Ner Konda Paarvai Review & Rating
Nerkonda Paarvai Review: Well-Made Film And An Essential Watch
The gaze of Ajith Kumar has an impact on the proceedings and he did his part perfectly to get the essence right with this Tamil remake of Bollywood classic Pink. The social thriller was one termed one of the best films of all time for a reason and established the lead actress of the film as a proper choice for the women-oriented subjects. This despite the Herculean presence of Amitabh Bachchan.
Coming to Nerkonda Paarvai, the film was expectedly spin around the stardom of Ajith Kumar, who commendably she’s his usual baggage of starry antics and played the part of a middle-aged lawyer with a troubled personal life. Even the addition of a well-choreographed action sequence and a song didn’t hamper the flow of the narration. Director H. Vinoth has done a good job. With this, out of the way, let’s get into touch with the story.
Meera Krishnan (an interesting choice of name), Famila, and Andrea are three friends who are more modern in their outlook towards life. They are from varied backgrounds and Andrea is visibly from North India. Their encounter with a boys gang lead by Aadhik who has an influential background. Aadhik and his friends Venky and Viswa invite the girls to a dinner and later they go to a resort to spend some jolly good time.
But this has serious consequences for the girls as Aadhik thinks the openness of Meera and her friends as an invitation to... and try to advance upon Meera. Meera resists him and this ends with Meera hitting Aadhik on his head with a bottle. The girls flee the scene but are later pursued by Aadhik and co. Fed up with their blackmailing, the girls file a police complaint on Aadhik but the boys file a reverse complaint on Meera and others for an attempt to murder.
This leads to a court case where the girls apparently stand no chance. Enter Bharath Subramaniam. He is a middle aged lawyer, an expert in court proceedings at that, but mired in personal problems due to his depression over a personal loss. The girls only hope is his decision to appear on their behalf. How and if he helps them get justice form the rest of the story.
Ajith is excellent in his role and has a similarly commanding screen presence as Amitabh Bachchan. But his starry turn may off-put those who loved the original but trust us, he never owned the role and became Bharath Subramaniam on the screen. His voice added value to the mythical aura of the character and the eyes maintained an understated intensity throughout. His dialogue delivery is impeccable.
Shraddha Srinath is terrific in her role but Meera couldn’t be a breakout role for her as the same role was for Taapsee. But she’s passively aggressive in her role and did put on a commendable performance. Her histrionics are great and are without going the way of melodrama. Abhirami Venkatachalam makes her presence felt and did steal a scene or two with her act. Same is the case with Andrea Tariang who reprised her own role from the original.
It is the strong negative characters which give real strength to the positive characters and elevate them and Arjun Chidambaram as Aadhik (again well christened) is a personification of misogyny. His male chauvinistic attitude makes you feel uncomfortable and we can say that he succeeded in his role. Rangaraj Pandey who played another aptly named character, that the lawyer who appears on behalf of the boys is a caricature. His tone is too monotonous. Also, he failed to withstand the aura of Ajith. Rest of the actors did justice to their roles.
The direction of the film is adequate and the additions made to the original are organic for the most part. The musical score by Yuvan Shankar Raja is top-notch. The score he has given to the sole action sequence gives you goosebumps. The cinematography by Nirav Shah is first-rate. It carried the mood of the film properly. The editing is neat. The production design is superb. The production values by Boney Kapoor and co. are excellent.
Vidya Balan has a near cameo in the film and she pulled it off well. Presence of an actress of such stature brought depth to the otherwise ordinary moments in the film. But it is not a character worthy of her talents. Delhi Ganesh has a neat cameo too.
Nerkonda Paarvai is a must-watch film not just for its message. It is an essential watch for everyone. It also stands as a good example of how to cater to the image of the star without losing the essence of the film’s subject. Go and watch it.
- Subject matter
- Ajith Kumar's understated star turn
- Tight narration that is faithful to the original
- Shraddha Srinath and co.
- Great negative characters
- Rangaraj Pandey could have been better
- The film would have clicked even without that fight and that song
Pycker Rating: 3.25 out of 5
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All the eyes of Tamil movie buffs are on Nerkonda Paarvai and such is the anticipation for this Thala Ajith starrer. The official Tamil remake of the Bollywood classic Pink, the H. Vinoth directorial has its preview today and the film received universal acclaim from the early watchers. Tight screenplay, Ajith's star turn and some intense performances all added up to the effect created by the film. It is said to be one of the best socially relevant films in Tamil Cinema. Ajith has carried the film on his shoulders.
The second half of the film is where the real magic starts. The court scenes and the dialogues in that block are excellent and represent the true essence of the film. Nerkonda Paarvai is a powerful reflection on the patriarchal mindset independent women faces in our society. Hats off to Thala Ajith for doing such a daring and difficult role so convincingly. Shraddha Srinath is fabulous in her role. Director H. Vinoth has come up with a narration which is faithful to the original and a few essential commercial ingredients.
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