Nenjam Marappathillai review: SJ Suryah, Regina Cassandra-starrer is a wildly amusing but predictable horror-thriller

  • Nenjam Marappathillai evaluate: What’s refreshing concerning the movie is that it is devoid of all the standard stereotypes one might affiliate with horror films.

By Haricharan Pudipeddi

PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 01:44 PM IST

Nenjam Marappathillai

Director: Selvaraghavan

Cast: SJ Suryah, Regina Cassandra and Nandita Swetha

When Nenjam Marappathillai was initially introduced 5 years in the past, it felt prefer it was filmmaker’s Selvaraghavan’s flip to experience on the horror film wave that had gripped Tamil cinema. But little did anybody anticipate that the movie, which has lastly launched after its share of setbacks, will become one in every of its sort horror story experiences. Even although Nenjam Marappathillai treads a very acquainted path as a horror-thriller, it stands out due to some eccentric writing which solely Selvaraghavan is able to doing justice. It is this edgy, wildly over-the-top writing that saves the movie from drowning in its personal predictability.

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The movie is centered on Mariam (Regina Cassandra), a god-fearing younger lady who is raised in an orphanage with a coronary heart of gold. Unlike her ungrateful pals who have been raised by the Church; Mariam provides again each penny she earns for the betterment of the orphanage. When she lands a job as a home nanny to the kid of a wealthy couple – Ramsay (SJ Suryah) and his spouse Swetha (Nandita); Mariam sees it as a possibility to earn some massive bucks and take care of the kids within the orphanage. For Ramsay, a conniving man with no ethics; it is lust at first sight when he meets Mariam. He lusts after her a lot that he doesn’t even hesitate to take the intense step. What follows kinds the crux of the story.

In what could be finest described as Selvaraghavan’s return to type, Nenjam Marappathillai is the filmmaker’s unabashed tackle greed, lust, love and spirituality. Selvaraghavan, as soon as once more, provides us a hero who is flawed and has no qualms in glorifying his actions. In a essential scene, Ramsay sits down together with his buddy and talks about how they lived tension-free as soon as and got here up in life by hook or criminal. On the floor, it’s a problematic scene but the way in which Selvaraghavan has handled it with some eccentric writing makes it wildly amusing.

SJ Suryah as Ramsay in Nenjam Marappathillai.

As a lot because the movie works as a consequence of Selvaraghavan’s quirky imaginative and prescient, it equally belongs to SJ Suryah, who makes it unimaginably humorous together with his over-the-top efficiency that works fairly properly within the movie’s favor. I’m undecided if the identical sort of efficiency from some other actor would’ve had a related affect on the movie as a lot as Suryah left. Regina Cassandra, who lately impressed in Vishal starrer Chakra, is extremely good as Mariam, a function that matches her like a glove. Nandita Swetha’s function is sidelined for probably the most a part of the movie but is successfully used in the direction of the top.

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What’s refreshing about Nenjam Marappathillai is that it is devoid of all the standard stereotypes one might affiliate with horror films. We don’t get the standard creaking doorways and shut up of the ghost on a character’s face. We nonetheless get some predictable moments but the way in which Selva treats them make for a fascinating watch.

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