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Movie Review- Nerkonda Paarvai (Tamil)

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Producer– Boney Kapoor

Director– H. Vinoth

Star Cast– Ajith Kumar, Shraddha Srinath, Andrea  Tariang, Abhirami Venkatachalam, Vidya Balan, Delhi Ganesh, Rangaraj Pandey and Adhik Ravichandran

Genre– Social

Rating– ***

Gripping and Edgy Tale!

Jyothi Venkatesh

The film revolves around a retired lawyer Bharat Subramaniam (Ajeeth) who has a sharp eye for detail as he sets out to defend three helpless young women, Meera Krishnan (Shraddha Srinath) Andrea (Andrea Tariang) and Famita (Abhirami Venkatachalam) who befriend a few influential youngsters under the influence of alcohol, only to realize that they are in danger when one of them tries to molest one of them. Both the two parties file a criminal case against each other, after which it becomes a nail biting court case with each party implicating the other.

Pitted against some powerful foes and the evils of patriarchy, the widower lawyer has got to fight the legal battle of his life to save these innocent women. Incidentally, this film which also has an additional back story to the lawyer’s character in the form of his marital life with Vidya Balan, is a far more better remake of in Tamil of the Hindi hit Pink in which Amitabh Bachchan played the same role of Bharat. The original film did not show why the lawyer quits practicing as a lawyer. We see the lawyer by the bedside of his ailing wife and were only told that something bad happened to him and his loved ones but were not told what exactly the problem was

The movie sets out to depict a very poignant and relevant topic in our times – consent from women before becoming intimate with her. It also sets out to attack the regressive and patriarchal mindset of tagging women as pious and sluts just based on their choices and freedom in our society, which often is run by staid, archaic and outdated rules laid by men.

Ajit Kumar impresses in a tailor made role for him which also has a fight sequence which the original; did not boasts of. Ajith scores as astute lawyer with a mental disorder while Shraddha Srinath impresses in her role as Meera and so are Andrea (who has repressed her original role in Pink) and Abhirami Venkatachalam, (who essays the role Kirti Kulhari had essayed in the original version). While Vidya Balan is good as usual in a special appearance as Ajith’s wife, Delhi Ganesh has been wasted in an inane role.

The popular TV journalist Rangaraj Pandey has been cast as the government lawyer defending the accused. In the light of # MeToo movement, he had made headlines for grilling singer Chinmayi after she had made allegations against popular lyricist Vairamuthu, but had drawn flak for not questioning Vairamuthu, who was accused of misconduct.

To sum up, do not miss this film as it is a brutal and frank which is a searing indictment on guys who escape scot free after making advances towards helpless women and set out to dub them as sluts of easy virtue if they choose to incriminate them in criminal cases. Hats off to H. Vinoth and Boney Kapoor for remaking Pink in Tamil. It is gripping and makes you sit on the edge of your seat, especially in the court room sequences.

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