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Comedy movies in the recent times have done well in Tamil films. Especially, the movies made by young team without big star casts have been kindly welcomed by Kollywood audience. Now, yet another film is before cine-goers in the form of Neram.
Neram is a bilingual movie, simultaneously made in Malayalam and Tamil. The film stars young Malayalam actors Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim in the leads. The Malayalam version was released last week and the Kollywood version is hitting screens today (May 17).
The movie is a romantic-comedy thriller set in Chennai. Vetri (Nivin Pauly) is a software engineer based in Chennai. Unfortunately, the highly-qualified man loses his job after his US based company lands in a financial crisis. He has also taken loan from a notorious moneylender (Simhaa) and has not paid interests for the last couple of months.
Now, the moneylender sets him a deadline to clear his money and on the other end, his fiancee, Jeena (Nazriya Nazim) leaves her father's (Thambi Ramaiah) house. It is because he does not want his daughter to marry an unemployed. More importantly, he forces her to tie the knot with a boy chosen by him.
To add salt into Vetri's misery, her father files a complaint against Vetri, who is in need of money to conduct his sister's marriage. Well, we have seen heroes struggling very hard to come out of crisis all these years in our films. But Vetri, a modern-day youth, finds innovative ideas to solve his problems and he even puts his friend in trouble to escape from his own problems. How the bad time changes into good time in their lives form the rest of the story.
Director Alphonse Putharen has created a working plot for Neram. Adding romantic charm, he has come up with an enjoyable trait, which is infused with a good measure of likability. He narrates a simple story of a crisis-ridden character, which should accomplish many tasks in very little time. Continue reading the story on the slideshow...
Alphonse Putharen's characters are brilliant and also builds the story on those characters, which we see in our day-to-day life. The narration is brilliant in the first half and second half is entertaining.
The film is not an original movie, as the director has taken inspiration from many movies. He himself claims in the credits by putting the famous quote of Quentin Tarantino, "I steal from everything." However, the drawback of the film is the slow-proceeding in the later half of the film.
Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim are good, but it is not a regular film where lead stars take away all the appreciations and other casts being ignored to highlight the main characters. The film has an ensemble cast comprising of Simhaa, Nassar and others, who have pulled out their roles excellently.
Of all technical departments, the director's editing work and Rajesh Murugesan's background score stand out. In fact, those departments have added value to the film. Cinematographer Anand C Chandran's magical work is also excellent.
Verdict: All in all, Neram is a feel-good film that gives you a lot of positivity by the end of the film. Hats off to the young team for coming up with a good film.