakshmi Menon in a new avatar doesn’t show up with new changeover, but a realistic performance as well. The beautiful moments they share in poetic intimacies are a rarity onscreen. Thiru has embedded these portions so much efficiently and the racy thrill elements aren’t an exception. The complete second half with the secrets unravelled with a flashback shocks us and so is the gruesome gang-rape during the intermission. In spite of having an exceeding length, the film keeps up the right momentum engaging the audiences. Jagan is refreshing with his witty lines and so is Saranya Ponvannan as Vishal’s mother. Sunder is a surprise and so is Iniya. An actress really needs a lot of guts to perform such a role and hats off to Iniya. Jayaprakash as a caring and desolated father turns our eyes moist. The newcomers in baddie roles are overpoweringly portrayed.
GV Prakash is awesome in background score and he contributes a lot to the high-speed thriller screenplay. But the songs become a spoiler in few places as it hampers the progress of script. Richard M Nathan takes us to a different scenario with his cinematography. Although, many sequences are shot in Chennai, they look fresh and new. Not to miss his fantabulous canning of shots during the final combat and thanks to Thiru for an unbelievable twist of surprise in climax.
If you’re missing the first ten minutes of this film, you’ll have to watch it again. That’s an advice for you might miss the impact if you’re away from the screens even for a minute. What follows this opening ten minute drama is a flashback establishing the characterisation of Vishal as narcolepsy that is bound to humour and seriousness. The tone completely changes by the interval and post-intermission sequences are gripping in every part, except for the shocking flashback in second half that might pose as a disgusting factor even to male groups.
On the whole, ‘Naan Sigappu Manithan’ is a movie to watch out for its thrill and racy elements laced with lots of twists and turns. Yes, you can be assured that the film is worth watching the tickets you have paid.
Verdict: Roller-coaster emotional thriller.