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A good, quintessential entertainer.
Summary : Hip Hop Tamizha’s Natpe Thunai thankfully falls on the greener side, coming off as a fun-filled entertainer that could please the youth big time.
Cast: Hiphop Tamizha Aadhi, Karu Palaniappan, Anagha, Harish Uthaman, Pandiarajan, Kousalya, Chutti Aravind, RJ Vignesh, Put Chutney Rajmohan, Shah Ra, Bijili Ramesh, Eruma Saani Vijay, Ashwin Jerome, Ananth Ram & others
Cinematography: Aravinnd Singh
Music: Hiphop Tamizha Aadhi
Editing: Fenny Oliver
Art Director: Guru Raj & Ponraj Kumar
Story & Screenplay: Devesh & Sreekanth
Director: Parthiban Desingu
Produced by: Khushboo Sundar & Sundar C for Avni Movies
Distribution: Screen Scene Media Entertainment
Release Date: 04-04-2019
Run Time: 02:36:00
Sports films are becoming a soft spot in Tamil cinema for directors, who go ahead with the idea to elevate the final hour of the film and bring in the cheers from the audiences. While some films have done it successfully, many have failed to come to par level. Hip Hop Tamizha’s Natpe Thunai thankfully falls on the greener side, coming off as a fun-filled entertainer that could please the youth big time.
Cut from the same cloth as Meesaya Murukku, the film follows the same pattern in taking its own sweet time to open up the storyline. The first half has very little story progression with some inane comics here and there – the comedy and the entertainment portions are largely youth centric and will not work with everybody. But for Karu Palaniappan’s sarcastic show which is the most entertaining aspect, the film waits until the interval block to get into full throttle, and the payoff thereon is pretty good. Though there is not much of an emotional connect, the second half travels on a good pace throughout, with the climax hockey game working out quite nicely.
It’s a decent outing for Hip Hop Tamizha as an actor. Despite having lot more grounds to cover, he is a neat fit to the role and does not make it a blunder at any point. The rest of the cast, packed with some known faces and YouTube stars are apt, with each having something significant to do at one point in the film, at least. The casting team deserves a special mention for picking two names – Harish Uthaman as the coach is impressive in a role that forgets his action image, while Karu Palaniappan is effortlessly fantastic as the sarcastic and opportunistic politician. The latter truly reminds us of late actor-director Manivannan with his actions, which will you leave you in splits at many places.
Musically, it’s a terrific outing for Hip Hop Tamizha even though the standard of the songs are one step below Meesaya Murukku. The way the songs have been picturized make it one of the biggest USPs of the film, as they do not come in as speed-breakers but instead add up to the entertainment quotient of the film. The cinematography by Aravinnd Singh is adequate; he is capable of something better.
In a film that has so much scope for entertainment, it is the comedy which works out only in bits and pieces. With some more attention to the wisecracks on the writing table, Natpe Thunai could have ended up being a better outing. However, it does not falter too badly at any point and comes out as a clean entertainer with a handful of good moments that make it click.
Natpe Thunai Movie Review Rating: 3/5
Written By: Siddarth Srinivas
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