SS Rajamouli was once criticised for poor graphics in his Telugu movie Chatrapati but unlike other filmmakers, who never admit the flaws in their films, Rajamouli accepted his mistakes and assured that it would never happen in his films again. Then came Magadheera (Maaveran in Tamil) and the rest is history! Now, he has taken his passion for animation to the next level in Naan Ee, a Tamil version of Eega, where a fly plays one of the leads. And the result of this movie is that it has turned out to be a techno-graphical extravaganza.
S Vijayendra Prasad, the father of SS Rajamouli, begins the proceedings by narrating the story. Sudeep (Sudeep), a womaniser and businessman, sets his eyes on micro artist Bindu (Samantha), who is on the verge of falling in love with Nani (Nani). In order to get into a relationship with Bindu, Sudeep donates money to her non-profit organisation. As he builds the friendship, he comes to know that she has started liking Nani.
This makes Sudeep to ruthlessly kill Nani, who will be reborn as a fly to seek revenge. Then, the fly gives him a hard time and attempts to kill him through different ways. Meanwhile, Bindu also realises that Nani was killed by Sudeep and helps the fly in its mission. What happens next should be seen on-screen.
On the story part, it is not a great tale, as it runs on predictable lines but the concept of a fly taking revenge backed with fantabulous CGI works would remain as a landmark film in Indian film industry. SS Rajamouli has successfully brought his imagination on-screen. What is more interesting is that he narrates the story without a boring moment in Naan Ee. However, the only drawback of the movie is the absence of regular mass-masala elements, which may not go well with a section of audience.
Next comes Sudeep, who leaves one totally spell bound with his acting. It is difficult to imagine a fly and perform, but he has amazingly acted without giving a clue to the audience that there was nothing before him. In fact, he outperforms his co-stars. Samantha is good and has given her best. Nani, though limited role, impresses audience as a lover boy. Santhanam has done a cameo.
Naan Ee is a technically brilliant movie. Firstly, KK Senthil Kumar has done a marvellous job behind the camera and he gets full marks for it, MM Keervani has given excellent songs, Ravindar's art is praise worthy, and Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao's editing is neat. Finally, SS Rajamouli, who has taken out best from his team, has proved again why he is called one of the best directors in South India. Undoubtedly, his experimental movie will win him a lot of laurels in the days to come.
Verdict: Naan Ee gets 4 out of 5.