It's a nick of time and Vetri (Nivin Pauly) has to push himself through his crucial phase. A humorous baddie Vaddi Raja (Simha) is giving him no space to breath, his childhood sweetheart Veni (Nazriya Nazim) has eloped from her home and someone has snatched her chain, three strangers (RJ Ramesh of 'Soodhu Kavvum' fame and others) grabbing his money that has to pay his lender, a ridiculous cop Katta Kunju (John Vijay) is tracing him out with accordance to complaint lodged by Veni's father (Thambi Ramaiah) on abduction case. Wedged between fortune and fate, will Vetri able to reclaim everything?
First five minutes into the film, you're clear to know what's going to happen in the next couple of hours. When such a script is put down on papers, it would instantly grab your senses. Perhaps, if you are someone hearing this story from the one, who watched the film, you might feel it to be impressive. Yes, the basic plot of Neram is appreciable, but the problem strikes with a flimsy writing as the screenplay turns out to be weak in places. The film's duration might be 1 hr. 57 minutes, but if slow motion was avoided, it would have not exceeded a duration of 90 minutes and minus the fast-cut rewind of 10 minutes, you just calculate the running length.
The entire star-cast needs a ton of appreciation for their laudable performance. Be it lead pairs Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim or the other actors, they make the film lively in places diminishing the slow momentum. Special mention for the colossal performance of Nasser and John Vijay. Their scenes score brownie points and tickle our funny bones. The twist in the climax is okay. Nivin Paul has more possibilities to bag big offers and he is capable of performing challenging roles. Nazriya Nazim has been already a show-stopper in tinsel town pairing with big stars. She is here to make a big mark.
The cinematography is of top-notch quality and heroine looks beautiful with the shot compositions. Editing is too rapid, which spoils the ambience of film. The first melody song and 'Pistah' remix is a special treat, especially the latter one placed at the right moment in climax enlivens the moment.
On the whole, director Alphonse Putharen seems to have stuck somewhere in blending humour and thriller together. If he had focussed on delivering an engaging screenplay, Neram would have easily got into the league of groundbreaking movies of this decade.
What works:Performance, heroine Nazriya Nazim, John Vijay, Nasser, Pistah song, dialogues
What doesn't work: Editing, screenplay, lack of raciness and illogical quotients.
Verdict:Middling show overall
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