Nerkonda Paarvai Tamil Movie Review

Feature Film | UA | Drama, Thriller | 2h 37min
Nerkonda Paarvai stays loyal to the original movie's theme, however, the 'Ajith factor' plays spoil-sport with the narration.
Aug 11, 2019 By Baranidharan Sivasankaran

The Bollywood title, 'PINK,' that stands as a metaphorical reference for everything girly and feminine has been remade in Tamil as 'Nerkonda Paarvai.' The title is aptly plucked from the verses of the erstwhile thought leader of feminism, Subramaniya Bharathi. So, as far as the title is concerned, all have gone well. However, has the narration managed to withstand the whims of a star film? In particular, an 'Ajith film'? After all, the success of 'Pink' was attributed mainly to its organic narrative, which in turn leveraged the powerful performance from an actor like Amitabh Bachchan.

The movie is about three women who get trapped in a situation where they mess with a few spoilt brats. The women get framed for their defense. The societal predicaments for women-centric issues and other pertinent legal aspects surrounding them have been highlighted with some 'Ajith masala' and needlessly tucked in romantic episode (between Ajith and Vidhya Balan).

As mentioned before, after watching 'Pink' where Amitabh was made to play his age, the narrative took a more organic approach, and the action took place within the characters and through the courtroom trial. However, 'Nerkonda Paarvai' being an 'Ajith film' has 'action' with a literal approach with Ajith wielding a boom bar on men of different styles and sizes. He challenges the villain who stands frozen in fright. After all that, he walks between a bevy of cops.

The action bits were impactful and engaging to watch, but in the context of the narrative, it was a colossal letdown, especially for those who have watched 'Pink.' However, Ajith's fans would have been satiated with their star fulfilling his usual 'obligations.'

The three girls - Shraddha Srinath, Abhirami and Andrea Tariang were decent selections and stuck promptly with the performances by the trio in the original. There was nothing special, but yes, it was not off track. Rangaraj Pandey, as the devil's advocate, was a smart selection. His witty remarks and stinging cross-examination reminds us of 'Kelvikkenna Bathil' on Thanthi TV. At times, he wasn't able to balance his act and fell through as an amateurish performer. For a debut film, he was good enough.

Some delicate sensibilities needed balance - the North and South Indian cultural divide. It plays a massive role in making or breaking the narrative. Director H.Vinoth has handled it beautifully and has highlighted the pan-Indian nature of the issue. Its time that a film takes a bold stand in such matters.

Music and BGM by Yuvan were good. 'Vaanil Irul' that plays as a montage now and then was a rollicking melody that helps to keep the mood in scope. Nirav Shah's cinematography was also brilliant, especially in the action scenes (though unwanted).

The movie was loyal to the original's theme, though it liberated itself from the narrative to justify the 'Ajith factor.' That alone made one wonder whether this movie needed Ajith in the first place. Nevertheless, for those who haven't watched 'Pink,' this one would undoubtedly appeal.

Baranidharan Sivasankaran