Sunday 7 June 2015
V K Prakash
Asif Ali, Malavika Mohanan
Director V K Prakash's Nirnaayakam is tailor made for those 'popcorn revolutionaries' who believe that they are fighting the system, even when all they do is to publish their own opinions through their Facebook posts.
Ajay (Asif Ali) is an NDA cadet, who comes from a broken family. He quits NDA after an incident and goes to his mother Sriprada (Tisca Chopra), who is having a new man in her life, whom Ajay hates.
He then goes to his father Sidhartha Sankar (Prem Prakash), a noted lawyer who is currently in the news for handling a controversial case. The focus of the story then suddenly shifts to a tirade against some officials and a politician, who represents the 'system'.
The script by Bobby and Sanjay has its moments for sure but is a rather confused one, which meanders along aimlessly. It all ends in a lengthy courtroom drama that leaves many questions unanswered.
But the relevance of the film is in presenting some topical issues that goes often unheard in the cacophony that we come across in the society around us. The arrogance of those who are in power who never care a hoot about the agonies of the common man is being discussed here.
Still, delve deep into the plot and it is seen that beneath all the seriousness put forward by the film, there is evidently some hypocrisy involved. There is an eagerness to put the blame on others, as selfish interests are shown as the voice of the 'public'.
If it's true, then how do we define public? Those who follow political ideologies are all corrupt and the rest are all suffering?
V K Prakash and the scenarists have thrown some issues for the public to debate. But these are random thoughts, but it barely succeeds in becoming an engaging movie. The visuals are okay but the background score irks you at times.
To the credit of the actors, there are some really good performances, especially from Asif Ali who impresses with a matured and restrained show. But it is Prem Prakash, who scores big, with a fantastic performance.
Malavika Mohanan, who plays Asif's love interest, has nothing much to do other than to look pretty. Nedumudi Venu, Sudheer Karamana and Saiju Kurup have done their parts well.
You can agree with the politics put forward by Nirnaayakam or not, but it can't be denied that the issues presented here are there in the minds of many. The film takes sides and whether you agree to it or not will depend on which side you are in. Now, decide on your own.