As the name depicts, Nadan deals with the life story of a drama artist cum director Devadas (Jayaram), who runs a drama troupe named Sargavedhi. With the talent inherited from his father KPAC Bharathan (Hareesh Peradi) and grandfather (Ochira Paappukutty), Devadas and his troupe had excelled with their drama acts all over Kerala, but are now struggling for their existence.
Devadas, who is not happy with his marital life, is living separately from his wife Sudharma (Sajitha Madathil) and his children Priyamvadha (Malavika Menon) and Malu. In the flashback scenes, we are shown how the happily living family got separated. Devadas falls in love with Jyothi (Remya Nambeesan), who joins the troupe as a new lead female artist, which causes Sudharama to leave him. Rest of the movie deals with the tragedy Devadas faces in his personal and professional life.
If we had to pick the best among actors, it would be none other than Jayaram. He has carried the role of Devadas to sheer perfection. Supporting cast does not disappoint either. KPAC Lalitha has performed one of the best roles in her career as Radhamani. Hareesh Peradi as Bharathan, Malavika Menon as Priyamvadha, Joy Mathew as Krishnakumar are other notable characters. Remya Nambeesan as Jyothi and Sajitha Madathil as Sudharama are okay in their roles. Rest of the cast including Sasi Kalinga, Sudheer Karamana, Balachandran too have performed well in their roles.
Kamal deserves an applause for the effort he has taken to portray the lives and sufferings of drama troupes and artists of present days.
Script by Suresh Babu is near perfect, but the combination scenes of Jayaram and Remya Nambeesan is regarded as the only drawback of the movie. Some of the dialogues of the movie are really touching.
Cinematography by Madhu Neelakandan is appealing right from the beginning shots. Splendid visuals and camera angles add to the movie's positive side.
Music by Ouseppachan is perfect with apt BGMs and songs that syncs well to the mood of the movie. Other sections too, be it the make-up or costumes, all are well fitted and suit the characters.
Summing up, Nadan is a treat to the movie lovers, with neat direction, pleasing music; and adding to that, excellent cinematography and some spectacular performances make the movie more impressive. Don't miss it.