Review : Nayakudu – Interesting concept, middling narration
Published on Jul 15, 2023 3:02 am IST
Nayakudu Telugu Movie Review

Release Date : July 14, 2023 Rating : 2.75/5

Starring: Udhayanidhi Stalin, Vadivelu, Fahadh Faasil, Keerthy Suresh, Lal and Vijay Kumar

Director: Mari Selvaraj

Producer: Udhayanidhi Stalin

Music Director: A. R. Rahman

Cinematographer: Theni Eswar

Editor: Selva RK

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Noted director Mari Selvaraj is back with a new movie titled Nayakudu (Telugu version of Maamannan). The movie hit the screens today. Check out our review to know how the film fares.


Maharaju (Vadivelu), who belongs to an oppressed community, is the MLA of Ramapuram. However, he and his son Raghu Veera (Udhayanidhi Stalin), a martial arts instructor, have not talked for years. An incident that occurs in the life of Maharaju prompts Raghu to take action for justice. What’s the issue? Why did they stop talking to each other?What happened ultimately forms the rest of the story.

Plus Points:

One of the film’s main assets is Vadivelu’s portrayal of a serious political leader. His flawless performance is impressive.

Fahadh Faasil’s performance as an egoistic politician is commendable, and his portrayal is praiseworthy.

Udhayanidhi Stalin and Keerthy Suresh also deliver neat performances. The music plays a prominent role in elevating the movie in many scenes.

Minus Points:

The film with a good concept is let down by its slow-paced screenplay, which is quite natural in Mari Selvaraj’s films. A faster screenplay could have improved the movie significantly.

Furthermore, Keerthy Suresh’s role, which seems promising initially, is significantly reduced once the main conflict begins.

Characters portrayed by Lal and Vijay Kumar have no great impact on the film. Including a few more scenes related to them could have helped the film create more drama.

Another issue is the poor handling of signboards and scrollings by the presenters. They should have included Telugu text whenever necessary for a better comprehension.

Technical Aspects:

Director Mari Selvaraj conveys a good message about the importance of social justice, but the slow narration makes the film tedious. The editing could have been better, and some unnecessary scenes could have been trimmed. The cinematography by Theni Eswar is extraordinary, particularly in the flashback episode. AR Rahman’s score is a big boon to the movie. A couple of songs are enjoyable.


On the whole, Nayakudu has a good concept, but the middling narration makes it a tedious film. The performances of Fahadh Faasil and Vadivelu, and the score by Rahman are the movie’s strengths. If you can overlook the slow narration and a few unnecessary scenes, you can give the film a try this weekend, but keep your expectations low. Rating: 2.75/5

Reviewed by 123telugu Team

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