‘Inga Naan Thaan Kingu’ movie review: This Santhanam comedy of errors is more error than comedy

Santhanam appears in a scene from ‘Inga Naan Thaan Kingu’
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Amidst the chaos of a terrorist attack in Mumbai with Chennai as the next potential target, the city’s police force is under immense pressure. Can they thwart the looming crisis?

However, this pivotal issue takes a backseat in Inga Naan Thaan Kingu, a film that breaks away from Kollywood’s usual intense narratives. Instead, this is a comedy with Santhanam in the lead role of Vetri, a bachelor on a quest to find a bride so intense that he ends up joining a matrimonial agency.

Vetri cheekily justifies his personal quest at his job: “Sweet kadai-la vela panna rendu sweet saapta thappa?” (Is it wrong for someone working at a sweet shop to have a couple of sweets?), he quips to his boss when questioned about prioritizing his marriage over his professional targets—the ones related to pairing up clients.

This film follows the typical formula of a Santhanam comedy, suggesting audiences to suspend disbelief and logic. The first half of the movie, in particular, takes viewers on a journey with Vetri as he earnestly searches for a partner, culminating in what he thinks is his marriage to a wealthy landowner’s daughter.

Inga Naan Thaan Kingu (Tamil)

Director: Anand Narayan

Cast: Santhanam, Priyalaya, Thambi Ramaiah, Vivek Prasanna

Runtime: 150 minutes

Storyline: Vetri’s simple wish to marry and settle down is disrupted by a bomb threat, sending his life into upheaval

The narrative of Inga Naan Thaan Kingu orbits around two overused tropes in Tamil cinema: a deceptive marriage and a death that is more than meets the eye. Vetri, alongside an exasperating ensemble of characters, embarks on an adventure to seek clarity amidst confusion.

For Santhanam, who has experienced a rocky path as a leading man, Inga Naan Thaan Kingu offers some solace as it doesn’t require him to take on too strenuous a role. Intended as a comedy of errors, the film plunges him and his friends into a stream of predictable and often lackluster predicaments. Humor sprinkles through occasionally; however, the over-the-top portrayals by actors like Thambi Ramaiah and Bala Saravanan become tedious in this 131-minute movie by Anand Narayan.

Composer D Imman’s musical contributions fail to elevate the experience. His recent works have shown a dip in form, and this movie is no exception, with an impression of effortlessness and little innovation. As a summer release, Inga Naan Thaan Kingu ends up delivering more missteps than mirth.

Inga Naan Thaan Kingu is currently playing in theaters.

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