Cast: Nivin Pauly, Natty, Shraddha Srinath, Lakshmi Priyaa, Prakash Raj
Direction & dialogues: Gautham Ramachandran
Story: Rakshit Shetty
Screenplay: Rakshit Shetty, Gautham Ramachandran
Music director: B.Ajaneesh Loknath
Cinematographer: Pandi Kumar
Editor: Athul Vijay
Release date: 08-12-2017
Censor certificate: UA
Run time: 1hr, 50mins
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Nivin Pauly is a gangster. Shraddha Srinath is a journalist who decides to write an article about Nivin. For that, she starts to collect information about him. How few people say about an incident he was involved in forms the remaining story.
Narration pattern is so different and it turned out to be quite a new experience. His dialogues are effective and boosts up the situations. Script is decent, the story-telling method is experimental and it has given an unique flavor to the film. Nivin Pauly looks terrific and he has done his job perfectly. Elango Kumaravel has got a good characterization among the bunch of supporting artists. Aadukalam Murugadoss has his share of moments to heat the friendship angle. Prakash Raj’s subtle role is neatly written and gives a varied view towards him. Ajaneesh Loknath’s songs are decent, also fits well with the flow. His background music is powerful, especially the theme track to Nivin is haunting. Pandi Kumar’s cinematography is rich, the angles and color tones are correctly implemented. Betrayal’s pain is wonderfully conveyed towards the end. Shraddha Srinath’s closing message justifies the entire movie. Climax is smartly taken which answers to all the question running in audience’s mind.
This kind of less aware execution needs a proper care while handling, but Gautham Ramachandran’s direction is a misfire to the film. Rakshit Shetty and Gautham’s screenplay is engaging only in bits, also the beyond the limit sluggish pace has made it a boring drama. In spite of opening the main matter at the beginning, the film fails to progress accordingly till interval. In fact nothing seems to be moving until break point, in precise the flow sticks at the starting point even at mid-way. None of the supporting actors are given proper importance. Even some of the lead characters are missed to get neat sketches. Shraddha Srinath’s motive behind her behavior is very much predictable. Natty’s Madurai flashback has nothing to do with the plot here, except for a small connect in the present situation. There are countless number of sequences which carries unnecessary over-detailing, and the time taken to explain is just too much. Film fails to travel in a single path even after the interval. Postponing everything to reveal at the climax ended up as a bad idea as everyone is clueless about the things happening on screen. Athul Vijay’s editing is average, he could’ve discussed a lot more with director to chop few scenes. Unfortunately the slow motion shots doesn’t elevate the heroism.
Definitely not for the mainstream audience, rarely engaging drama which is once watchable for its new-age narration.
Movie Rating – 2.25/ 5.
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