Naan Than Bala directed by R Kannan should be marked as a try to a different kind of story line which is rarely explored in the Tamil movies. This Tamil drama film pictures Vivek in the lead role, but most astonishingly, this actor, who has reached the height of legends due to his excellent comic presence, does not play a light role in Naan Than Bala; rather his role is of a sincere, righteous, Hindu priest who lives his life on principles. The other major roles of the movie have been played by Venkataraj J who plays the role of Poochi the vicious friend of Bala and Swetha who plays the part of Vaishali, the love interest of Bala.
The basic theme of the story revolves around the friendship of Bala and Poochi who are different in every respect but somehow shares a bond of friendship. The turns and twists in a friendship between a meticulous priest and a seasoned criminal makes the theme of the film really interesting. Vaishali, the love interest of Bala, is shown to belong from an orthodox family that believes in equal rights of men and women. The story line of the film takes several turns to reach to the end which is quite disappointing and in fact easy predictable.
Though the movie has received some good reviews, but, there are a lot that could have been done with the story. Some parts of the drama become uninteresting as the viewers’ cannot understand how a seasoned criminal can wear his heart on his sleeves, and helps Bala without any hopes of return. The film tries to convey some good morals, the triumph of good over evil, but somehow becomes preachy in its presentation. The music and the cinematography of the film fail to provide any additional support.
Tamil movie Naan Than Bala Review– A Good Themed Story Within A Predictable Set Up