South Stream: Vijay Sethupathi’s Naanum Rowdy Dhaan

In the sixteenth edition of South Stream, we recommend director Vignesh Shivan’s Naanum Rowdy Dhaan in the lead roles of Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara.

Wise people know that comedy is a serious business. It is quite easy to frighten audience jumps or make them a gamut of emotions with little effort. But it is not easy to make people laugh. Because it’s a serious business.

And today, in mainstream films, the art of doing comedy has been reduced by showing off one’s looks or women as objectionable. Rarely, we see a movie in Tamil that tells us serious jokes without laughing. Director Vignesh Shivan’s 2015 dark comedy Naanum Rowdy Dhaan is a rare movie in that sense.

Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (I am also a Rowdy) is a film about a girl on the path of revenge. No, that samurai is not wielding a sword nor going on a killing spree. This is not that type of film. Vignesh gives almost parody treatment to this revenge drama and counts every joke.

The film is set in Pondicherry to enjoy good wine at affordable rates. It is a famous holiday destination, with beaches and mornings that are bright and sunny. The natural features of the union territory add to the holiday mood of the film.


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The story begins with a school-child who enjoys walking behind bars. If your mother is a police officer who works as a policeman, you can move out of jail without any consequences. And the child is a dotted mother in a police uniform who allows her to be spoiled and can be the same as an adult.

During his regular visit to the police station, the child runs into a warm and friendly nuisance (played by Matka Rajendran). And the two discussed who is more powerful between the police and the troublemaker?

In the story, the cop, Ravikumar (Azhagam Perumal), who is a lousy shooter, rubs the rowdy, Killivalavan (a terrific Parthiban) in a wrong way. And in return, Kilivalavan bombed Ravikumar’s house, causing his wife to die and his daughter.

Rajendran narrates this tragic story in the most animated manner thanks to his sand-paper voice, which can be funny and terrifying at the same time. The highly talented star cast is one of the reasons why this film works so effectively.

Vijay Sethupathi and RJ Balaji bring a tone of sarcasm to the way we celebrate anti-heroism in our films. Nayanthara stares at her character with a lot of innocence that triumphs in the end, despite her thirst for vengeance. The mere presence of Parthiban is a blessing for the film.



The warm, happy and funny mood that Vignesh created in the opening moments stays until the end, even when the movie becomes a bit emotional in a few places. The lively background score of composer Anirudh Ravichander coupled with chartbuster songs helps the director achieve a farcical film for revenge.

Naanum Rowdy Dhaan is streaming on Sun Next.


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