Cast: Udhayanidhi Stalin, Aathmika, Prasanna, Srikanth
Kannai Nambathey falls in the lines of director Mu Maran’s debut film ‘Iravuku Aayiram Kangal’ – complex plot lines, an eye reference in the title and an average attempt to connect both the films. Udhayanidhi’s Kannai Nambathey is one of those films that relies on churning out one plot twist after another at the expense of becoming silly and contrived.
Kannai Nambathey follows the journey of Arun (Udhayanidhi Stalin) who, along with his new friend and roommate Somu (Prasanna), inadvertently finds himself in the middle of a murder. Mu Maran’s screenplay keeps us engaged; he throws question after question and holds you at the edge of your seat. However, once the film begins to provide explanations, it begins to fall apart. Plot twists aren’t convincing, and they come off easy.
Kannai Nambathey is the classic case of an ordinary guy pushed into extraordinary circumstances. In terms of performances, the actors have given what is needed for the story. The only good thing that came out of the movie was that it was unintentionally funny in many instances. The film had great potential, but unfortunately, it had surface-level writing and logical loopholes.
To sum it up, Kannai Nambathey (like an onion) is a collection of layers that, when unraveled, have nothing at their core, apart from leaving us teary-eyed. Probably that also explains the title.
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