Nedunchalai is the latest film from director Krishna, who is known for his directorial debut Sillunu Oru Kaadhal. Sillunu Oru Kaadhal was famous for its songs, because of its music composer A R Rahman. The movie, overall, just had a mixed response from the critics and the audiences. Nedunchalai is completely different from Sillunu Oru Kaadhal in almost all the ways possible. The movie has a different background setting and even the narration is different. However, Nedunchalai becomes predictive at the end and some important proceedings happen in an unconvincing manner.
Tarpaulin Murugan (Aari) does robbery for a living in a highway close to Periyakulam. He is a dreaded person in the region, especially for the lorry drivers who cross the region. Manga (Shivada) is a girl entrepreneur who starts a highway dhabha, which gets more business since it is located in an alternative highway to Periyakulam, as more lorry drivers start using this path fearing for Tarpaulin Murugan. Masanimuthu (Prashanth Narayanan) is a new cop assigned for the Periyakulam highway that lusts for Manga and wants to stop Tarpaulin Murugan from his robbery act just to take advantage and earn more money. What happens between these characters make the story of Nedunchalai.
Director Krishna has surely shown some maturity in his work. His setting up of the script and the treatment of it on screen are really good and makes the audiences to engage easily with the proceedings. He has even given some strong characterization to his character roles in this movie.
What could bother many of the audiences is that Nedunchalai becomes predictive as it nears the climax. The movie is told to the audiences in a flashback and it makes it easy for the audiences to guess the further sequences. The climax twist too is not that much convincing.