Naan Than Bala

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Naan Than Bala
Naan thaan bala.jpg
Directed byKannan
Produced byJ. A. Lawrence
StarringVivek
Shwetha Bandekar
Venkatraj J
Music byVenkat Krishi
CinematographyAzhagiya Manalavan
Edited byVijay Velukutty
Production
company
SSS Entertainments
Release date
13 June 2014
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Naan Than Bala (English: I'm Bala) is a 2014 Tamil drama film directed by Kannan and produced by J. A. Lawrence under SSS Entertainments. Vivek plays the film's lead role.[1] The film released on 13 June 2014.

Plot[edit]

Bala (Vivek), a poor priest, lives in an agraharam in Kumbakonam, looking after his aged parents and performing puja at a Perumal temple. Circumstances force him to accept help from a hired killer named Poochi (Venkatraj J) to save his father from a jail sentence. Life takes an unfortunate turn for Bala. Unable to bear the taunts of the neighbours, Bala’s parents commit suicide. Bala is forced to leave the agraharam. He begins a new life with Poochi in Kancheepuram. Vaishali (Shwetha Bandekar), a young Saurashtrian who sells poli on the streets, comes into Bala's life.[2] Soon they get engaged. Meanwhile, a close friendship develops between Bala and Poochi. Bala learns of Poochi’s true identity. The police are desperate to hunt down Poochi. Bala is a good influence on Poochi, and he reforms a cold-hearted killer. The second half is all about whether their friendship survives this war of principles.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Kannan had approached Vivek with the script and the team began preliminary work in June 2013.[3] In November 2013, Vivek confirmed filming had started and stated he would portray the role of a Hindu priest at a Perumal temple in Kumbakonam, who gets into a relationship with a local thug. He said that he opted to move away from his usual comedy roles after being advised by director Bala and Kamal Haasan.[4] During production, the media wrongly reported that R. Kannan who had made Settai (2013) was director of the film. He later clarified it was not him but R. Kannan.[5]

The team held a large scale audio launch event in December 2013 at Kamala Theatre, Chennai with Mani Ratnam, Bharathiraja, K. Balachander and A. R. Rahman in attendance as chief guests.[6] Vivek was insistent that Rahman attended the event and pushed back the launch by a week and changed the setting from Sathyam Cinemas, in order to accommodate the composer.[7]

Music[edit]

Song Title Singers Lyricist
"Thiru vai" Priyadarshini Vaali
"Uyire" Srinivas, Priyadarshini Na. Muthukumar
"Amma Romba" Baby Lokeswari Prabhu Na. Muthukumar
"Ariyama" Madhu Balakrishnan Na. Muthukumar
"Bhojanam" Priya sisters Na. Muthukumar
"Kanmani Penmani" Priya sisters Na. Muthukumar
"Eruna Rayiluthan" Haricharan, Suchitra Ilaiyakammban

Release[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Jaya TV.

Reception[edit]

Baradwaj Rangan wrote, "Naan Than Bala should have been shattering drama. That it isn’t is a function of the usual problems of our cinema — sketchy performances in the supporting parts, flavourless romance, comedy that constantly undermines the film’s seriousness, lazy contrivances, mood-killing songs and an over-the-top ending".[2] The Times of India gave the film 2 stars out of 5 and wrote, "There is juicy melodrama in-built in the story of Naan Than Bala but the writing and direction are plain amateurish. The trouble is that the director, Kannan, never really has a grip on this material...Kannan's treatment of this material is at best TV serial melodrama".[8] IANS gave 2.5 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Shoddy writing and direction makes Naan Than Bala a boring film despite good intention".[9] The New Indian Express wrote, "The plot did have the potential to turn into an intriguing play-out of human inadequacies and emotions. But the director fails to capitalise on it".[10] Silverscreen.in wrote, "There is nothing wrong with the premise in itself : a simple tale of amity between a Hindu priest and a hardened criminal, but there is a lot wrong with the execution".[11] Behindwoods gave it 1.75 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Naan Than Bala is an old tale of Dharma’s triumph over evil that doesn’t engage you well enough and is kind of preachy at places, but with a very heartfelt performance from Vivek".[12] Indiaglitz.com also gave 1.75 out of 5 and wrote, "Debutante director R.Kannan's intentions are noble. But what hampers the overall impact is the script replete with cliches and uninteresting narration. The glitches in writing and execution are too many to let us hope that a good message and Vivekh's acting prowess can help the film sail through".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MOVIEBUZZ. "Vivek starts 'Naan Thaan Bala'". sify.com. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b Rangan, Baradwaj (14 June 2014). "Naan Than Bala: Friends with benedictions". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Feels privileged to work with Kalam: Vivek". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Vivek to take the serious route!". sify.com. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Confusion over who is Vivek's director!". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  6. ^ ""Kamal told me now's the time to do something different" - Vivek". behindwoods.com. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  7. ^ http://www.southscope.in/tamil/article/racing-towards-crore?page=2
  8. ^ Naan Than Bala Movie Review {2/5}: Critic Review of Naan Than Bala by Times of India, retrieved 29 September 2018
  9. ^ IANS (14 June 2014). "'Naan Than Bala' a film with good intention (IANS Tamil Movie Review)". Business Standard India. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Vivekh Does a Serious Lead Role With Nonchalance". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  11. ^ Naan Than Bala Review | Silverscreen.in
  12. ^ "Naan Than Bala (aka) Naanthan Bala review". behindwoods.com. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Naan Than Bala review. Naan Than Bala Tamil movie review, story, rating - IndiaGlitz.com". IndiaGlitz.com. Retrieved 29 September 2018.

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