Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe

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Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe
Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe.jpg
Directed by Lakshmy Ramakrishnan
Produced by A. V. Anoop
Written by Lakshmy Ramakrishnan
Starring Piaa Bajpai
Sruthi Hariharan
A. L. Azhagappan
Viji Chandrasekhar
Y. Gee. Mahendra
Bala saravanan
Music by Madley Blues
Cinematography A. Vinod Bharathi
Edited by V J Sabu Joseph
AVA Productions
Release date
  • 31 October 2014 (2014-10-31)
Running time
150 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe (English: Come Close Without Kissing) is a 2014 Indian Tamil-language road film written and directed by Lakshmy Ramakrishnan. It features Piaa Bajpai, Shabeer and Sruthi Hariharan in the leading roles. The film, produced by A.V. Anoop, released on 31 October 2014.[1]



Lakshmy Ramakrishnan announced that her second film would be a road movie featuring a trip from Trichy to Karaikal, which would be shot on the backdrop of a petrol crisis.[2] Piaa Bajpai was signed on to play a leading role, while Sruthi Hariharan was selected to make her debut in Tamil films.[3] Lakshmy Ramakrishnan later informed that her husband had played a small role in the film and that her youngest daughter Shreya assisted her in direction. Further more, producer A. V. Anoop, who is also a theatre artist, was given a small role in the film,[4] while character actor Gautham Kurup stated that he played a "character with grey shades".[5]

The film was shot within seventy days, with Lakshmy Ramakrishnan revealing that the film would be "breezy, bright and pleasant" in comparison to her previous film, Aarohanam (2012).[6] The title of the film was inspired by a message written behind a lorry, which has a pivotal part in the film.[7]


Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe
Soundtrack album by Madley Blues
Released 25 September 2014
Recorded 2013-14
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Tamil
Label Think Music
Producer Madley Blues
Madley Blues chronology
Sutta Kadhai
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Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe

The soundtrack to Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe was composed by the band Madley Blues that consists of composers Prashanth Techno and Harish Venkat.[8][9] The soundtrack album, featuring four tracks and two karaoke tracks, was released on 25 September 2014 at the Suryan FM studio.[10] Prashanth stated that there was a "requirement for folk music throughout the film" and added that director Lakshmy Ramakrishnan had wanted a "band interpretation of folk a mix of folk and rock".[8] gave the album a score of 8 out of 10, calling it "A fine follow-up from Prashanth and Harish aka Madley Blues to their promising debut last year."[11]

All lyrics written by Na. Muthukumar.

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Kaligaalam" Shankar Mahadevan 4:35
2. "Hey Suttrum Boomi" Mili Nair & Harish Venkat 3:39
3. "Yaar" Nandini Srikar 4:32
4. "Yaarum Paakkaama" Chinmayi 3:42
5. "Kaligaalam (Karaoke Version)" 4:32
6. "Yaarum Paakkaama (Karaoke Version)" 3:42
Total length: 24:42

Critical reception[edit]

IANS gave 3.5 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe, which is about the recent petrol and diesel crisis...addresses the subject at hand with unparalleled creativity, without ever getting priggish. Lakshmy has proved that she can make a better commercial film that's sensible and original. And the way she handles her women characters shows why women filmmakers know how to handle their own kind perfectly. Heroines should feel proud to work with Lakshmy".[12] The Times of India gave 3 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Lakshmy manages to give us the backstory of many of the characters, and keep the plot moving at the same time so that we have enough to care about them and wait in anticipation of what happens next...However, these sub-plots feel cliched that we are never really surprised by how they develop...there are also times when the director gives too much space to certain characters that the film's pacing suffers".[13] also gave 3 stars out of 5 and wrote, "While there may be a few flaws, the movie for the most part is entertaining. Lakshmy Ramakrishnan has proved that she’s an intelligent director who can deliver across any genre successfully. And her cast delivers for her".[14] Baradwaj Rangan, writing for The Hindu, stated, "The problem with Nerungi Vaa Muthamidaathe is that all the characters, all the threads don’t always cohere convincingly. There are times you wish there had been fewer people on screen, with meatier arcs. But it’s the sprawl that gives us the lovely non sequiturs...What the narrative loses in momentum (it could have used some tension, especially in the closing portions), it gains in texture. These aren’t isolated lives. They’re part of a larger universe, where people come and go, taking their stories with them as we turn our attention to other stories".[15]

Sify wrote, "The director has tried to wove in the sub plots to the narratives but they make the film drag. The characterisation is half baked and their motives are suspect, with an ending that looks compromised for the feel good factor. Lakshmy’s intentions are good but her final product is not up to the mark".[16]Deccan Chronicle gave 2 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Though Lakshmy’s attempt is laudable, one can’t help but feel that the narration could have been better", adding that "At times the screenplay meanders and drags".[17]Rediff gave the same rating and wrote, "In just 114 minutes, Lakshmy has touched upon several issues: disastrous inter-caste love affairs, fragile relationships ruined by misunderstandings, the bond between father and son, mother and daughter, and political corruption. Despite all these elements, a good cast and excellent music, the film fails to hit the right notes".[18] Rated 2.5 out of 5 by Cinemalead-"Built on good thoughts, bent on the connection." [19]


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  4. ^ "Lakshmy’s family connect in ‘Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe’". The Indian Express. 6 October 2014. Retrieved 2015-08-15. 
  5. ^ IANS (2 September 2014). "Negative roles have given me good recognition: Gautham Kurup". Retrieved 2015-08-15. 
  6. ^ Sudhir Srinivasan. "Second shot". The Hindu. Retrieved 2015-08-15. 
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  9. ^ T. SARAVANAN. "Live music made livelier". The Hindu. Retrieved 2015-08-15. 
  10. ^ " is temporarily unavailable". Retrieved 2015-08-15. 
  11. ^ "Nerungi Va Muthamidaathe – Music Review (Tamil Movie Soundtrack)". Music Aloud. Retrieved 2015-08-15. 
  12. ^ IANS (1 November 2014). "'Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe' - refreshingly creative (IANS Tamil Movie Review)". Retrieved 2015-08-15. 
  13. ^ " is temporarily unavailable". Retrieved 2015-08-15. 
  14. ^ "Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe movie review: Lakshmy Ramakrishan takes you on an entertaining road-trip!". Retrieved 2015-08-15. 
  15. ^ Baradwaj Rangan. "‘Nerungi Vaa Muthamidaathe’ review: Why small is beautiful". The Hindu. Retrieved 2015-08-15. 
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  17. ^ "Movie review 'Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe': One can’t help but feel that the narration could have been better". Retrieved 2015-08-15. 
  18. ^ "Review: Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe fails to impress". Rediff. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 2015-08-15. 
  19. ^ "Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe Movie Review - Tamil Movie Review - Movie Review". Retrieved 2015-08-15. 

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