Review: ‘Naai Sekar Returns’

The film, its makers believed, would mark the comeback of the star comedian. However, sadly, the film does not deliver and is nowhere near what one expected it to be.

Naai Sekar Returns review

Film: Naai Sekar Returns
Director: Suraaj
Cast: Vadivelu, Anandraj, Shivani Narayanan, Sivaangi, Rao Ramesh, Redin Kingsley, Munishkanth and others
Music: Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography:Vignesh Vasu

Rating: 2 stars

Director Suraj’s ‘Naai Sekar Returns’, which had triggered huge expectations in fans, unfortunately falls short of meeting those expectations.

The film, its makers believed, would mark the comeback of the star comedian. However, sadly, the film does not deliver and is nowhere near what one expected it to be.

To his credit, Suraaj seems to have come up with a decent storyline for a comedy. The story provides adequate scope to generate humour. However, the comedy sequences haven’t been carefully worked upon and therefore, don’t work at all.

As a result, what must have got you laughing gets you huffing and puffing at first and then frowning and fuming next.

The film, which has a huge star cast, primarily comprising of comedians, can’t get you to even smile let alone laugh.

The only exception to this statement is Anandraj, who is funny on occasions.

So, now that we have told you what to expect from Naai Sekar, here is a synopsis of the film.

Naai Sekar is about Sekar (Vadivelu), who, along with his sidekicks, indulges in kidnapping dogs for a ransom. However, they are simpletons who have neither the brains nor the brawn for the task.

They constantly keep bumbling and all their efforts to make money by kidnapping dogs invariably fail.

It is at this time that Sekar’s grandmother (Chachu) lets him into the secret of his birth. She tells him that long ago, when his parents were issueless, they had gone to a Bairavar temple to pray for a child.

While spending the night there, they meet a hermit, who after a long and tiring journey, arrives at the temple to rest there. The parents offer food to the hermit, who is pleased with their service and offers them a pup that he has with him.

The hermit tells the parents that the pup is special as it was born on an auspicious time with the grace of the Bairavar himself and that the place where it is kept will abound with wealth and prosperity and that all its owner’s desires will be fulfilled.

As predicted by the hermit, the couple’s desire to become parents soon gets fulfilled with Sekar being born to them. Sekar’s dad also becomes exceptionally rich.

Sekar’s dad, who loves the pup as much as he loves his son, appoints a servant (Ramesh Rao) to take care of the pup. However, the servant, who realises the significance of the pup, eventually steals it. With the pup gone, Sekar’s family becomes poor while the servant who stole the pup becomes rich.

When Sekar gets to know of this story, he and his sidekicks set out to recover the dog that is rightfully his. How they go about doing it is what the film is all about…

Vadivelu looks old in quite a few sequences. His costumes, designed to evoke laughter, unfortunately only evoke pity. His jokes too appear forced and simply fall flat.

On the technical front, Santhosh Narayanan’s music does nothing substantial for the film. It only adds to the cacophony and gives you a splitting headache.

Vignesh Vasu’s cinematography is neat and commendable but that alone is not enough to save the film.