Tamil star actor-director duo Dhanush and Selvaraghavan’s film, Naane Varuvean is released in Telugu as Nene Vasthunna. Let’s see how it fares.
Story: The film prominently revolves around twin brothers Kadir and Prabhu who don’t share a good rapport from childhood. Due to psychological issues of Kadir, even the family will leave him. What is the conflict point between the twins? After twenty years, a situation brings the twins together? What is the situation? How are the kids of twin brothers involved in it, forms the crucial crux.
Performances: Dhanush’s acting in the dual role is good. His makeover for both the roles is visible on screen. Dhanush’s natural performance is an added advantage for a few key family emotional scenes. To simplify, Dhanush’s performance is a backbone for this psychological drama.
Noted actor Prabhu did an extended cameo role and is okay with his acting. Both the heroines Elli AvrRam and Indhuja Ravichandran are fine with their acting in their respective roles.
Selvaraghavan himself did a small role which has no prominent in the film. The child artists who played key roles as children of the twins are convincing with their acting. Yogi Babu evokes decent fun in the given limited role.
Technicalities: The photography by Om Prakash registers well as he showcased the flavour of the film nicely. Om Prakash tried to capture the forest locations is a stunning manner with night mood effect through his lens.
Bhuvan Srinivasan’s editing work is okay. He locked a reasonable runtime for the film by trimming the unwanted scenes.
The music composed by Yuva Shankar Raja is a major highlight for the film as he songs and background score carry the mood of the film. Production values are fine.
Analysis: Director Selvaraghavan who is known for making different kind of films came up a good concept which is related to twin brothers for Nene Vasthunna. Incorporating psychological elements in the proceedings is also a decent idea but the director lost his judgement in making the second half in an engaging note.
After Kadir’s character introduction towards the interval block, everyone expects an intense drama and action from the role in the second half but the director disappoints big-time with his flat and unexcited scene order during this time.
To summerize, Nene Vasthunna is a psychological thriller that has a good first half but the second half narrative totally disappoints. While Dhanush did his part perfectly, Selvaraghavan’s treatment in the latter half dilutes the audience interest completely.
Verdict: Only for the first half!