Mysskin’s yet another trademark

Reviews 24-Nov-2010 11:58 AM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

Mysskin’s long awaited ‘Nandhalala’ is scheduled to hit screens on November 26 we bring you the exclusive review of this film.

First things first, ‘Nandhalala’ is an exact aper of famous Japanese movie ‘Kikujiro’ (1999) directed by Takeshi Mitano. Mysskin has however exerted his influence through the delineation of new characterizations and screenplay. The film’s synopsis has nothing special to mark on with as it’s a road adventure.

It’s an adventure drama as two protagonists meeting various characters on mission of finding their dear mothers. Bhaskar Mani (Mysskin) a half-minded man escapes from the hospital for mentally challenged patients. At a point he comes across a small boy (Ashwath Ram) waiting at bus stop. Situations bring them together as they get on the pursuit of their mothers. The young boy has his mother’s photo and the duo travels to the place of finding her first. On their journey, they encounter some interesting moments and different characters that help them reach their destination. There are certain heart-touching sequences with a physically challenged person, a sex-worker (Snigtha), roadside travelers, a small girl and many others.

As mentioned earlier, Mysskin has neatly lifted the main plot of ‘Kikujiro’ and has embellished the screenplay with his creative conceptualization. The characterizations are one of the highlighting keys of ‘Nandhalala’ as even the minor roles have much prominence to do with the script. Most of the film goes with the visual significance, which may variably disinterest the frontbenchers. Mysskin seems to have adapted K. Balachandar’s techniques of visual relevance.

Snigtha’s performance level is extraordinary, but it’s Mysskin who steals the show with his overpowering acts. He seems to have taken more efforts into playing this role well.
Ashwath Ram is sure to fetch more laurels. Rohini doesn’t get a proper scope and many may not recognize for her different looks.

There are some interesting sequences like Mysskin trying to save Snigtha from the strangers who try to harm her. The ultimate twist in tale goes with the true colors of young boy’s mother revealed during the climax. Though this meaning is unclear during the post-intermission sequence, it is much depicted without any dialogues during climax portion. Mysskin should have ended the film with the same shot as the prolonged sequences are too amateurish.

The handicapped character’s portions are gripping and it’s one of the best sequences. Mysskin doesn’t directly point towards the concept of ‘Love’ between the characters, but conveys them through their natures. A Love portrayed in different way.

Mahesh Muthusamy can be regarded as one of the heroes as his cinematography has more significance. His ability to place shots at unique angles is the major plus. Well for the ordinary audiences, such creative abilities may not be accredited. Ilayaraja’s musical score is biggest assets of the film. Though the background score is quite bleaker in few portions, he enhances the emotions through his music during last 30minutes.

On the whole, ‘Nandhalala’ has more chances of performing well at box office if promoted well. With so many big tickets awaited in the forthcoming Fridays, the results can be predicted only after opening weekend. The film should have a good reception amongst ‘B’ centres.

What works: Performance by Mysskin, Ashwath, cinematography, Ilayaraja, first half…

What doesn’t work: Overdosed visual significance, prolonging shots, and sluggish moments in second half, dragging climax

Verdict: Mysskin’s yet another trademark

Banner: Ayngaran International

Production: Karunakaran, Arun Pandian

Direction: Mysskin

Star-casts: Mysskin, Snigdha Akolkar, Ashwath Ram

Music: Ilayaraja

Cinematography: Mahesh Muthusamy

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