Nimirnthu Nil is a movie based on a current societal issue which is plaguing the contemporary state of affairs, namely corruption. Director Samuthirakani who initially made rural themed movies has always been credited with producing flicks which conveys an important message to its viewers, and treading on the same lines this movie is no different from them. The film is also being seen as a crucial and career altering movie for its protagonist, “Jayam” Ravi, read on to know how this movie fares amongst the common public.
Aravind Sivaswamy(Jayam Ravi) is a simple and well educated guy who has high moral values in the form of being truthful and disciplined. Once he grows up, he is fed up with the corrupt system prevalent in the country but still doesn’t bat an eyelid on his basic morals. His righteous behaviour falls under ridicule by people surrounding him as well as his enemies and he is determined to alter the entire political system and bureaucratic class for good. How he goes about his business and achieves his noble goal inspite of all the odds form the plot of the movie.
Jayam Ravi, who plays a double role in the film has essayed his character with aplomb and near perfection, although the movie is doused with several masala elements which kind of downplays his lively performance. The major segment of the first half of the movie sees him portraying an innocent man with noble intentions and he has brought life in to the character by means of his natural acting, Jayam Ravi has also done a neat job in emotional scenes where he is able to establish a connect with the audience. However, the second half is a let down of sorts and his performance is also affected owing to mediocre narration. To add to that, the other role that he plays in the second half is kind of average and one wonders whether was there any real need to instil double role for the protagonist. Perhaps, the real victor through this flick is Soori, who has received great responses from the viewers by means of his performance. The talented actor has not only set the stage on fire in the comic segments of the movie, he has also crisply played the role of Jayam Ravi’s best friend. His character is more of a dual role, on one side he has delivered great punch lines, counters and funny jibes and on the other side he has also flawlessly played the mature man who stands by the hero. Both of his roles are noteworthy. Amala Paul’s lively performance matches Jayam Ravi’s frame to frame, but the actress has been underused as a mere love interest of the hero. The other heroine Ragini Diwedi has very less screen space and subsequently less scope for performance, even lesser than Amala Paul. Other actors like Nassar, Sarathkumar, Gnanasambandham, Thambi Ramaiah have played their roles adequately.
Famed music composer G.V.Prakash Kumar fails to impress big time through his background score. The first song which has been shot in montages is an exception and the melody has been well composed, one must say. However, other songs seem to be a mere formality and doesn’t strike a chord with the viewers. The movie’s screenplay, which is done by the director himself progresses at a brisk pace and aptly compliments the storyline of the film. Cinematography by M.Sukumar and M.Jeevan is average and was found to be wanting in many sequences. Although their work in the first song is commendable, the overall camera work could have been much better in various segments. One major drawback in the film is the VFX portion. The highway stunt sequence for example was way too artificial for anyone’s liking and failed to capture the imagination of the masses by and large.
Direction – Samuthirakani
The acclaimed director who stormed in to mainstream cinema by his rural based plots has failed to impress in this big budget and multi starrer flick. Nimirnthu Nil’s highlight is its powerful dialogues, which has always been Samuthirakani’s technical stronghold. The director could have bettered the film by avoiding unnecessary song and dance sequences which were just meant to add masala element to the film. Also, the movie does not do so well on the logic quotient with most scenes being too dramatical and far from reality. The rhetoric of a anti-corruption storyline has already been tested way too many times in tamil cinema and this film narrates the story in a not so different manner. The humour segment is worth underlining and Samuthirakani’s favoured actors bring much cheer to the crowd.