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Good attempt of Sripriya and outstanding performance by Nithya Menon deserves appreciations!

Reviews 24-Jan-2014 6:23 PM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

A year back, Malayalam filmmaker Aashiq Abu came up with a brilliant film that was starkly powerful. With Riima Kallingal and Fahadh Faasil playing the lead role, it had such a strong appeal and was provokingly unexpected. Veteran actress Sri Priya makes her debut directorial with this film and this remake features Krish and Nithya Menon in lead roles.

The film centers on a happy nurse (Nithya Menon) who has a peaceful life with her colleagues (Kovai Sarala et al). On her decision to work in Canada, she comes across VISA officer Krish and falls in love with him. She leaves her guest house and gets along for a live in relationship. Meanwhile, she is raped by Krish’s boss and things break out of hell… She becomes so much desolated as her trusted one turn against her and is pushed behind bars for a fake case.

To start off with, the complete film belongs to Nithya and she is the one and only showstopper here. She keeps emoting out in a different style from frame to frame. Be the romantic sequences with her beau, the fun-filled moments with her pals, the actress has dropped every bit of performance in excellence. Her transformation in the latter part of the film wins her applause. Krish Sathaar makes a promising debut and registers a fantabulous performance here in this film. Naresh as a baddie is a right choice. Others in the cast including Kovai Sarala, Vidhyulekha Raman, Kotta Srinivas Rao and newcomer Janaki have done their best. On the flip side, the slang of Kovai Sarala gives a doubt whether is it Malayalam or Eelam Tamil. The top-notch cinematography and songs are the plus points of this film. The dialogues that are raised against the evil men who treat women as objects of sex are worthy of claps.

The first half of the film lacks drama and the momentum is very slow. In fact, they don’t seem like a moving film, but as it enters the second hour, there is substantiality in it. The film lacks logic in many places, which could have been avoided.

Verdict: Good attempt of Sripriya and outstanding performance by Nithya Menon deserves appreciations.

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