Thirumanam Enum Nikkah: Film Review – A mildly-entertaining film, that could’ve worked better

 Half-witted, convoluted and puzzling, like its script, Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah is a long and tiring love story, stretched longer than a bubble gum. Inspite of a good plot, the film works, but partially. This, mainly because of its clumsy screenplay, which is all over the place. Director Aneesh’s Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah, works partially and baffles you on the whole.

The director uses an intriguing chase sequence, to create a sense of hype among the audience. Perhaps, this is the only scene which will steadily have you hooked. The director’s intention is earnest; he seeks to establish a run-of-the-mill plot on the cross-cultural divide. But why create forced twists, when the filmmaker could’ve given a sweet love story. A story that could’ve dealt with friendship and love, laced with the same cultural-religious twist. For instance, you have the amusing biryani scene in the beach, where, Jai easily handles the situation, by what was taught to him. But the whole episode goes topsy-turvy, that it takes a toll on the audience. The dialogues in this film seem wary and silly; for instance, you have an early scene where the lead remarks that the heroine could’ve safeguarded herself from the pervert, had she worn a pardha. Sexist much?
 
 
Good enunciation can help establish a film’s milieu, but the case is entirely different here. The Urdu dialogues mouthed by the Muslim Unani doctor (sorry, but Unani physicians can’t be qualified as doctors) are commendable, in fact, they are terrific. But the same cannot be said about the lines spoken by the other members of the household; therefore failing to fit the milieu completely. It’s not just that, the filmmaker chooses to have a fathiha with a Kawali number. As if displaying this ingenuine practice wasn’t enough, the filmmaker then opts for a Turkish-style of Sufi singing, on the occasion of Ramzan (one form of Shirk, perhaps?).
 
The portrayal of the Muslim culture is good, but bogged down by clichés and lack of research. One error is when the Unani explains about the 5 pillars of Islam. And let me tell you, circumcision is definitely, not one of them. May be the filmmaker wanted to create a few laughs here, but this concept is both alien and inaccurately presented to the audience. And sequences which highlight Sunni and Shia culture is confusing, given that the filmmaker’s motive was to give an insight into the Muslim culture, why would the amalgamation of both these be portrayed? The whole film is hurdled by some ’90s style of technical aspects – the sudden insert shots, drastic jump cuts, and the funny imaginary reflection of their respective partners. But the saving grace of the film is Jai’s quintessential performance, top-lined by Ghibran’s background score.
 
Why should you watch this film?
 
Watch this film for its portrayal of different cultures, and for Jai’s quick-witted humor.
 

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