Produced by Dhayanidhi Azhagiri and Vetrimaaran and released by Udhayanidhi Stalin, Udhayam NH4 is directed by Manimaran, an associate of National award winning director Vetrimaaran. The movie, originally titled Desiya Nedunchaalai and planned with Dhanush and Kirat Bhattal by director Vetrimaaran a few years ago, was shelved. Instead, Dhanush and Vetrimaraan worked together for Polladhavan. The script of Desiya Nedunchaalai was later given to Manimaaran. Due to difficulties in registering the said title, it was titled Udhayam NH4. The changed cast consists of Siddharth, Ashrita Shetty, Kay Kay Menon in the lead roles along with Avinash and Naren. Cinematography is by Velraj, Editing by Kishre Te and music by G.V. Prakash Kumar.
Udhayam NH4 is about the lovers Prabhu (Siddharth) and Rithika (Ashrita Shetty), daughter of a minister (Avinash) who is against the match. Supported by his friends and his sister’s husband (Naren), Prabhu decides to flee the city along with Rithika by staging a kidnap drama, then planning to get married.
With his political aspirations at stake, the minister hires encounter specialist Manoj to covertly conduct a top secret search-and-rescue hunt for his daughter without anybody else coming to know of it. This sets off a cat-and-mouse chase between the lovers and Manoj Menon (Kay Kay Menon).
Udhayam NH4 works wonders mainly because of the narration and characterization ably supported by memorable performances by the entire cast. Siddharth as Prabhu is more mature, serious and smart than the one we saw in Ayutha Ezhuthu or Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Eppadi. He is not the angry young man whose acts are dictated by his heart alone; he gives serious thought before doing anything bold. And when things go awry, he handles them effectively. Already enjoying a huge female fan following, Udhayam NH4 will only take him to greater heights. He is already a popular actor in Telugu, but Udhayam NH4’s racy script makes him a successful commercial hero in Tamil also. As Prabhu, Siddharth steals the show and makes the sequences believable, especially the fights. No, he does not perform matrix stunts but hits so hard that the opponent falls! Kudus to Siddharth for this stunning performance!
Cute and lovable, Ashrita Shetty plays Rithika, the rich, responsible and bold lass eager to flee from the clutches of her strict and unethical politician father. Avinash and Naren do justice to their roles. Another scene-stealer is Kay Kay Menon. As encounter specialist Manoj he is both menacing and humorous, especially while interacting with his nagging wife. Very few actors are capable of performing such a role with ease and Kay Kay seems to effortlessly enjoy delivering a performance worth appreciating to the hilt!
The supporting cast is a perfect selection and helps in keeping the movie engaging. G.V. Prakash Kumar’s background music is jarring at times and could have been toned down. The songs are already hits and enhance the joy of viewing the movie. Gaana Bala’s ‘Ora Kannala’ and Saindhavi’s ‘Yaaro Evan’ are our picks. Velraj’s cinematography matches the speed in the screenplay. Editing by Kishore Te makes the movie racy and the flashback woven in the narration does not bore us since the cuts are apt.
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