Natpe Thunai

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Natpe Thunai
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Tamilநட்பே துணை
Directed byD. Parthiban Desingu
Produced bySundar C.
Written bySreekanth Vasrp
Devesh Jeyachandran
StarringHiphop Tamizha Adhi
Karu Pazhaniappan
Harish Uthaman
Sha Ra
RJ Vigneshkanth
Music byHiphop Tamizha
CinematographyAravinnd Singh
Edited byFenny Oliver
Distributed byScreen Scene Media Entertainment
Release date
  • 4 April 2019 (2019-04-04)
Running time
155 minutes

Natpe Thunai (transl. Friendship as Guidance) is a 2019 Indian Tamil language musical sports comedy film directed by D. Parthiban Desingu in his directorial debut, while Sreekanth Vasrp and Devesh Jeyachandran have written the film's story, screenplay and dialogues. Produced by Sundar. C and Kushboo under the banner Avni Movies, the film stars Adhi, newcomer Anagha, and Karu Pazhaniappan in the lead roles alongside actors Harish Uthaman, Sha Ra, Pandiarajan, and Kausalya. It is based on the sport of hockey.

This is the second film of Adhi as a lead male actor, after Meesaya Murukku (2017). Apart from acting he also scored the music, while Aravinnd Singh and Fenny Oliver handled the cinematography and editing respectively.[1] The film released on 4 April 2019, to mixed reviews but became a box office success.[2]


Prabhakaran (Adhi) is a happy-go-lucky youngster in Pondicherry whose only ambition is to move to France. He goes to Karaikal for this purpose, but there, he ends up falling in love with Deepa (Anagha), a hockey player. Through her, he comes in contact with Shanmugam (Harish Uthaman), a kindhearted retired military man who is the coach of the local hockey team.

A corporate is after the ground where Shanmugam's players practice, and they are aided by the local politician Harichandran (Karu Pazhaniappan). Later by filing a RTI about the company, Shanmugam comes to know about the corporate company's plan of setting up a factory in the ground which pollutes the nearby rivers and harmful for the nearby villagers living there. Now to save the ground from the corporate and Harichandran, Shanmugam's students should play with the Pondicherry hockey team and win the match. While selecting the hockey players for his team, he comes to know that Prabha was the 2012 Junior World Cup Indian hockey team captain who was banned for three years. When Shanmugam asks Prabha to join their hockey team and help them win the match, he refuses and narrates his past and his reasons for leaving hockey.

Prabha and Azhar (Guhan Prakash), his childhood friend, are both hockey players. Prabha is an attacker in his team, while Azhar is defense in the same team. Prabha, after being selected by national selectors, gets into the Indian hockey team and later becomes the captain of the 2012 Junior World Cup competition's Indian hockey team, but Azhar is rejected in the Indian hockey team and asks about this to his coach (Elango Kumaravel), who mocks his desire to play hockey as well as his financial status and instead tells him to help his father in his fishing business. Because of this, Azhar commits suicide in grief, and one of Prabha's friends (RJ Vigneshkanth) loses his leg to an oncoming train when he tries to save him. When Prabha comes to know about this, he gets furious and beats up his coach, because of which he gets banned for three years.

Later, Shanmugam decides to protest against the corporate company's unit being set up there with the help of his students and the local people, but Harichandran uses his dirty tricks and prevents Shanmugam from becoming successful in his protest. Harichandran later acquaints with Prabha's former coach to thwart Shanmugam's team from winning the hockey tournament.

