Imagine how hard it would be for a city to function without diesel. Lakshmy Ramakrishan’s Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe attempts to recount the stories of the people who are affected by a diesel strike. But instead, the director gives us 3 stories, in form of a travelogue-drama
Due to some sloppy writing, the plot derails and leaves you feeling that the film is open-ended. One of the many plots in the film is the relationship between Piaa and her mother. In several scenes, Pia seems to mouth the lines ‘I hate you’ and acts disrespectful towards her mother. This seems clichéd and unconvincing. Once you learn the reason behind this, you will be puzzled as to why the mother didn’t reveal it earlier. Piaa also trusts a complete stranger and slowly falls for him. The affair between Piaa and Shabeer is redundant. There are too many characters, whose roles are shorter than a minute. It seems like they have a lot more to add but sadly these characters don’t reappear. The inspector, Pia’s friends and the unintentionally funny ‘terrorist’ are few of them. Thambi Ramaiah loud and jarring tone will sound annoying.
The plot of Chandru (Shabeer) and the MLA is the only one that keeps you hooked. But what starts out promising, ends up being puzzling. Out of the actors, Shruthi Hariharan is the most convincing. Although her sequence doesn’t fit into the film’s premise, her performance is noteworthy. Overall, the film is a good attempt, but gets tiresome and boring as it progresses.
Why should you watch the film?
This attempt by Lakshmi Ramakrishnan is highly commendable. She tries to bring several stories together. Watch the film for its run-of-the-mill theme, and if you’re a fan of a road film.