Nirnayakam Malayalam Movie Review
V K Prakash and writers Bobby and Sanjay have opted for a common place and yet highly identifiable theme for 'Nirnayakam' that pokes two fingers right on your face and asks if it isn't yet the moment to stand up and declare once and for all, that enough is enough. Stirring up bracing responses from an inert audience, 'Nirnayakam' is cinema at its insurgent best.
Ajay (Asif Ali) finds it extremely difficult to carry on with the career of his choice and decides to quit his training program at the National Defence Academy. Back home in Mysore with his mother Sreeprada (Tisca Chopra), he toys with other options, when he is requested by his long estranged dad Sidharth Shankar (Prem Prakash) to join him at Cochin. When Ajay discovers that his dad is seriously ill and expects him to donate his bone marrow, the youngster sees red and demands that he be paid money for it.
'Nirnayakam' takes off quite slow, and then accelerates with such ferocity that the viewer is left flabbergasted. The tale as such, goes for a shocker of a turn and before you know it, you are neck deep in a cesspool of events that leaves your head reeling and your invigorated mind all set for some real action.
If you have spent the greater part of your life in Kerala, there is no way in which you cannot identify with the upheaval that Venukkuttan Nair (Nedumudi Venu) leads in 'Nirnayakam', and the sensation of having been stifled to a corner all your life is bound to raise its head yet again in you. The common man like you and me, made to live with the basic denial of our rights day after day, are prodded to a state of liveliness that is brought about by the fire in this septuagenarian who would stop at nothing until he sees that justice has been served.
Bobby - Sanjay's script has an irresistible zing to it that makes your hair stand on its end, as you pay heed to those lines that you have uttered a hundred times yourselves; those words that have often been left unuttered after having set off a rebellion inside your mouth. Hence, when Venukuttan Nair talks of a silence that is at times the staunchest of protests, you think of yourself and the numerous times you have been wronged, and the several occasions when you had chosen to simply keep your lips zipped.
I especially loved the way Bobby and Sanjay knits together the seemingly irreconcilable pieces of this tale together, and towards the climax brings in three characters that we are introduced to at the beginning. Perhaps a bit too dramatic, but one should hand it over to the writers for having driven the nail straight onto the plank and having got a point or two settled right across.
'Nirnayakam' does not have a wadding moment in it that tests your endurance, and things move ahead at such rapid pace, that the couple hours of running time that the film has is wrapped up all neat and trim. Shehnad Jalal's frames are slick and spruced up and the musical score by M Jayachandran and the background score by Ousepachan, leave a significant mark.
'Nirnayakam' as much as it remains an Asif Ali film, belongs to the two senior actors, Nedumudi Venu and Prem Prakash who with simply astounding performances brings in a realness to the proceedings that is extremely appealing. Asif Ali is no less impressive and as the youthful man who discovers the true objective of his life, is highly impressive. There are notable performances from actors as Sudheer Karamana, Malavika Mohan, Tisca Chopra and Lena as well.
Having got under your skin, 'Nirnayakam' shoves around and burns you with its prickles. And it is this biting sting that 'Nirnayakam' leaves behind which qualifies it as an essential watch.