Samuthirakani is one of the better directors in Tamil cinema, who had a style of his own with his kind of small town stories. Now Kani has joined hands with Jayam Ravi to make a Shankar style film seeking vigilante justice, against the corrupt in the society.
Nimirinthu Nil works in bits and pieces with a terrific first half which slows down post interval. The highlight of the film is the terrific performance of Jayam Ravi in a dual role. He has done full justice to the author backed role where he plays ‘Mr Nice Guy’ and a ‘cunning crooked fox’ with ease.
The first half is where the meat of the story lies. Aravind (Jayam Ravi) is a brilliant IT professional who follows the rules of the land. He is fighting for a corruption free society and refuses to pay bribes in day to day life.
His girlfriend (Amala Paul) and buddy (Soori) says that it is better to swim with the tide than go against it. However, Aravind in his crusade against corruption rubs a lot of powerful people the wrong way, and lands in big trouble.
There are lot of scenes in the film reminding you of Shankar’s Aniyaan and other cleansing the society type films. The first half of the film holds your interest with some great dialogues and subtle comedy by Soori. But it peters out in the second half which becomes preachy and has three songs which acts like speed breakers.
It is an out and out Jayam Ravi film as it gives him enough scope to perform. And his dialogue delivery is one of the highlights of the film. The court and police station scenes, has been able to bring out the essence of the character.
Amala Paul has a cute role in which she shows that she is a performing actress. Sarathkumar does an impressive cameo as a CBI officer.Soori with his tongue-in-cheek remarks is good as the hero’s friend, Vijay TV anchor Gopinath makes a decent debut. Ragini Dwidevi just has a mass song and disappears. GV Prakash’s music and BGM is in tune with the theme of the film.
Samuthirakani has a nice message to say that in our corruption ridden society only the mean and cunning survive will improve only if the changes happen within a person. The director had worked his script up to the interval point, but falters in the second half as he thrusts too many commercial elements. Still it is a watchable entertainer.
Verdict - Watchable