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Directed by A. Sarkunam
Produced by S. Kathiresan[1]
Written by A. Sarkunam
Starring Dhanush
Nazriya Nazim
Music by Ghibran
Cinematography Velraj
Edited by Raja Mohammed
Five Star Films
Distributed by Wunderbar films
Release dates
  • 11 October 2013 (2013-10-11)
Running time 158 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Naiyaandi is a 2013 Indian Tamil romantic comedy film written and directed by A. Sarkunam. The film features Dhanush and Nazriya Nazim in the lead roles. The plot focuses on a love story between a Kuthu Vilakku (lamp) shop owner and a BDS student.[2] It received 'U' certificate from Central Board of Film Certification and released on 11 October 2013.[3] The film, inspired from the 1993 Malayalam film Meleparambil Aanveedu,[4][5] received mostly negative reviews but had a decent collection in terms of boxoffice.[5][2]


This story begins with Chinna Vandu (Dhanush)who falls in love with Vanaroja (Nazriya Nazim). Chinna Vandu finds many ways to make Vanaroja to fall in love such as making her laugh, society or open the heart, but she is still not in love. One day, when her ring gets missing, her father Poongavanam (Aadukalam Naren)tells everyone to find the ring for 5 lakhs. Only Chinna Vandu finds it in front of him but he gives the ring to a poor lady and Vanaroja is now in love with him, but Chinna Vandu makes a challenge to know whether she's in love or not. It is confirmed that she is in love. She is now getting married with Krishna (Vamsi Krishna) on her birthday. Chinna Vandu gets a call from her that she getting married and he escapes from Krishna with his henchmens knowing. Krishna tries to get Chinna Vandu but he escapes. Chinna Vandu tells his uncle Soori(Soori) that he escaping. His uncle tries to find a way to live with Vanaroja, but Chinna already married her. Soori tells them to hide their marriage and go to his family in Kumbukonam. Soori brings Vanaroja to Chinna Vandu's house saying that she is an orphan and their family accepts her in. But Chinna Vandu's brother Paranjothi and Paranthavan(Sriman and Sathyan)loves her.Chinna Vandu comes there during the night so that he makes sure that his brother's do not marry her.Paranjothi and Paranthavan fall in love with Vanaroja ,their mother finds that Vanaroja is pregnant and she overthrows her out, meanwhile Krishna's men finds Vanaroja and tells him to get her. Chinna Vandu finds Vanaroja captured by Krishna and follows him. He goes in a fight and wins but Chinna Vandu is caught by his whole family and his father Sambandham(Pyramid Natrajan)does not accept this, but Vanaroja's father comes and tells Chinna Vandu's father that his daughter life needs to be happy and finally he accepts it.



In an interview with the Times of India, Sarkunam said, "Yes, Dhanush has agreed to play the lead in my next film and has signed up for the project though we are yet to confirm the producer."[6] The film which was earlier titled as Sotta Vazhakutty has now been titled as Naiyaandi.[7] While the names of Amala Paul, Samantha and Hansika Motwani were being floated around at various stages of the film's pre-production, the filmmaker has finally zeroed in on Nazriya Nazim, a child actress-turned-heroine in Mollywood, to pair opposite Dhanush.[8] Director Sarkunam started the film on 13 Feb with other artists and Dhanush joined the shoot from 21 February.[9]


Nazriya Nazim condemned the filmmakers for shooting several scenes of her character using a body double without her knowledge, such as an unseen woman's hip being pinched, suggesting the character might be the heroine.[10] She filed a complaint with the Chennai city Police Commissioner against director Sargunam, alleging that the director should show the film to her before its release.[11][12] She withdrew the complaint after the scene that she had objected to was removed.[13] Post release, Nazriya's actions were negatively received by the Tamil film fraternity, and was deemed as a publicity stunt, supposedly leading to her being "unofficially banned" from Tamil cinema.[14]

In November 2013, Malayalam producer Mani C. Kappan said that the story of the film was copied from his Meleparambil Aanveedu and he bought a stay for the film in Kerala. Mani C. Kappan says that he had planned to remake the film in Hindi and the Tamil release had weakened this opportunity. He also added that he will be doing a second part of the film in Malayalam in which Jagathi Sreekumar will do the same role in that of the previous one.[15]


Naiyaandi received negative reviews.[2]

Baradwaj Rangan wrote "Naiyaandi slavishly follows the Kollywood formula, with thoroughly exaggerated characters whom we see only on screen" and called the film a "vile mess".[16] Sify wrote, "Naiyaandi is not astounding but it is not a damp squib like most draft comedies we’ve had in recent times".[5] Behindwoods gave 2.25 out of 5 and wrote, "Naiyaandi provides a few laughs but is nothing that you have not seen before".[17] The Times of India gave 2.75 out of 5 stars and wrote "Naiyandi is a leisurely-paced film, a genteel comedy set in a small town, revolving around a romance. But what sets it apart, in a rather unfortunate way from (Sarkunam's) earlier films, is that this time, the characters and scenes are less interesting, and the tone and rhythm of the film inconsistent".[4] Hindustan Times wrote "Naiyaandi is a silly romp through school-boyish pranks, juvenile romantic inclinations, choreographed fights and a yawn of a story".[18] Rediff gave 1.5 out of 5 stars and wrote that the film "lacks a good story and seems more like an amateur, half-hearted and a disappointing attempt" and called it a "disaster".[19] Deccan Herald wrote "the slapstick comedy works in bits and parts. It suffers from a weak storyline and a sorry script".[20] IANS gave 1.5 out of 5 and wrote "Naiyaandi is a mistake every talented actor commits in his career. This one belongs to Dhanush, who has majorly disappointed one and all".[21] Oneindia rated it 2/5 and stated "The only saving grace in the movie is – Nazriya Nazim. Had she not played the female lead, it would have been difficult for audience to sit in the theatres till the end. Her controversy may not have helped the movie, but it has made people notice her talent. Dhanush has made a wrong choice"[22]


Soundtrack album by M. Ghibran
Released 19 September 2013
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Tamil
Label Hariharan Music
Producer M. Ghibran
M. Ghibran chronology
Kutti Puli
Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah

The film's album composed by M. Ghibran released on 19 September 2013. Dhanush had sung one of the songs.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Ae Le Le Etti Paarthale"   Arivumathi Leon D'Souza & Sundar Narayana Rao 4:48
2. "Inikka Inikka"   Karthik Netha Suzanne D'Mello, Padmalatha, Nivas & Sofia Symphony Orchestra 3:58
3. "Marriage Marketil"   Ve.Ramaswamy Sundar Narayana Rao 3:11
4. "Munnadi Pora Pulla"   Karthik Netha Divya Kumar, Shweta Mohan & Gold Devaraj 4:17
5. "Yendi Paathagathi"   Devendran Gold Devaraj 1:21
6. "Teddy Bear"   Viveka Dhanush 3:50
Total length:


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  22. ^ Upadhyaya, Prakash. (11 October 2013) Naiyaandi Movie Review – Oneindia Entertainment. Retrieved on 15 October 2013.

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