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Nedunchalai (English: Highway) is a 2014 Tamil docudrama-crime thriller film written and directed by N. Krishna and produced by Aaju and C. Soundarajan. The film features Aari and Sshivada in the lead roles, with Prashant Narayanan in another pivotal role. The film released on 28 March 2014.
Aari as Murugan
Sshivada as Manga
Prashant Narayanan as Masanamuthu
Thambi Ramiah as Master
Salim Kumar as Maattu Sekhar
Ashvin Raja as Soozhi
Kishore Kumar as Settu
Kishore das as Master Murugan
The film was announced in February 2012 with director N. Krishna, of Sillunu Oru Kaadhal (2006) fame, choosing to move on to his next venture instead of waiting for his long pending project Yen Ippadi Mayakkinai? to release. Aari, who appeared in Rettaisuzhi (2010) and Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey (2012) was cast in the male lead role, with Sshivada, who has appeared in Malayalam films pairing opposite him. Prashant Narayanan was also signed on to play a pivotal role in the film, as were supporting actors Thambi Ramiah and VTV Ganesh. The title was revealed to be Nedunchalai in March 2012 with the makers adamant that the title did not clash with another project titled Desiya Nedunchalai during the period.
The soundtrack album was composed by C. Sathya. The film's music was released on 1 July 2013 at an event where A. R. Rahman, who had collaborated with director Krishna in Sillunu Oru Kaadhal (2006), was invited as chief guest.
The film released to overall positive reviews. Baradwaj Rangan wrote, "In his previous film, Sillunu Oru Kaadhal, the director Krishna lost his way in trying to balance an intimate story with the overblown must-haves of a star-driven movie. He doesn’t make that mistake in Nedunchalai, which is toplined by Aari and a terrific newcomer named Shivada", calling it "a rock-solid B-movie" and "one of the season’s happiest surprises". Sify wrote "The over-the-top characters along with their spontaneous dialogues make Nedunchalai worth a look. Despite its minor flaws, it makes-up with style and excellence". The Times of India gave the film 3 stars out of 5 and wrote, "From the characterization of the hero (right down to his costumes) to the tragic climax, the shadow of Ameer's Paruthiveeran looms large on Nedunchalai, and this is both its strength and weakness" and stated that "this film is certainly a surefooted effort that shows that this director can tell an engaging tale". Behindwoods gave it 2.75 stars out of 5 and wrote "Although the movie has a few goodies to offer, it lacks those moments that can blow you over The film...doesn’t have too many twists, turns or humps that your eyes might want to look out for".
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