Naachiyaar

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Naachiyaar
In front of a table, spread with masonry equipments like Drill, Hammer, Wedge and others a visibly upset women wearing black shirt, neck-scarf and tingy blue baseball cap is seen with a gunny sack covering her right hand upto elbow over which she twirls with barbed wire using her left hand.
Film poster
Directed byBala
Produced byBala
Written byBala
StarringJyothika
G. V. Prakash Kumar
Ivana
Music byIlayaraja
CinematographyTheni Eeshwar
Edited bySathish Suriya
Production
company
B Studios
EON Studios
Distributed byMadhumathii Films
Release date
16 February 2018
Running time
100 minutes
CountryIndia

Naachiyaar is a 2018 Tamil crime drama film written, produced and directed by Bala. The film featured Jyothika in the titular role, with G. V. Prakash Kumar and Ivana in other leading roles. The film tells the tale of the police working to uncover the truth after a young man is accused of assaulting his girlfriend. Featuring music composed by Ilaiyaraaja and cinematography by Eashwar, the film began production during March 2017 and was released on 16 February 2018.The film was a commercial success [1][2] Following the immense success of the film it has been dubbed into Telugu by the title Jhansi.[3][4] The Telugu version also received good reviews.[5]

Plot[edit]

Naachiyaar (Jyothika) is a tough policewoman in Chennai who is put in charge of solving an underage rape case. She tracks down a pregnant Arasi (Ivana), the victim, from her uncle and his goons who plan to get her an abortion. Although Naachiyaar saves Arasi, her uncle and his friends escape and go into hiding. Meanwhile, Naachiyaar's partner, Feroz arrests the suspect, Kaathu (G.V. Prakash Kumar). He is then sent to a juvenile home, where he tells his story to one of the wardens, who is soft-hearted towards him.

Through flashbacks, we see how Kaathu and Arasi first met. Both are still teenagers from the slums but they do not go to school but are forced to work to help support their respective families. Arasi works as a maid at wealthy families' homes while Kaathu does odd jobs for a living. One day, while her employers are away, Arasi invites Kaathu into the house where they (impulsively) make love. However, Arasi quickly regrets and pushes Kaathu away, who leaves upset.

Back in present day, Arasi gives birth to a healthy baby boy and Naachiyaar lets Arasi stay with her until the local government can ensure the mother and baby have a safe place to stay. However, DNA results show that Kaathu is not the father of Arasi's child. Naachiyaar decides to keep this a secret from Arasi until they can investigate this case even further.

Feroz arrests Arasi's uncle and manipulates him into leading them to a fake doctor who conducts illegal abortions. After Naachiyaar threatens him, the fake doctor reveals that one of his most powerful clients, a wealthy moneylender is the one who raped Arasi. One day, when he and Arasi was alone at home, the moneylender took advantage of her unconsciousness as a result of slipping and falling in kitchen, raped her. The old moneylender, who holds a powerful position in the society immediately calls the fake doctor once he sexually assaulted Arasi, but the fake doctor knowingly lies about it being safe despite not using condom, planning to blackmail the moneylender once Arasi becomes pregnant.

Naachiyaar and Feroz go to the moneylender to arrest him but are summoned back to their superior's office since the culprit is very well connected. After getting an information as to proposed suspension, Naachiyaar abducts the moneylender and castrates him. She then faces enquiry and gets transferred, because the board is afraid of facing bad press if an action is taken against Naachiyaar, who gained immense popularity due to the case. She took initiative to reunite Kaathu with Arasi. Her husband tells Kaathu the truth but they keep the truth from Arasi to keep her safe.

Kaathu requests Naachiyaar not to reveal the truth to Arasi. As far as Kaathu is concerned, the baby boy is his and he plans to make sure Arasi never knows the truth.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In February 2017, Bala confirmed that his next project would be a crime thriller starring Jyothika in the lead role, and chose to postpone the shoot of a proosed film featuring Yuvan and Pragathi Guruprasad.[6] To accommodate dates for the film, Jyothika opted out of her commitments to play a role alongside Vijay in Mersal (2017).[7] The film was reported to be set in the slums, with actor Sri signed to portray another leading character.[8] Bala later replaced Sri with G. V. Prakash Kumar, who agreed to work on the film simultaneously with several other projects.[9] Film producer Rockline Venkatesh also joined the cast to play a supporting role, after Bala spontaneously enquired about his interest in working as an actor.[10][11] Malayalam actress Ivana was cast in a role after Bala had spotted a news article about her work in the film, Anuraga Karikkin Vellam (2016). He requested her to find a new stage name rather than use her original name of Aleena Shaji, prompting her to use Ivana.[12] Prior to release, the media reported that the story was based on the life of psycho killer Jayaprakash, who killed nine of his relatives in the 1980s at Valasaravakkam, Chennai.[13]

The principal shoot of the film began in March 2017, with a first look poster released featuring Jyothika and G. V. Prakash Kumar.[14] As Prakash Kumar was working simultaneously on four other projects, he requested some time before starting the shoot. Instead of delaying the project, Bala worked solely on Jyothika's scenes to ensure the film was shot within the projected time of forty days. By the time he joined the set, Prakash Kumar reported to sets by 6 am every day, took an hour to put three layers of dark make-up and coloured his hair to a brownish-orange colour.[15] Unlike several of Bala's previous films, Naachiyar completed production quickly and by early July 2017, "ninety percent" of the shoot was revealed to be over, with most scenes filmed in North Chennai and studios in the city.[16] The shoot of the film was completed in mid-July 2017 in the Cuddalore district.[17] Jyothika dubbed for the role herself and Bala wanted a base voice from the actress, so sat throughout the dubbing to get the desired output. Jyothika had earlier changed her diet plans by avoiding rice, wheat and bread to reduce nearly 10 kilograms for her work in Naachiyaar.[18]

Following the release of a teaser trailer, a man named Rajan from Mettupalayam filed legal case over the use of vulgar language in the teaser, but the case was quickly dismissed.[19] Jyothika later stated that such outrage was only registered because a woman had spoken the dialogue and that the dialogue was a necessity in the film.[20] As the album featured only one song, Bala opted against releasing the soundtrack of the film prior to its release.[21]

Release[edit]

Tamil Nadu theatrical rights of the film were sold for 5.5 crore.[22] The film received positive reviews, with critics lauding Jyothika's performance.[23] The film had a good run at the box office.

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Jyothika in Bala's film". Deccanchronicle.com. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
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  11. ^ "Rockline Venkatesh is all praise for director Bala and `Nachiyaar`!". Sify.com. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  12. ^ "Naachiyaar: A debut to remember for Ivana". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  13. ^ "Is Bala`s `Naachiaar` based on a famous real-life incident?". Sify.com. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  14. ^ "Surya unveils first look of Jyothika-Bala film, titled as Naachiyaar". The News Minute. 2017-02-28. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  15. ^ "The GV Prakash interview | 'I don't mind doing a film like Naachiyaar again'". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  16. ^ "Bala's `Naachiyaar` nears completion". Sify.com. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  17. ^ "Bala`s `Naachiyaar` wrapped up". Sify.com. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
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  19. ^ "Case against Jyothika, director Bala for swear word in Naachiyaar teaser". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  20. ^ "Jyothika's answer to using swear word in 'Naachiyaar' - Tamil Movie News - IndiaGlitz.com".
  21. ^ "Bala's 'Naachiyaar' gets ready for Feb 16!". Sify.com. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  22. ^ "Naachiyaar TN theatrical rights".
  23. ^ "Naachiyaar movie review: This riveting Jyothika, GV Prakash starrer will keep you hooked till the end".

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