Aadhi and Nikki Galrani, who had earlier worked in Yagavarayinum Naa Kaaka, have teamed up again in Maragadha Naanayam. It is a fantasy-horror film, written and directed by ARK Saravanan, a former associate of Ram Kumar of Mundasupatti fame. Two small-time smugglers try to steal a highly valuable emerald artefact, which is believed to be cursed.
Maragadha Naanayam is filled with a lot of talented artists that include Anandaraj, Ramdoss, Mime Gopi, Kaali Venkat, MS Baskar and Kota Srinivasa Rao. Dhibu Ninan Thomas has composed music, and Kottai Aanda Arasan, Nee Kavithaigala and Usiredukkum Kootam songs have been received well by the audience.
Maragadha Naanayam is centred around five characters and set across three periods. The story is inspired by a real-life incident and the director has added necessary elements to make it an entertaining film without the usual clichéd hero-heroine characters. It tells the tale of two gangs in search of a treasure.
Maragatha Nanayam does take some time to set up its characters and initially, the changes its tone are jarring, but once the plot kicks in, the film starts to entertain, handsomely. Director Saravanan also convinces us that he knows what he is doing and makes us understand that the jumps between genres are very much intentional. Even the small dose of romance between Senguttuvan and Chanakya (Nikki Galrani), which we get in the beginning and makes us apprehensive, gets a unique, comic twist.