Naane Varuvean Review
Mayakkam Enna and the brothers inNaane Varuvean both tell the story of identical twins, which has led to the collaboration between Selvaraghavan and Dhanush. However, in contrast to their actual connection, the one shown in the film is fraught with peril, trauma, and mental and physical violence. When it comes to exploring the shadowy corners of the human psyche, Selvaraghavan’s films featuring Dhanush have always been among the best. Kaadhal Kondein, Selvaraghavan’s first film in the director’s chair, starred Dhanush and examined the shadowy side of possessiveness and obsession. They made waves in Pudhupettai by exposing the underbelly of the criminal underworld. Both of them plunged headfirst into the pit of despair at Mayakkam Enna. Now they’re delving into the murkier parts of sibling relationships.
Naane Varuvean’s blend of fantasy and fiction helps, and I would not say the film as a whole is lacklustre. When Kathir, now an adult and living in Chopta, finally lets his family in on the truth, it’s one of the film’s most memorable scenes. His family’s anxieties, his own hurt at not being able to conceal his actual personality for long enough, and Kathir’s constant reminders of his previous abandonment all come crashing together at that very time. Kathir may be operating in the shadows, but there is sufficient light on him to show that he has become a monstrous reality. One who really wished to think that he was worthy of love and affection.