Nepali Review

Apr 14, 2008 By PVS

The story's theme is relevant in the context of the increasing incidence of sex exploitation of women in general and at workplaces in particular. Director Dhorai has narrated the story with three episodes featuring young Bharat in as many different characters. At its core is the revenge and as with most films in this genre, the protagonist goes on the murderous rampage with the police on the trail. This naturally implies blood and gore.

Karthik (Bharat), who works in an IT company in Ooty, meets Priya (Meera Jasmine). It is love at fight sight. Priya's father opposes it. Left with no other option, the girl leaves home. The marriage is solemnized at a Registrar's office. Angered by his daughter's defiance, the father brings a Sub-Inspector (Raja Ravindar) to threaten and take Priya back. She refuses to be cowed down. A sex pervert as he is the SI is turned on by charming Priya, and he starts harassing her. One day when Karthik was away, the SI tries to force himself on Priya, and she commits suicide to escape from him. To avenge the death of his wife, Karthik kills the SI. He is falsely implicated in the death of Priya and sentenced to a jail term. While serving his term in the jail, he gets acquainted with an old man (Govind Namdev), a Nepali, who reveals to him the secrets about some persons who misuse their high positions for self gratification, and assigns him the task of punishing them after his release. Sentenced to a six-year jail term, a depressed Karthik (Bharat) often attempts suicide. On release from the jail, he turns a serial killer giving the police a tough time. Every time he strikes he intimates in advance to DCP Gautham (Prem) daring the police to nab him. The film opens with the gruesome murder of a computer engineer by Sweater (Bharat) working in a big shop as a delivery boy in the guise of a Nepali. He also kills a professor, a doctor and an hotelier. In the end the three Bharats converge in a suspenseful climax.

Though the story may sound familiar, there is a novelty in the style of its narration. Bharat's modus operandi is also uncommon. The character development is brilliant.

It is by far the most challenging role Bharat has donned in his career. Bharat plays a lover, a man in deep depression developing suicidal tendencies, and a psychopathic killer. His overall performance, especially the depiction of the character of a Nepali positions him as an actor who is more than a commercial hero.

Meena Jasmine in traditional 'thavani' and sari looks a typical Tamil girl without compromising on glamour, which is her forte. She is at her best.

Govind Namdev as a convict, TV artiste Prem as DCP assigned to track down the serial killer, Raja Ravindar as the lecherous SI and Cheran Raj as villainous jailer play their roles with élan.

Srikanth Deva's score, cinematography by Madhi and the work by make-up artist Vidyakar Bhat are plus points.

What is the background of the old Nepali who is imprisoned in a ganja case? From where he has come? The director could have elaborated on this character with a few scenes. The bad jailer often talks to a bigwig. Who is this bigwig?

The director has erred by introducing excessive violence and convoluted plots. It is also not as nuanced as films in this genre ought to be. It's a suspense thriller but only for adults.

Though the story may sound familiar, there is a novelty in the style of its narration. Bharat's modus operandi is also uncommon and the character development brilliant.
Rating: 6 / 10