I couldn't understand the sudden focus of Tamil Cinema towards social causes. It's good that Tamil cinema directors are looking to direct such movies. But anyways, the idea of voicing out for a social cause through comedy might end up as a mockery too. Did Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham achieved what it originally intended is a big question mark.
Lord Shiva (played by Subbu) gives an assignment to Narada. Narada has to find 4 people for Shiva to do his Thiruvilayadal (Shiva mentions that it happened only during Sivaji time) to give a social message to the world. They choose Ramarajan (Jai), Ganesh (VTV Ganesh), Krishna (Rajkumar of NKPK fame) and Gopi (Sathyan). They all go to Bangkok for Ramarajan's bachelor party and what happens because of Lord Shiva's Thiruvilayadal forms the crux of the story.
From the moment it starts, the movie has a spoof feeling to it because of the extensive modernisation of Kailayam (Lord Muruga plays Temple Run on iPad, Lord Vinayagar is found gymming) and the pot shots taken by the director towards movies, politics and even the siddha doctors you see on TV. In fact, you see the heroine doing a Shakthi of Alaipayuthey when the hero proposes to her. You are left confused whether it is a spoof or for real.This extends to every scene possible in the movie. This frivolous nature of the movie doesn't give you the desired effect that the movie makers wanted.
Ok let's keep away the social message part away and check out whether the comedy works in the movie. The idea of spoofing Kailayam directly comes from college ad zaps and I don't know whether it will be possible for Tamil cinema to spoof other religion gods like they do with Hindu ones. The potshots taken by the director on certain aspects of our society are hilarious especially on the siddha doctors, the movie references (Power Star, Venkat Prabhu, Ezham Arivu, VTV, NKPK) and even some brands. But some of the scenes extend too long and they don't seem to end even after you start twisting in your seats. The comic scenes work only in parts.
Jai, Sathyan, Rajkumar and Ganesh do their usual stuff. Nothing much to differentiate while Nivedha Thomas (last seen in Porali) has nothing much to do. In fact, Subbu and Devadarshini are impressive as Shiva and Parvathi while Manobala as Naradar in his usual self. Except for Kathirundhai Anbe (with a wonderful picturisation) none of the other songs from Prem are impressive. So is the background score from Kannan.
Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham leaves you with lots of doubts. You would never understand why there is a reference to Saraswathi Sabatham in the title. You are clueless about the endless scenes that needs a fast forward button. You will be wondering whether the mythological scenes are comedy or mockery. At the end of the day, you will be questioning yourself why you ended up in this movie.
Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham is clueless about itself. A 1/5 for the some hilarious moments (that you will see in all comedy channels henceforth). Give it a miss