Movie Review: Nawab

RATING: 3/5

OVERVIEW: Bhupathi Reddy (Prakash Raj) is a powerful force in political circles and he commands his region. He is attacked by two goons in Police uniform where he and his wife (Jayasudha) succumb to heavy head injuries. His three sons (Aravind Swamy, STR and Arun Vijay) together search for the attackers and zeroes on Chinarajappa and kill his son in law. On his discharge from hospital, Bhupathi Reddy settles his problems with Chinarajappa and turns him into a friend and reveals his wife about the mind behind the attack as of one of his sons. His wife gets disturbed by that and fears Bhupathi Reddy’s reaction for that and suddenly Bhupathi Reddy passes away in his sleep. Who is the mastermind of that attack? Who takes his position out of his three sons?

REVIEW: Mani Ratnam, who is known for making movies with a huge star cast has once again made a film with all the noted artists. Starting with Prakash Raj, the award-winning actor lives in his role of an aging don. Arvind Swamy fits perfectly into the role of an aggressive and short-tempered person and his thread with Aditi Rao is good. Arun Vijay as the second son is apt in his role as the business-minded guy.

Coming to Simbu, he nailed it as Rudra, the third son. His stylish looks, short and crisp dialogues are an added advantage for the film. Not to forget, Vijay Sethupathi, he is the surprise package and plays a key role with aplomb. His performance is too good and all his innocent dialogues evoke good laughs in the film. Special mention to the person who dubbed for Sethupathi. His voice suited the star hero quite well.

Jyothika gets a respectful role in which she impressed with her natural acting. Senior actress, Jayasudha did justice to her mother’s role. Young starlet Aishwarya Rajesh as Arun Vijay’s wife is good. Aditi Rao Hydari and Dayana Erappa did a decent job in their limited screen presence. The climax twist where the entire suspense drama is unveiled looks top notch.

The story of Nawaab is good. The screenplay is engaging and dialogues are good. Songs composed by A R Rahman are nice and catchy. Though it is a dubbed movie, lyrics are written convincingly by Sirivennela Seetharama sastry. Rahman unleashes his magic in composing background score. Cinematography by Santosh Sivan is superb. Editing is fine. Stunts and action sequences are composed well. Production values are apt.

Final verdict of the film is ‘Nawab’ has some terrific scenes and the technical output is superb. The performances are efficient. You will love the way Mani Ratnam depicts the nature of the main characters. Though some scenes are not convincing, the narration is gripping.

—panchajanya