Nimir movie review and ratings.

January 26, 2018

Nimir movie review: The remake of Maheshinte Prathikaaran starring Udhayanidhi Stalin and directed by Priyadharshan.The first few scenes of Maheshinte Prathikaram and Nimir are the same on paper. Priyadarshan’s Nimir, starring Udhayanidhi Stalin in the lead, is set against the backdrop of enchanting Tenkasi, into which cinematographer N.K Ekambaram breathes life with his frames, and his visuals are a treat to the eyes.Mahesh (Fahadh Faasil who plays the lead in the original) just places it on the banks, a cinematic moment is created around Udhaynidhi. Selvam (Udhay) lifts the pair of slippers high above his head like a trophy in a gesture that feels close to triumph.Among the supporting cast, veteran filmmaker Mahendran pleasantly surprises with a measured performance.The effect is compounded with the fleshed out relationship between Selvam and his father (Mahendran). In place of his cryptic one-word pointers, we get wordy answers. Just like the women who dance in the intro song, the return of Selvam’s ex-girlfriend at the end of the film is probably Priyadharshan’s biggest shot to the gallery. And somehow that tired bit around the ‘admonishing, dominating wife’ seemed to still elicit raucous laughter. Sigh. Incidentally, the plot is based on a true story and since it is set in a small town like Tenkasi – where people keep track of each others’ affairs and are more interested in the lives of others – the plot works, but what the film lacks is a strong protagonist like Fahadh Faasil, who was the driving force of the original (Maheshinte Prathikaaram) with his natural but arresting screen presence. While Udhay is decent in the titular character, he’s no close enough match to Fahadh.Film visuals are breathtaking. The Thenkasi in Nimir reminds of the wonderful colour palette our villages inherently possess and Priyadharshan has made the most of it. It is also a throwback to a lifestyle that is now almost extinct — one where water bodies are convergent points of human interaction. Aiding to the visual aesthetics, the music is splendid. Ronnie R Raphael (background score), Darbuka Siva and Ajaneesh Lokanath give some spectacular music. Nimir’s music and windy sonic hues breathe effervescence into the pretty frames.

To sum up, Nimir’s honest, laid-back narrative is bound to make you reel in nostalgia if you haven’t seen the original. For those who have, expect a fairly faithful remake that overreaches at points to satisfy the mainstream and you won’t be disappointed.

REVIEW RATINGS:✯✯.75/5

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