After seeing the local people suffering, Prabha decides to join the hockey team and get back the ground. Shanmugam and Prabha train the players, and later, after facing so many difficulties, they win the match and get their ground back. When they come back to the ground, they see Harichandran (who has lost his position now) giving a speech to the press as feeling happy for Shanmugam team's victory. He comes to Prabha and blames the common people for voting leaders monetary benefits and questions Prabha if the people will elect a person who is doing good for them without any money, for which Prabha is unable to find an answer.[3]


  • Hiphop Tamizha Adhi as Prabhakaran (Prabha), India U-19 World Cup team Captain
  • Anagha as Deepa, a hockey trainee
  • Karu Pazhaniappan as Harichandran, Pondhicherry Sports Minister
  • Harish Uthaman as Shanmugam, the hockey team coach and a retired Army officer
  • Sha Ra as Sridhar, Prabha's cousin
  • Pandiarajan as Arulbose, Sridhar's father
  • Eruma Saani Vijay as Bravo (Pradeeshwaran Veerapan), Prabha's friend
  • Guhan Prakash as Azhar, Prabha's childhood friend and a hockey player
  • Ashwin Jerome as Aasif, a hockey trainee and a performed player
  • RJ Vigneshkanth as Prabha's friend
  • Kausalya as Prabha's mother
  • Elango Kumaravel as Prabha's former corrupt coach
  • Bijili Ramesh as Bruce Lee, Prabha's uncle
  • Ajay Ghosh as Deenadayalan, Deepa's father and a police inspector
  • 'Put Chutney' Rajmohan as Prakash, a sports director and Shanmugam's friend
  • Vinoth Kumar as Pandiyan, a P. E. T. Master
  • Pondy Ravi as Abdul Marakkayar, an advocate and Aasif's father
  • Mannai Sathik as Legend Mahesh, groom for Sridhar's sister
  • 'Black Sheep' Deepthi as Deepa's friend
  • 'Black Sheep 'Thyagarajan as a hockey Player
  • Tiger Garden Thangadurai as Durai, the Constable of Pondicherry and Prabha's teammate
  • Poovendhan as Kadhir, Aranganatha Hockey Ground In-Charge
  • R. S. Chelladurai as Sharbat seller and Aranganathan's friend
  • Chutti Aravind as Harichandran's PA
  • Prashanth Rangaswamy as Himself turned to a TV reporter who took the ground history as documentary
  • 'Think Music' Santhosh in a guest appearance

Fenny Oliver (editor), Sreekanth Vasrp (writer), Devesh Jeyachandran (writer), and D. Parthiban Desingu (director) appeared in cameo appearances as stage singers and performers in Sridhar's sister's marriage function.


After a successful outing in Meesaya Murukku, director Sundar C. revealed that he is all set to produce another venture that would have Hiphop Tamizha on a film written and directed by debutante Parthiban Desingu which is a film based on hockey. The pooja was held in December 15, and Hiphop Tamizha confirmed the same by sharing a picture with the film's crew.[4]


The first-look teaser of the film was released on 4 November 2018, which confirmed the title of the film as Natpe Thunai.[5] The film was all set to release on 4 April 2019.[6] Satellite rights Sold to Sun TV premiered on 25 August 2019 in Sun TV (India)


The soundtrack album was composed by Hiphop Tamizha, with lyrics written by Hiphop Tamizha, Arivu, Sollisai Selvandhar, and Dr. Vadugam Sivakumar. All the songs in the film were released as singles.[7]


