Movie review 'Arima Nambi': Is gripping in parts

DECCAN CHRONICLE | ANUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN
Published Jul 4, 2014, 11:33 pm IST
Updated Jan 10, 2016, 8:38 am IST
Vikram Prabhu plays his role to near perfection and never overreacts
Vikram Prabhu and Priya Anand in 'Arima Nambi'
 Vikram Prabhu and Priya Anand in 'Arima Nambi'

CAST: Vikram Prabhu, Priya Anand, JD Chakravarthy

DIRECTION: Anand Shankar

 

RATING: **1/2 Above average

Action thrillers with worthy content are the order of the day in Tamil cienma. Anand Shankar, a former assistant to A.R.Murugadoss has chosen one such intelligent plot with Vikram Prabhu helming the affair, which is gripping in parts.

The story begins at a pub where Arjun Krishna (Vikram Prabhu) who works as the sales engineer at a car showroom meets beautiful Anamika Raghunath (Priya Anand) and it was love at first sight for him. And he even sings a song Yaaro Yaar Aval for her and they become friends the same day. After their first date, Anamika takes Arjun to her posh apartment. The couple gets drunk and when all seems groovy, few mysterious men enter and kidnap Anamika. Arjun somehow manages to escape and reaches the nearby police station. But the police officer thinks he is rambling as he is drunk. When Arjun insists, he sends a SI (M.S.Bhaskar) along with him to verify the facts. They reach Anamika’s apartment, but everything seemed intact without a trace of kidnap and the watchman saying that the former was out of station for the last four days. When the evidences reveal nothing ever happened, Arjun is in a dilemma. Now, the onus of rescuing Anamika from the kidnappers falls on him. What follows is a series of mysterious events and how he unravels it with a notorious Central Minister Rishi (JD Chakravathy ) thrown in the scheme of things.

Vikram Prabhu should be given a pat for choosing a script that is apt for his stature. He plays to near perfection and never overreacts. He is full of energy in action blocks especially the long chase sequence atop tall buildings is laudable. Priya Anand as the modern girl looks cute in chic clothes and fits the bill. M.S.Bhaskar in a cameo is noticeable. JD Chakravarthy proves his mettle once again, but reminds one, of his earlier act in Samar.

The McGuffin technique adopted by debutant Anand Shankar is superb with the first half moving at a breakneck pace. But the same cannot be said post interval. There are many logical lapses in the second half with too many things happening in an appalling manner. RD Rajashekar’s extraordinary visuals and tones in stunts and song sequences are the biggest pluses for the movie. In drummer Sivamani’s debut music attempt, the background score enhances the narrative, but songs are disappointing. The movie could have been trimmed in the latter part, which would have made it tauter.

 

Location: Tamil Nadu




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