Verdict: Indha Nilai Maarum conveys an important message in a thoughtful manner.
Written and directed by Arunkanth V. who has also scored the music for this film, Indha Nilai Maarum stars newcomers Ashwin Kumar and Ramkumar, alongside T. M. Karthik Srinivasan, Delhi Ganesh and Y.G. Mahendran. Lakshmy Ramakrishnan makes a cameo appearance.
What’s Indha Nilai Maarum About:
Deva (Ramkumar) and Surya (Ashwin Kumar) are friends who quit their cushy job at their respective IT firms to start something meaningful on their own. Through their internet radio station, they aim to shed light on the unfair expectations of marriage and matrimony that plague society today. In the process, they lock horns with a magazine publication that runs cliched matrimonial advertisements. What ensues is a war of words between the two parties that transpires into a legal battle.
The director attempts to educate the public on the dangers of falling for ancient societal norms and outdated expectations of matrimony. The barriers that both young men and women face when it comes to the profession they choose or their physical appearance is challenged and questioned. Seasoned actors like Delhi Ganesh who plays the judge in the legal hearing and Y.G. Mahendran who plays the prosecuting lawyer prove their mettle in the limited time that they are given. T. M. Karthik Srinivasan as the boss of the magazine publication is also in good form, his comic timing and repartee with a hapless employee in the firm being one of the film’s highlights.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Narratives of this nature need to be handled with a little more sensitivity and depth. The two friends rarely seem invested in their endeavors possibly because the actors playing them are pretty rough around the edges. The Michael Jackson inspired character tries too hard to bring some comedic relief. The background music can be jarring sometimes and serves little purpose except to distract the audience from hearing the dialogues clearly. But the biggest disservice is meted out to Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, who vanishes as quickly as she appears. For an actor of her repute, a better role should definitely have been written.
Why You Should Watch:
Indha Nilai Maarum aims to highlight archaic views that still control our society today. In just a little over two hours, it doesn’t drag on incessantly and isn’t marred by unnecessary song and dance. While it definitely needs fine-tuning and a more robust approach to tackling its themes, it still provides for a worthy one-time watch.
– Sharanya Shankar