Nimir Review: A faithful remake of the original
Would work for audiences who haven’t seen the original
Friday 26 January 2018
Udhayanidhi Stalin, Namitha Pramod, Samuthirakani, Mahendran, MS Baskar, Karunakaran, Parvathy
It's quite surprising to see Udhayanidhi Stalin coming out of his comfort zone to attempt a realistic-drama like Nimir, a remake of Malayalam film Maheshinte Prathikaaram. Though Nimir is no way near the magic of the original, the makers have delivered the film with honesty and it works to an extent.
National Selvam (Udhayanidhi) is an innocent young photographer, who doesn’t have any big aim in life. But Selvam’s dad Shanmugham (Mahendran) is a passionate photographer who still has the thirst to capture something magical in his old age.
Selvam’s only happiness is to marry his longtime ladylove Valli (Parvathy Nair) but she dumps him after finding a boy from an affluent family. Even before Valli’s rejection, Selvam gets embarrassed in front of his friends and people in his village after a stranger (Samuthirakani) beats him in a busy market. Our protagonist takes an oath that he won’t wear slippers until he gives it back to the stranger. Adding fuel to the fire, a young girl (Malar) tells Selvam that he is not good at his job. How Selvam recovers from his low time and wears the slipper forms the crux of the second half…
There are a few films which would work only if made in certain locations and Maheshinte Prathikaaram is one such film. Nevertheless, director Priyadarshan has tried his best to cater the same script for the Tamil audiences. As said earlier, everything about Nimir is honest and there is no compromise but the ‘magic’ is missing. Maybe because everything is well explained and spoon-fed here whereas, in the original, things were subtle and the rest was left to the audience to understand. Also, the Tenkasi people’s lifestyle is not explored, we only see it in the locations and couldn’t feel the nativity. For instance, all the actor's are comfortably speaking only normal Tamil and there is no specific slang for them. One would notice all these flaws in the first half but once the characters are established and the screenplay moves towards the main conflict, scenes start flowing coherently.
Performance wise, Nimir is Udhayanidhi’s career best, he has given his heart and soul to the character. As an actor, Udhay has evolved so much and delivered a commendable performance. Among the two heroines, Namitha Pramod impresses us a lot with her bubbly performance whereas Parvathy Nair is just okay. The rest of the actors including Mahendran, MS Baskar, Karunakaran, and Samuthirakani have given what is exactly required for their characters.
Ekambaram’s camera aesthetically shoots the effervescent natural landscape of Tenkasi. Music is another important hero—songs by Darbuka Siva and Ajaneesh and background score by Ronnie R Raphael are brilliant.
Overall, Nimir would work for audiences who haven’t seen the original but for others, it would be an average watch.
Nimir review - Verdict: Faithful remake
Reactions from Social Media:
To all the @Udhaystalin Fans out there...
NIMIRndhu Nillungal! :) Casual performance in #Nimir
Film Distributor TN @RangaSubramanim
@Udhaystalin sir what a performance after #Manithan your best performance in recent times.
Jackie Cinemas @jackiecinemas
#Nimir Cinemotography by #Ekambaram was the backbone for the movie as he understood the soul of #maheshinteprathikaaram and given his best @priyadarshandir @Udhaystalin @imNamitha @paro_nair #NimirReview
Vj Dinesh @logindinesh05
#Nimir #NimirReview #NimirFromToday 2nd half is much better than 1st half . If All characterisation could be used well then this will be hit movie but all roles are wasted.There is no specific strong scenes overall Average Movie and camera man did well
As an actor @Udhaystalin has evolved so much and delivered a commendable performance in #Nimir, which is a faithful remake of #MaheshintePrathikaaram.
Ramesh Bala @rameshlaus
A simple slice of life story.. With good humour and emotions.. @Udhaystalin has given an earnest performance.. @paro_nair is good as the love interest.. @actorkaruna comedy works well.. Songs r pleasant.. @priyadarshandir has remade it nicely for Tamil.. Go 4 it!
Kaushik LM @LMKMovieManiac
#Nimir : @paro_nair gets the beautiful melody, Eppodhum Unmael Nyabagam, with @Udhaystalin in the 1st half. Expecting it to become a Hit on music channels.
She looks her best so far in Tamil, with elegant costumes Her character's exit paves the way for the other heroine's entry
Watched #Nimir for @paro_nair Ur experssion smile acting Super All the best ..
குழந்தை அருண் New @aruntwitzzz
Watched #Nimir with @imarudhanayagam
Film goes to extradinery well.. Nice flick too..
@Udhaystalin gives completely great performance
@paro_nair Beauty at the best
Sure shot hit
Watched #Nimir ..A simple and beautiful film..Loved @paro_nair realistic performance Wish she gets such type of roles..