The film was adapted into Telugu titled A1 Express with Sundeep Kishan and directed by Dennis Jeevan Kanukolanu.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Indiatoday wrote "Hip Hop Adhi struggles in film stuffed with social messages"[9] Sreedhar Pillai of Firstpost wrote "A visually appealing, thrilling climax saves this run-of-the-mill sports drama"[10] The Times of India wrote "Natpe Thunai feels like a blend of plot threads from various films."[11] Wetalkiess gave Natpe Thunai 3 out of 5 stars and also mentioned this movie is a wholesome entertainment for the youth and as well as the family .[12] Film Companion South wrote ". Despite the choppy editing, the final match has a few mildly rousing moments. As a closing punch, we get a reminder to vote responsibly during elections. ".[13]Sify rated 3 out of 5 stars stating "Sports entertainer".[14]The Times of India rated 3 out of 5 stars stating "Natpe Thunai feels like a blend of plot threads from various films".[15]Behindwoods rated 2.5 out of 5 stars stating "Natpe Thunai is a watchable sports-political drama that could have been more emotionally engaging".[16]The Hindu stated "‘Natpe Thunai’ starring Hip Hop Aadhi packs a punch, especially towards the climax".[17]IndiaGlitz rated 2.25 out of 5 stars stating "Go for this one if you love hockey and enjoy Hip Hop Thamizha music".[18]The Indian Express rated 2 out of 5 stars stating "This Aadhi starrer has all the predictable tropes of a sports film but fails to throw up surprises".[19]The News Minute rated 2 out of 5 stars stating "Sports drama is not new to Tamil cinema but 'Natpe Thunai' spins the package around a new game and a new landscape".[20]Cinema Express rated 1.5 out of 5 stars stating "The film is stuck between trying to be a mindless entertainer and taking itself seriously, with a generous infusion of meme material from our social media timelines".[21]Hindustan Times rated 2 out of 5 stars stating "Natpe Thunai tries to be too many things at the same time -- it is a sports film that is also a friendship drama and has a political sub-plot. In the end, it does justice to none of the genres".[22]


  1. ^ "Hip Hop Adhi is all set to enthral 'single pasanga' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Official cast and crew details of Hiphop Tamizha's next". Behindwoods. 1 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Natpe Thunai Review {3/5}: Natpe Thunai feels like a blend of plot threads from various films". Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  4. ^ Tamizha, Hiphop (14 December 2017). "After the grand success of #meesayamurukku - here comes our next movie, once again with Avni Movies. Directed by debutant Parthiban Desingu & backed by a young & energetic team,we will work hard to entertain you with a positive film. Thanks for the tremendous love & support".
  5. ^ "First look of Natpe Thunai to release on November 4th". Behindwoods. 31 October 2018.
  6. ^ Tamizha, Hiphop (25 March 2019). "#NatpeThunaiFromApril4 See you all in theatres with your friends and family #AvniMovies #SundarC #NatpeThunai @AvniGroups @thinkmusicindia".
  7. ^ "Natpe Thunai (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Hiphop Tamizha". Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  8. ^ "A1 Express runs into rough weather". Deccan Chronicle.
  9. ^ ChennaiApril 4, Janani K.; April 4, 2019UPDATED; Ist, 2019 18:12. "Natpe Thunai Movie Review: Hip Hop Adhi struggles in film stuffed with social messages". India Today. Retrieved 8 April 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ "Natpe Thunai movie review: A visually appealing, thrilling climax saves this run-of-the-mill sports drama- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Natpe Thunai Review {3/5}: Natpe Thunai feels like a blend of plot threads from various films". Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  12. ^ Wetalkiess, Wetalkies. "நட்பே துணை திரை விமர்சனம்". Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Natpe Thunai Movie Review: A Loud, Choppy Sports Movie That Wants To Be Both Drama And Comedy". Film Companion South.
  14. ^ "Natpe Thunai review: A cocktail of sports, friendship and politics!". Sify. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Natpe Thunai". The Times of India. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  16. ^ "NATPE THUNAI MOVIE REVIEW". Behindwoods. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  17. ^ "'Natpe Thunai' review: a smartly-packaged sports film". The Hindu. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Natpe Thunai Review". IndiaGlitz. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  19. ^ "Natpe Thunai movie review: An underwhelming, dialogue-heavy sports drama". The Indian Express. 5 April 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  20. ^ "'Natpe Thunai' review: An unoriginal sports drama saved by the climax". The News Minute. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  21. ^ "Natpe Thunai review: Old wine in an old bottle". Cinema Express. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  22. ^ "Natpe Thunai movie review: A sports drama that lacks seriousness". Hindustan Times. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2020.

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