Naiyaandi Information

Naiyaandi (English: Mockery) is a 2013 Indian Tamil romantic comedy film written and directed by A. Sarkunam. The film features Dhanush and Nazriya Nazim in the lead roles. The plot focuses on a love story between a Kuthu Vilakku (lamp) shop owner and a BDS student. It received 'U' certificate from Central Board of Film Certification and released on 11 October 2013. The film, inspired from the 1993 Malayalam film Meleparambil Aanveedu, received mostly negative reviews but had a decent collection in terms of the box office.


This story begins with Chinna Vandu's (Dhanush) brothers Paranjothi and Paranthavan (Sriman and Sathyan) who are not yet married, despite their old age. Chinna Vandu, who studied in his uncle's son home, falls in love with Vanaroja (Nazriya Nazim) who comes there to visit her Grandma (Sachu) and see the village festival. Chinna Vandu finds many ways to make Vanaroja to fall in love such as making her laugh, but she still does not fall in love with Chinna Vandu. During the village festival, Vanaroja's ring goes missing, so her father Poongavanam (Aadukalam Naren) comes there and tells everyone to find the ring for a reward of 1 lakh. Only Chinna Vandu finds it in front of Vanaroja, but he gives the ring to a poor lady to claim the prize, as Vanaroja does not like him. Seeing this, Vanaroja falls in love with him. Chinna Vandu makes a challenge to himself: to know whether Vanaroja's in love or not. He gets to know that Vanaroja is also in love with him. Vanaroja leaves the village to her home but upon reaching she finds her father has arranged for her engagement with Krishna (Vamsi Krishna) and is getting married with Krishna on her birthday. Chinna Vandu comes to wish her for her birthday on that night, and comes to know about the engagement. They both escape from Krishna and his henchmen. Chinna Vandu tells his uncle's son (cousin) Soori (Soori) that he has eloped with Vanaroja, and asks him to come and meet them. Soori tries to find a way for Chinna Vandu to live with Vanaroja, but Chinna Vandu tells him that he has already married her. Soori tells them to hide their marriage and go to his family in Kumbukonam. Soori brings Vanaroja to Chinna Vandu's house saying that she is an orphan and his family accepts her in. But Chinna Vandu's brothers start to love Vanaroja. Chinna Vandu comes there and makes sure that his brothers do not marry her. After some days their mother finds that Vanaroja is pregnant, and she throws her out of the house, meanwhile Krishna's men find Vanaroja and kidnap her. Chinna Vandu finds Vanaroja captured by Krishna and follows him. He goes in a fight and wins, but Chinna Vandu is caught by his whole family and his father Sambandham (Pyramid Natarajan) does not accept this. But Vanaroja's father comes and tells Chinna Vandu's father that his daughter's life needs to be happy, and so finally he accepts their relationship.


  • Dhanush as Chinna Vandu
  • Nazriya Nazim as Vanaroja
  • Vamsi Krishna as Krishna
  • Soori as Soori
  • Sriman as Paramjothy
  • Sathyan as Parandhaman
  • Pyramid Natarajan as Sambandham
  • Meera Krishnan as Chinna Vandu's mother
  • Aadukalam Naren as Poongavanam
  • Sachu as Vanaroja's grandmother
  • Sathish as Chinna Vandu's friend
  • Ashvin Raja as Chinna Vandu's friend
  • Singampuli
  • Imman Annachi as Tea Shop Owner
  • Charle (Cameo appearance)
  • Manobala (Cameo appearance)


In an interview with the Times of India, Sarkunam said, "Yes, Dhanush has agreed to play the lead in my next film and has signed up for the project though we are yet to confirm the producer." The film which was earlier titled as Sotta Vazhakutty has now been titled as Naiyaandi. While the names of Amala Paul, Samantha and Hansika Motwani were being floated around at various stages of the film's pre-production, the filmmaker has finally zeroed in on Nazriya Nazim, a child actress-turned-heroine in Mollywood, to pair opposite Dhanush. Director Sarkunam started the film on 13 Feb with other artists and Dhanush joined the shoot from 21 February.


Nazriya Nazim condemned the filmmakers for shooting several scenes of her character using a body double without her knowledge, such as an unseen woman's hip being rubbed, with the tummy/navel area being fully exposed, and it suggested the body double might be the heroine. She filed a complaint with the Chennai city Police Commissioner against Sarkunam, demanding that the director should show the film to her before its release. She withdrew the complaint after the scene that she had objected to was removed. Post release, Nazriya's actions were negatively received by the Tamil film fraternity, and were deemed a publicity stunt, leading to her being "unofficially banned" from Tamil cinema.

In November 2013, Malayalam producer Mani C. Kappan said that the story of the film was copied from his Meleparambil Aanveedu and he bought a stay for the film in Kerala. Mani C. Kappan says that he had planned to remake the film in Hindi and the Tamil release had weakened this opportunity. He also added that he will be doing a second part of the film in Malayalam in which Jagathi Sreekumar will do the same role in that of the previous one.


The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.


Naiyaandi received mostly negative reviews.

Baradwaj Rangan wrote "Naiyaandi slavishly follows the Kollywood formula, with thoroughly exaggerated characters whom we see only on screen" and called the film a "vile mess". Sify wrote, "Naiyaandi is not astounding but it is not a damp squib like most draft comedies we"?ve had in recent times". Behindwoods gave 2.25 out of 5 and wrote, "Naiyaandi provides a few laughs but is nothing that you have not seen before". The Times of India gave 2.75 out of 5 stars and wrote "Naiyandi is a leisurely-paced film, a genteel comedy set in a small town, revolving around a romance. But what sets it apart, in a rather unfortunate way from [Sarkunam's] earlier films, is that this time, the characters and scenes are less interesting, and the tone and rhythm of the film inconsistent". Hindustan Times wrote "Naiyaandi is a silly romp through school-boyish pranks, juvenile romantic inclinations, choreographed fights and a yawn of a story". Rediff gave 1.5 out of 5 stars and wrote that the film "lacks a good story and seems more like an amateur, half-hearted and a disappointing attempt" and called it a "disaster". Deccan Herald wrote "the slapstick comedy works in bits and parts. It suffers from a weak storyline and a sorry script". IANS gave 1.5 out of 5 and wrote "Naiyaandi is a mistake every talented actor commits in his career. This one belongs to Dhanush, who has majorly disappointed one and all". Oneindia rated it 2/5 and stated "The only saving grace in the movie is - Nazriya Nazim. Had she not played the female lead, it would have been difficult for audience to sit in the theatres till the end. Her controversy may not have helped the movie, but it has made people notice her talent. Dhanush has made a wrong choice"


The film's album composed by Ghibran released on 19 September 2013. Dhanush had sung one of the songs.

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