One of the biggest advantages of having a protagonist with rare medical disorder is that you have already piqued the interest of the viewers and they are ready to spend that money and time for your movie. All you need to do is make a decent screenplay to sustain the interest. Every movie has a premise, conflict and a resolution. Sometimes the resolution is left to the audience but what makes a movie interesting and watchable is the main conflict. When you screw up in that, there is no way you will impress the audience.
Naan Sigappu Manithan (the namesake of famous Rajinikanth movie directed by SA Chandraskehar) directed by Thiru with Vishal and Lakshmi Menon in the lead has an excellent premise and Thiru brilliantly establishes the situation but falters miserably in the conflict part. Indran (Vishal) has a rare sleeping disorder called Narcolepsy that will make him sleep whenever a sudden spurt of emotion comes through him. He has a bucket list of 10 desires to complete because of his disorder. His mother (Saranya) and his friends (Jagan and Sunder) support him throughout. He could not find a job and then starts selling his disorder, finds a internet based home job (the repeated emphasis on 20K job will irritate you) and meets a girl Meera (Lakshmi Menon) who falls in love with him. Thiru has brilliantly worked on the romance between the leads and it shows up on the screen. Meera's father (Jayaprakash) a textile retail giant, opposes their marriage as Indran will not be able to have intercourse (as it will make him sleep). He even falls asleep for a kiss. Meera and Indran discover that he doesn't fall asleep and to prove that he can produce a child, they consummate under water in a pool. Meera becomes pregnant and on the way to get her father's permission, she gets gang raped (that's the link with original Rajini movie) during a narcoleptic attack of Indran. She goes in to a coma and the rest of the story forms how Indran takes revenge using the little clues he has.
Thiru gives the audience a wonderful premise and Vishal has taken from where he has left from Pandiyanadu with his eloquent underplay. His relationship with Lakshmi Menon is beautifully portrayed. The interesting use of water is quite brilliant. Where Thiru falters is the usual twist he tries to bring in the movie. When he reveals it, half of our theatre laughed at it because it was as silly as possible. The silliness is so brutal that you feel cheated. On the other hand, in order to get a safe censor certificate, the brutality is mellowed down and doesn't give you the necessary impact. Audience are exposed enough brutality in real life and I don't why we should hide it on screen.
While Richard M.Nathan's cinematography is eye catchy, GV Prakash once again proves his background scores are cringeworthy. He has ripped the recurring theme from Hans Zimmer's Rush (the exact piece is 1976) for Indran's revenge theme. And it's safe if I don't talk about his songs. Bad background score in such a movie that needs to connect with the audience makes the movie even more miserable.
What Thiru could have done is that, he could have made this as a simple revenge drama instead of an idiotic twist. The twist becomes the conflict instead of the rape and so the impact shifts to a different platter. The intentions go haywire and also he could have made the search more interesting than what it is. The villains don't give the necessary danger that this film needed because the audience don't know them. We don't get the time to understand them as the focus shifts to the twist rather than the act (For instance, Naan Magan Alla gave us that opportunity). A narcoleptic patient trying to avenge his girl friend's rape by strangers is far more powerful premise than what he has made now.
Naan Sigappu Manithan could have been a good revenge drama but the obsession of Tamil movie director over twists has killed this promising premise too. All Thiru should have done is to keep it simple. Probably, he had a narcoleptic attack while writing and I wished I had a narcoleptic attack during the second half.
A 1.5 for Thiru's Naan Sigappu Manidhan and I request Thiru to stop killing some wonderful storylines. This is third in a row.
P.S: If you are still going to watch the movie, listen to this track from Rush before going to the movie. The juicy part starts from 1:35