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Nimir movie review: Stunning visuals make up for insipid drama in this Udhayanidhi Stalin film

Nimir movie review: The remake of Maheshinte Prathikaaran starring Udhayanidhi Stalin and directed by Priyadharshan lacks overall impact that the original film had achieved.

movie reviews Updated: Jan 26, 2018 10:56 IST
Nimir movie review: A still from the movie featuring Udhayanidhi Stalin and Parvati.

Nimir
Director: Priyadarshan
Cast: Udhayanidhi Stalin, Namitha Pramod, Parvatii Nair, Mahendran, MS Bhaskar and Karunas
Rating: 2/5
Priyadarshan’s Nimir is undoubtedly Udhayanidhi Stalin’s best work after Manithan. Incidentally, both these films are remakes and are no match for the original. As much as Udhay makes these films his own, chipping in the kind of performance that’s very unlike him, one can’t help feeling let down because of the lack of overall impact.

Nimir is the remake of Fahadh Faasil’s Maheshinte Prathikaaram. Except for teasing with stunning visuals, thanks to cinematographer NK Ekambaram, it fails to recreate the magic created by the original.

It revolves around the life of a photographer called National Selvam, played by Udhay. He is beaten up in a market in his town and swears revenge. He also announces he will not wear his slippers till he avenges the beating. The incident sets in motion a chain of events through which we see various sides of Selvam. He’s vulnerable and naïve, but at the same time stubborn and kind. He lives with his father and the bond they share is heartwarming. There are hardly any dialogues between them but still they exchange so much.

Udhay is decent in the titular role but he struggles to achieve what Fahadh effortlessly earned through this role. Namitha Pramod in her Tamil debut is a revelation. She’s a delight to watch on screen and does full justice to her character. Parvati, as usual, gets to do very little in a needless role. Music by Darbuka Siva and Ajaneesh Loknath deserve special praise for the songs and score, especially the portion that leads to the climax action scene.

Nimir works in parts, like the most portion of the second half, but it’s not enough to make us root for the entire film.

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First Published: Jan 26, 2018 10:51 IST