Acting by cast
The movie had various reasons for the crowd to build up the hype. A Selvaraghavan movie with a Yuvan combo.
A Suriya starrer, in a rather cooler and off-beat role. Sai Pallavi and Rakul in the cast.
These reasons kept the crowd in hype for sure. But does the movie live up to the hype? Read on.
NGK is about the path travelled by the lead role Nandha Gopala Kumaran played by Suriya with a clean, impressive performance.
You can find a 70-90% of the plot outline with that of LKG – just lesser comedy and sarcasm.
But you also have some comedy and sarcasm in NGK too.
Though a different kind of genre for Selvaraghavan and for Suriya himself, the plot is not very deep.
And due to its resemblance with the recent political satire LKG, NGK fails to impress us.
More than the political core, the movie focuses on the journey of NGK himself – which is good.
But the layers added to the plot makes it difficult for us to relate to and settle with anything regarding the story.
NGK fails to please his mother when he is into organic farming, leaving behind his posh job.
He then happens to cross lines with the traders of the field, and they put everything down that NGK builds.
It is then he realises to jump into politics to clean up the system. How he manages to do that is presented in a raw, inconsistent manner creating very little impact.
Selvaraghavan has substantially deviated from his way of story telling in NGK. That’s a big minus for the Selvaraghavan fans who would go see the movie with huge expectations.
The screenplay is inconsistent, with generously sprinkled logic loopholes.
The characters are poorly written and that makes us not care about them beyond a certain level.
Comparatively, Suriya’s and Sai Pallavi’s role are stronger than the others. However, compared to the conventional Selvaraghavan’s way of building women characters, Sai Pallavi’s role is still down the standards.
As said earlier, the inconsistency and the logical loopholes destroy the movie’s taste.
Though the pace is decent and you probably won’t feel bored (except for the awfully misplaced song), still you don’t get a satisfactory feeling watching the movie.
That’s because of the jarring screenplay that fails to inject the required depth and impact on screen.
Performance by actors
Suriya’s performance is clean and refreshing. He is the best thing that has happened to NGK.
Sai Pallavi has a somewhat important role and she manages to fit in somehow. But she has done a bit of overacting that doesn’t quite match with the character.
Rakul delivers a neat performance but her characterization could have been scripted better.
Other supporting characters do their job without much mismatch.
Cinematography is quite good, especially in the scenes with poor lighting.
Stunt choreography is good, especially with the market fight and the restroom fight scenes.
Yuvan is the second best thing that has happened to NGK. Though the songs are not very great, he has done his job well in the BGM.
Editing helps carry over the pace smoothly, yet that could have been done better!
NGK: Final verdict
Overall, NGK, though a Suriya starrer Selvaraghavan film, is neither a Suriya film, nor a Selvaraghavan.
That’s how it is! Hence, it doesn’t please the audience and fails to stand up to their expectations.
And it also fails to fit into one genre leaving us confused and unimpressed.
If you have free time, and don’t mind wasting some money, you can go ahead and watch NGK.