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Nirnayam

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18 Oct, 2013 2 hrs 49 mins U
Vikram Anand, Regina, Baby Vedhika, Saranya, Harris Moosa, VK Raghunath
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The film seems like a 45-minute short film that has been stretched to feature length.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Synopsis: A father and his daughter are forced to make a stop at a remote village. Where are they going, and what is the secret behind the father's brooding?

Review: Nirnayam begins with a scene full of hope. A pregnant woman and expresses her wish to her husband that her child should never feel lonely, unlike her, an orphan. We then see the father and the now grown-up child going on a bike over a remote highway. Where are they going, and what has happened to mother?

The film takes place over a 10-day period when Mukundan (Vikram) and his daughter, Meera (Vedhika), are stranded in a remote village after the bike has a problem. They are helped by an amiable dhaba owner Simran (Saranya), who gives them a place to stay and a job for Mukund in her roadside eatery. Over flashbacks, we learn about Mukund and Jeni's (Regina) marriage. He had to walk away from his home after his parents refused to accept an orphan as their daughter-in-law. Things are rosy at first but Mukund starts spending more and more, always justifying that he wants to give his wife a taste of all the things she has missed so far in life. Soon enough, his debts pile up and the loan sharks start harassing Jeni. She tries to talk sense into him but he is not in a mood to accept his mistakes. A heated argument ends up in a catastrophe from which there might never be redemption.

Nirnayam wants to be a cautionary tale about how living beyond your means will destroy one's happiness and puts its message across through the lives of a married couple, Mukundan and Jeni. However, despite its intentions, it succeeds only passably as a movie. The film seems like a 45-minute short film that has been stretched to feature length. The problem is director SS Srisaravanan's leisurely style of narration that gives it a tele-film feel. He takes a little too long to get into the back story and when he does get to it, he provides them in bits and pieces. Yes, the intention is to keep us guessing as to what has happened to Jeni but the present-day events play more in a rather predictable (Simran falls in love with Mukund, a cop tries to take advantage of a secret) and at times dull (much like Mukund, who never earns our sympathy) fashion that the flashback loses some of its intrigue.

The plot also goes haywire towards the end when Mukund's secret is discovered, and the climax is logically shaky. It is hard to believe that Mukund, who is trying to safeguard Meera by taking her to his parents' place in Chennai, will spend 10 days at a remote village when he should be trying to get her there as soon as possible. And, despite all this, when they do reach Chennai, he leaves her in front of a locked gate and makes his way, in the middle of the night, no less! Agreed, the film is based on a real-life incident but as a film, this feels less convincing. Still, the performances, especially those of Regina, Baby Vedhika and Harris Moosa (who appears as a considerate police officer) anchor it, and prevent it from totally sinking.
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The film takes place over a 10-day period when Mukundan (Vikram) and his daughter, Meera (Vedhika), are stranded in a remote village after the bike has a problem. They are helped by an amiable dhaba owner Simran (Saranya), who gives them a place to stay and a job for Mukund in her roadside eatery. Over flashbacks, we learn about Mukund and Jeni's (Regina) marriage. He had to walk away from his home after his parents refused to accept an orphan as their daughter-in-law.
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