Naaigal Jaakirathai (Tamil, 2014)

In an operation to save to girl from a bunch of masked kidnappers, Karthik loses his colleague and gets hit in the leg by the gangsters. The leader escapes while one is captured and one is dead. Having been affected both physically & mentally, he is stuck at home when a military-trained dog comically named Subramani comes into his custody & brings color to his life. Karthik’s wife is now kidnapped by the same gang again however this time it is not business, but personal.
Language:
Tamil
Running Time:
114 min
Rating:
U
Release date:
21 November 2014
Directed by:
Shakti Soundar Rajan
Produced by:
Sathyaraj
Maheswari Sathyaraj
Written by:
Shakti Soundar Rajan
Starring:
Sibiraj
Arundhati
Idoh(Belgian Shepherd dog)
Manobala
Balaji
Prinz Nithik
Music by:
C Dharan Kumar
Shot by:
Nizar Shafi
Editing by:
Praveen K. L.
N. B. Srikanth
Distributed by:
Nathambal Film Factory
Cosmo Village Release

What’s Hot

  • Sibiraj must certainly be commended for coming back with a film that has a strong story-line behind it, after laying low for a considerable amount of time. He possesses the looks & build to be convincing as the policeman, Karthik, and performs adequately when put under stress by the antics of the antagonist towards the latter part of the first half. Balaji as the techno-villain performs admirably as the antagonist.
  • As proudly proclaimed by Sibiraj himself, the dog, Idoh is certainly the Hero of the film which made us wait till the end credits to find out the names of the dog trainers: Mohammad Mushtaque & Ishaquee. Hats off to these guys for making the dog perform stunts to the level of a commercial hero and also make it endearing enough to attract the family audiences.
  • Dharan Kumar’s stirring score certainly plays a part in upping the ante whenever Subramani challenges and succeeds. The theme sure has potential to be many people’s ringtones. Praveen’s crisp editing has also made sure that the run time is just short of 2 hours.
  • Shakti Rajan surprises with a captivating interval block through a well-conceived twist and another twist in the second half catches us totally off-guard. The fact that he has been able to convincingly negate the necessity for any commercial element in the script is a monumental achievement.

What’s Not

  • The film is touted as a thriller but it seldom manages to get the audience to the edge of their seats in the second half. The final act is set amidst a murky forest – the hero has a trauma related disorder – there is a race against time – the villain is highly advanced; everything seems rightly put, but the situation never has a hold over the audience. The lack of a strong supporting actors is probably a cause.
  • Although the film’s length is short by mainstream cinema standards, the first-half bonding sequences between Karthik & Subramani could have been substituted by a strong back story to the antagonist which would have certainly added more depth.

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Verdict

Verdict Stamp

Naaigal Jakkirathai is a sensibly made film with a dog as a prime character which is a rarity in Tamizh cinema. It could have been a riveting thriller had some more depth been added to the characters.

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