NH4 is the kind of movie the 20-somethings would love to watch while munching pop corn. The film has a young look to it, the dialogues are crisp like a nicely done chicken nugget.There are quite a few laugh lines, there is one boring, villainous father and then there is love in the time of opposition. Pass the Pepsi please, and you can chill with Siddharth and Ashritha, the star crossed lovers.
But beofre you meet the lead pair, say hello to Manoj Menon ( Kay Kay Menon), the encounter specialist. He is the cool dude who breaks bones and gets informaiton from young college students, about a kidnapping by other college students. Half hour into the movie and you are hooked to the story, which keeps unfolding like layers of an onion.
Prabhu (Siddharth) and a few other boys from Chennai are students in a Bengaluru college, and live the ideal life of a student: hanging out with friends and bar hopping. Rithika (Ashritha) who screws up her nose at the Chennai boys' dance style, soon falls for Prabhu, who unlike our usual heroes is pretty chilled out, and doesnt plot, plan and get angsty over seeing the girl. A nice touch there by debutant director Mani Maran.
But then there is trouble in paradise and the snake is none other than the father, who wants to send her far away the day after she completes her graduation. But Prabhu kidnaps her and their race to Chennai begins, with Manoj burning the rubber, chasing them in his jeep. He is supremely confident of nabbing Prabhu within a couple of hours-well in time for his son's birthday party.
Prabhu has other ideas.
The cat and mouse game that unfolds is well crafted and nicely packaged with important details needed to take the story forward in a three dimensional way. Vetri Maran's dialogues are a major plus. GV Prakash is bang on target, and having listened to the songs on FM channels, you know why numbers such as Ore kannale are worthy of your foot tap.
There are some minor speed breakers on the road trip, and I am still counting on my toes and fingers how a girl can graduate at 18 years, but I am sure you will toss aside all those minor details,and enjoy the ride.
Verdict : Fun time !
Rating : 3.5 / 5