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Nirnayakam Review

Review by IndiaGlitz [ Monday, June 8, 2015 • മലയാളം ]
Nirnayakam Review
Asif Ali, Malavika Mohanan, Tisca Chopra, Lena Abhilash, Nedumudi Venu, Saiju Kurup, Shankar Ramakrishnan, Prem Prakash, Sudheer Karamana, Prakash Bare, Anoop Chandran, Mukundan, Hemanth, Risabava, Adil Ibrahim, Rony David, Sanusha, Sreedevi Unni
V. K. Prakash

Justice and freedom are twin themes that are more or less a staple in Malayalam cinema. However, VK Prakash's latest release 'Nirnayakam' has beautifully stayed away from the cliches to offer a gripping tale which is all about the above mentioned themes. Though the theme is very intense, the treatment has the right mix of fun and seriousness. Injustices, compromises, lone man's fight, vested interests are all weighty issues that the movie shoulders.

'Nirnayakam' has an interesting take off from the National Defense Academy where Ajay played by Asif Ali is a student. He never really fits in, not making head or tail of the regimented army life and quits halfway. From here, the movie takes a new trajectory as we are introduced to Venukuutan depicted brilliantly by Nedumudi Venu, who is grieved by the social decay. He fights for what he sees as justice.

Into this interesting mix appears Prakash Prem, who plays an advocate. He fights cases for Venukuttan. Ajay is his son. The father-son relationship is conveyed beautifully with its complex
emotions. Ajay's meeting with his ailing father becomes a turning point in the story. Tisca Chopra appears as Ajay's mother. That is another relationship that stands out. Prakash Prem as the firebrand advocate is very impressive and he has carried this huge role with ease.

The script is by Bobby -Sanjay duo. 'Nirnayakam' is one of their serious scripts which has been done quite well. With VKP's oeuvre, the movie is lifted above the ordinary. What is refreshing is
how the themes are conveyed without getting didactic or preachy or even sensationalizing the commonplace. An everyday theme like demonstrations and hartals are dealt with, with much finesse. This alone makes the movie a riveting watch. Among the cast, it is Prakash Prem who stands out. The BG, editing and cinematography has been done well and in a discrete manner.

'Nirnayakam' is definitely an engrossing watch which has a very relevant topic. It holds existing power systems and concepts of justice and freedom up for scrutiny. VKP has given the right kind of treatment for this weighty movie making it an enjoyable ride.

Rating - 3.5/5

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