Lakshmy Ramakrishnan impressed everyone with her critically acclaimed Aarohanam proving that she has what it takes to be a good director. Apart from dishing out impressive performances in movies like Boss Engira Bhaskaran as Arya's mother, Lakshmy manages to catch everyone's attention by attempting a film in a genre that is rarely seen in Tamil films.
Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe
is a road film which has many interesting stories and loops with
some expertly inserted songs that doesn't tamper the pace of a
gripping narration from the director. Since the film houses stories
of three different families, it jumps from present to past and then
back to present which could make it a little difficult for the
general audience to understand but that's where editor Sabu
Joseph's editing skills are displayed. Songs and background music
are in sync with the film for which Madley Blues has to be
appreciated. Since it is a road flick, the movie doesn't calls for
the usual running around trees duet and hero chasing heroine
sequences which gives a refreshing look to the movie also such look
is literally given by cinematographer Vinod Bharathi.
The film also subtly puts forward many social issues likes
casteism, smuggling, gangrape, conflicts between parents and
children and most importantly scarcity of fuel. It might not sound
important, but the movie displays what shortage of fuel can do to a
day's life considering how much we depend on fuel to take our life
forward and yet fail to notice an issue as important as scarcity of
fuel among others.
The movie opens on a day when the state runs out of petrol and
diesel paralyzing the life of its citizens. Shabeer who makes his
debut, is portrayed as Chandru a lorry driver who's task is to
drive a heavy vehicle from Trichy to Karaikal port. In his journey
he comes across many characters whose stories are told in a string
of flashbacks. Finally, story of the driver Chandru is revealed,
who by then discovers that he is been caught for smuggling two
thousand litres of diesel on a day when fuel could be sold at an
auction earning him the ticket to be sentenced for an offence at
the national level.
At the end, all the knots are untied including some family
affairs of the characters shown. Where and how it is done forms the
rest of the story. Performances of all the actors are praiseworthy
including Piaa Bajpai of Goa fame. On the flip side
of things, the movie finishes with some unanswered questions
leaving its audience wondering about a few characters. One might
also feel that there are too many stories told in a film that runs
for just 1 hour and 44 minutes leaving very less screen space for
its characters. Also the dialogues could've been better which
would've made the film even more interesting.
On the whole, Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe is definitely a good attempt by Lakshmy Ramakrishnan whose efforts has to be appreciated for making a film which could possibly start a new trend in Tamil cinema. It might also attract mixed reviews based on its viewer's perception. Watch the movie for its fine technicalities and a brave attempt by the director.