Nalla Nilaavulla Rathri Malayalam Movie

Feature Film | 2023 | Drama
'Nalla Nilavulla Rathri' is a thriller, which has a promising start by setting a gripping premise that rightly arouses myriad expectations. Dearth of imagination and slipshod writing in the latter half turn out to be decisive as the interest in the tale whittle away gradually.
Jul 1, 2023 By K. R. Rejeesh

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The spearheading factor about Murphy Devasy's debutant directorial is that it has all the fripperies for a thriller. At a glance, 'Nalla Nilavulla Rathri' offers a potential package flexible for carving it to one's choice. With the introduction of major characters, the dejà vu mode sets in regarding what is in store for us and the following events justify the hunch.

Set in the picturesque landscape of Kanthalloor in Idukki, 'Nalla Nilavulla Rathri' introduces Peter (Dr Rony David) and Rajeev (Nithin George), who are engaged in organic farming there. They have partnership business with their college friends Joshy (Binu Pappu) and Dominic (Jinu Joseph). One day, four friends bump into their college mate Kurian at Marayur. Kurian is in a financial crisis as he owes Rs 3.5 crore to Achayan (Saikumar), a wealthy businessman.

During the meeting with his college friends, Kurian informs them that around 266 acres of land in Shimoga, Karnataka, is for sale and that is for a song. He also suggests that they can expand their farming business there. Even as the friends agree to the proposal first, there crops up different opinions among them later. Still, they decide to go to Shimoga to see the plot with an old cottage in the middle of it.

Kurian takes his relative Paul Joseph (Sajin Cherukayil) for the trip along with him. The friends begin the trip in a vehicle driven by a youth, played by Ganapathy. After reaching the cottage, they engage in drunken revelry. Interestingly, all of them are furtive about their own plans. Then another friend Irumban (Chemban Vinod Jose), who is a self-proclaimed goon in Mysuru, turns up there. What follows after sometime is gory violence and bloodbath in that cottage.

Written by Murphy Devasy and Praful Suresh, 'Nalla Nilavulla Rathri' has an enticing premise adorned by the egos of the characters and their scheming plans. The plot reaches a domain by exuding various possible dimensions of the tale and it is ramped up by the arrival of Irumban. But the mayhem and violence in the climax gives the feel of a stagnant imagination by the writers, giving a lukewarm result after all the hard work had been done.

Even as performances are hardly outstanding, Baburaj and Jinu Joseph impress by smartly exuding their wilful intentions, leading to whip up curiosity in the tale. Kurian plays a 'game' with his old friends but he is unaware that others too are conspiring against him. The struggle for money and land turns out to be a matter of survival for the characters among whom Peter is emotionally connected to his family. He has little greed for money but worries about his daughter's health. Dr Rony brings off grabbing sympathy by portraying Peter with emotional strands.

Ajay David Kachappilly, the cinematographer, excels in capturing the amazing landscapes and the climax sequences. In a riveting milieu, 'Nalla Nilavulla Rathri' sustains darkness in the plot to create ambiguity as well as dismal feeling. Dearth of imagination and slipshod writing in the latter half turn out to be decisive as the interest in the tale whittle away gradually.

K. R. Rejeesh