: For the best part of
, it's a Nayanthara show. The actress, who has dubbed for the movie, portrays the different phases of the character's life convincingly and with grace.
: Directed and written by A K Saajan,
is a thriller, with a social theme, under the guise of a family movie. What makes the movie stand apart from the usual crop of thrillers is that it's the female protagonist Vasuki, brilliantly portrayed by Nayanthara, who steals the show.
The movie starts off by portraying the life of an urban, interfaith couple - Louis Pothen and Vasuki - and their daughter. Louis' multiple roles as a lawyer, film critic and artist keep him busy, yet jovial, most of the time. At home, however, Vasuki is disturbed after a shocking incident turns her world topsy-turvy. How she gathers enough courage to confront it and goes about her putting her life together forms the plot.
For the best part of
, it's a Nayanthara show. The actress, who has dubbed for the movie, portrays the different phases of the character's life convincingly and with grace. The scenes gradually build up to the reason as to why she appears distraught; but Nayanthara's expressions, till the reason is revealed, leaves the audience curious.
In his avatar, Mammootty looks charming and has to be lauded for taking up a role without much to do, seldom done by a superstar.
Saajan's script, though, is flawed in many ways, despite the extended climax tying up many loose ends. It's not clear why cops wouldn't follow up on the crime - be it suicides or murders - especially when the police force is depicted as being quite efficient in the film.
For a thriller,
is not gripping enough to reward the curiosity by the twists in the end. The slow pace in the first half takes that away despite some crisp editing by Vivek Harshan. The music by Gopi Sunder doesn't quite complement the mood of the movie and the same scores are used repeatedly every time Mammootty makes a witty comment or Nayanthara has that disturbed look on her face. Puthiya Niyamam is an intense tale elevated by the screen presence of its protagonists. It has a social message and is worth a one-time watch.