Jyothika is a cop with the post of an assistant commissioner. She comes across a minor rape case and starts to investigate further on the issue. In a different timeline, two teenagers GV Prakash - a fruit vendor and Ivana - a house maid are in love with each other.
Back to the present, Ivana without her knowledge or consent ends up pregnant and GV Prakash is a suspect and is convicted of raping a minor. How are they both connected to Jyothika's case, what happens to Ivana, and how Jyothika deals with the situtaion and finds the convict responsible to all this forms the of the crux story.
The film revolves around the three characters, their lives and perspectives. Director Bala has sketched the characters with such conviction and equal importance that they easily blend in with the story. Its like if you even take one character out of the equation, the entire movie will most probably get collapsed.
Jyothika has been picky with her roles ever since she made her comeback to the world of cinema. If her characters are strong in her previous two films, she has been portrayed in a completely different spotlight in Naachiyaar. Jyothika carries the story on her shoulders, and has pulled off her role of a bold, fearsome, frightening cop with a gracious and honest heart with utmost hardwork and perfection.
Though GV Prakash has a handful of movies in his kitty, it is safe to say that he scores as an actor in Naachiyaar. The way he has pulled of his innocent character with such simplicity and dedication is really appreciable. Ivana makes an impressive acting debut. Her challenging role weighs heavily on her performance, which she easily nails it.
Ace director Bala, who is known for hard hitting films, which impacts you in one way or the other. Mostly, in a depressing way. However, it is completely different with Naachiyaar as it is crisp and contains all the basic elements needed for a crime thriller. Still he maintains his unique style with his direction, which is simple and real, with tight wacky screenplay, humour and wit.
There is a reason to why Ilayarajaa is conisdered as a legendary musician. His top notch background score is in perfect sync with the movie's genre. And helps in elevating one's anticipation in at the right scenes. Eashwar's cinematography skills come to the fore and he has shot well, and so is Sathish Suriya's neat cuts. His decision to trim the movie to only a runtime of 100 minutes works well.
In short, Naachiyaar, is a non-Bala crime thriller and is worth your watch.