Imagine the religiously disciplined Ambi from Aniyan, (whose lookalike replaces the narcissistic split personality of Ambi), vows to combat the anti-social elements, in a film topped with over-illogical and over-dramatic elements. The film is staged around the protagonist who is determined to strain a corrupt society at any cost. A similar plot laces all of Director Shankar’s films advocating a moral message to his viewers.
Directed by Samudrakani, Nimirnthu Nil
revolves around Jayam Ravi
, a recent graduate frustrated with the society’s unjust rules. He pledges to expose those partial elements using the power of media. The rest of the story is how he defeats evil and rises to power.
Despite its not-so fresh plot, the first-half is definitely the best part of this film. It’s filled with sharp and thought-provoking dialogues. It’s completely engaging, fast and intriguing. It provides a zing factor which is essentially required in a genre like this. The intelligent dialogues feed the audience with witty facts about the society and its corrupt status. Keeping in mind the current state of events, the director has generously showcased several political events in the film.
Sadly, the same cannot be said about the second-half. It begins with the introduction of Jayam Ravi
’s 45 year-old lookalike, mouthing Telugu dialogues and dancing to raunchy numbers. It’s also filled with a typical Gana Bala number, a loud background score, some non-humorous and unnecessary sequences which eventually shifts the plot of the film. It’s so hauling that you would wish you could fast forward it all and get to the point.
Another major flaw this film has is that it’s extremely preachy and repetitive. The director has roped in several notable veterans for this movie but sadly the story doesn’t give much scope for performance. It’s as if Sarath Kumar
(they don’t call him the ultimate star for nothing) was roped in just to do some physics defying stunts and then vanishes in thin air. You wish you could see more of the macho actor.
Gopinath is stellar as the journalist. He performs his role with ease and gives the right amount of intensity. The key highlight of this film is undoubtedly Jayam Ravi. He charms you as the conformed youth rebelling against the society and flaunts his flamboyancy as the multi-linguistic ‘Don’.
"Tell the truth boldly whether it hurts or not, never pander to weakness, if the truth is too much for intelligent people and sweeps them away let them go the sooner the better". That’s exactly what director Samudrakani portrays in this action-thriller. This movie is definitely a treat for all Jayam Ravi fans. Overall, this film isn’t bad, but one would wish it had a powerful take to a recurrent subject like this.