Vidya Pradeep: The unconventional Nayagi

If you take a look at Vidya Pradeep’s body of work and attempted to describe it all with a single word, ‘unconventional’ would be it. The research scientist-turned-actor played a mother in her debut, Saivam. She followed this up with another unique choice in Pasanga 2, where she plays Munishkanth’s wife and a mother again. She turned lead with Kalari, but also played a grey character in Iravukku Ayiram Kangal. Surprising everyone, she also made her way to television, playing the lead in the Tamil soap, Nayagi. Such choices naturally raised questions. “There were several questions when I agreed to do Saivam. But I have approached the roles only as an artiste — what scope they provide me and what I can bring to that character. I didn’t really think of what would happen afterward.”

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Iravukku Aayiram Kangal movie review: An intriguing plot let down by messy execution

Arulnithi sure has a penchant for scripts that are interesting. After Mouna Guru, Demonte Colony and even Brindavanam, we get Iravukku Aayiram Kangal, a whodunit thriller. It is not just a whodunnit thriller, the film takes a hyperlink narrative and a non-linear timeline as well. The idea is to make us piece the jigsaw together and make it difficult for us. But in the process, the details necessary to make a hyperlink narrative work goes kaput, leaving us with a mere interesting core. Continue reading “Iravukku Aayiram Kangal movie review: An intriguing plot let down by messy execution”

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