What do you get when you cross Shankar’s and A.R. Murugadoss‘s style of filmmaking? You get Anand Shankar’s Arima Nambi. The director does make a convincing debut, but a little too shallow to qualify as a gripping thriller. Primarily, because it seems heavily inspired. The film deserves praise for its brilliant cinematography by R.D. Rajasekhar, where each frame, spells pure magic.
In an early scene you have Anamika (Priya Anand); who has no qualms about making the first move to ask a guy out. No qualms about inviting him home and no qualms about having a round of drinks, with a guy she hardly knows. Representing a woman of today, much different from the women portrayed in Tamil cinema. Our hero Arjun (Vikram Prabhu) is a chilled-out youth, (of course popular filmy name to describe an urban Chennai boy, it’s either Arjun or Gautham) who likes to make the most of his time. When an unpredicted situation leads him to solve a kidnapping, he uses the most-logical methods of tracing the suspect. Like most thriller films, here too you have a cop who helps our hero. And just when you thought, the hero’s introduction isn’t given a ‘mass’ entry. You see a dying cop raving about his strength and motivating him to defeat the bad guy.
The premise is nothing exceptional; you have an earnest youth who venges to expose the conniving side of a politician, with the help of the media. The first-half is the highlight of the film. It’s quick and gives us leads into the kidnap scenes. But the same can’t be said about the second-half. With illogical and clumsy fight sequences and amateurish dialogues, it leads to an unsatisfying second-half. Not to forget the repetitive lines the characters mouth. Every time the cop said – ‘’Fast! Why don’t I have the information?”, ‘’Fast! Keep it moving’’. It’s as if the cop is reflecting the mood of the audience.
A special mention to the scene, when you find the leads discuss about WiFi and I.P. Address, that even a 16 year-old would have knowledge about. Maybe the filmmaker planned on delivering this information to the audience? The film does have few scenes that would get the audiences’ attention – especially the climax and the enchanting scenes between Arjun and Anamika.
Why should you watch this film?
Watch this film for the spell-binding picturization, top-lined by some racy action sequences. Despite of its flaws, the film might entertain you.