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Saba Nayagan is a Tamil language romantic comedy film to be released in 2023. The film is the directorial debut of C.S. Karthikeyan. It was produced by Arvind Jayabalan, Ayyappan Gnanavel and Captain Megavanan Isaivanan under the production companies Clear Water Films Inc., I Cinema and Captain Mega Entertainment. The lead cast includes Ashok Selvan, Karthika Muralidharan, Chandini Chowdary and Megha Akash. Mayilsamy also appears in the film, which is his last role before his death, along with other supporting actors.

Saba Nayagan film’s music is composed by Leon James. Cinematography is done by Balasubramaniam, Dinesh Purushothaman and Prabhu Raghav. Ganesh Siva handled the editing. The film was released in theaters on December 22, 2023 and received positive reviews from critics. It was also a commercial hit, making it a successful film critically and financially.

Saba Nayagan Movie Overview

FieldDetails
Directed byC. S. Karthikeyan
Written byC. S. Karthikeyan
Produced byAravind Jayabalan
Iyyappan Gnanavel
Captain Megavanan Isaivanan
StarringAshok Selvan
Karthika Muralidharan
Chandini Chowdary
Megha Akash
CinematographyBalasubramaniem
Dinesh Purushothaman
Prabhu Rhagav
Edited byGanesh Siva
Music byLeon James
Production companiesClear Water Films INC.
I Cinema
Captain Mega Entertainment
Distributed byClear Water Films INC.
Captain Mega Entertainment
Release date22 December 2023
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Saba Nayagan Movie Star Cast & Crew

ActorRole
Ashok SelvanSaba aka SB Aravindh, and Deepthi’s soulmate
Karthika MuralidharanDeepthi/Eesha
Chandini ChowdaryRiya, Saba’s college lover
Megha AkashMegha, Saba’s MBA college lover
MayilsamyPolice Constable M. Suseendiran
Michael ThangaduraiPolice SI Vishnu Balaji, and Deepthi’s college lover
Udumalai RaviPolice Constable Balaji
Arun KumarSS Karthik, “SS” Saba’s best friend
Jaiseelan SivaramDinesh, Saba’s best friend
Sriram KrishSiva Prakash
AneesshNaveen, Saba’s school friend
Sherlin SethGayathri, Deepthi’s best friend
Jay AdithyaNandhu, Saba’s School Junior and Riya’s brother
Arun Karthi
ViviyasanthDivya, Saba’s cousin Sister
Akshaya HariharanPreethi, Deepthi’s younger sister
Dr. L.M.RamakrishnanHimself, Saba’s school correspondent
Balaji MurugadossAshwin, Saba’s school senior
Sudhir RavindranathanDharmaraj, School Maths teacher
Manoharan KrishnanPolice Inspector, Riya’s father
M. J. ShriramEesha’s father
Shravnitha SrikanthAparna, Saba’s college crush
Deepa BaluNandini, Saba’s girlfriend in Singapore
Tulasi ShivamaniSaba’s mother

Saba Nayagan Movie Box Office Collection Worldwide

India Net Box Office Collection = ₹ 2.26 Cr

Worldwide Grossed Box Office Collection is ₹13.35 CR

Day WiseCollection
Day 1 ( Fri )₹ 0.20 Cr
Day 2 ( Sat )₹ 0.32 Cr
Day 3 ( Sun )₹ 0.39 Cr
Day 4 ( Mon )₹ 0.43 Cr
Day 5 ( Tue )₹ 0.34 Cr
Day 6 ( Wed )₹ 0.30 Cr
Day 7 ( Thu )₹ 0.28 Cr
Week 1 Collection₹ 2.26 Cr

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Saba Nayagan Movie Review and Storyline

Imagine you are out with a colleague and they bump into an old friend from school or college. As they meet, share funny memories, failed love stories, drunken adventures and classroom antics, you nod politely and smile at the awkward situation. If you find their stories funny, you too might join in the laughter. But if not, you might feel like you are watching “Saba Nayakan” is a film that only evokes fond memories.

The story revolves around Arvind, also known as Saba, who gets caught by the police after drinking alcohol. To get their sympathy, he tells stories of his many romantic failures in school and college. The police are so engrossed that they listen eagerly wondering if he will ever find his soulmate. Tamil cinema often features a hero dealing with many romantic misadventures during school and college. These are experiences many of us can relate to. So, what went wrong in “Saba Nayakan”? The main issues are its humor and screenplay.

The film has some laughs, but mostly, its humor tests your patience. You can understand the jokes from a distance, from cues like the music and exaggerated acting. Comedy feels like someone trying to sing a song in a language he doesn’t understand – an honest attempt, but more imitation than reality. While humor is subjective, a screenplay should be the solid foundation of a film. Unfortunately, “Saba Nayagan” has a flat, two-dimensional screenplay.

The film starts abruptly, drags, and then ends just as abruptly. The central conflict, which should drive the story, never comes to the fore. Though we know Arvind wants to find love, we never understand why he loves a woman. The screenplay shows every heartbreak in a cursory way, so we never see how these relationships shape Arvind. Supporting characters get too much screen time, which slows down the pace and weakens Arvind’s character and his pursuit of romantic interests. These issues could have been fixed with better script editing.

Ashok Selvan, who plays Arvind, may not look like a schoolboy, but he makes up for it with his acting. His facial expressions effectively depict the character’s growth from a naive teenager to a confident young man and eventually an adult determined to find love. What works in favour of “Saba Nayagan” is its simple story of Arvind’s search for love as he grows up. It is also refreshing that the film is set in Erode and Coimbatore rather than Chennai or Madurai. The straightforward screenplay makes it a harmless viewing experience. The film promises very little and delivers just that. With a coherent premise, the director chose to play it safe. But sometimes, playing it too safe can be almost as risky as taking a big gamble.

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