Film: Ninaivil Nindraval
Director: G V Agasthya Bharathi
Cast: Ashwin Shekher, Keerthi Chawla, S Ve Shekher, Ilavarasan
Seven years after his debut in the action thriller Vegam, Ashwin Shekher returns with his second film Ninaivil Nindraval. Directed by debutant Agasthya Bharathi (who passed away during the film’s making), the film takes up the issue of mercy killing, a topic rarely touched upon in movies.
It begins with an accident and a flashback. The first half is light and breezy, and is set in a lush, cool backdrop of a hill station. The movie shows a tourist (Keerthi Chawla) falling for a tour guide Ramana (Ashwin). On returning home, she tells her father about her love for Ramana, quoting that it is his humane and helping nature that had attracted her. Her father, a senior cop, promises her that he would find Ramana by all means. But, she keeps meeting Ramana in the most unexpected places. She learns that he was a murder convict, sentenced for killing his wife. After realisng the motive that had gone into the act, she decides to help him prove his innocence. There is a flashback within a flashback, as Ramana reveals how he ended up in the position he was in, then.
The second half of the movie is about Ramana’s past, of his love for a woman and the tragedy that had befallen them. And then it comes back to the present, where Ramana sets out to prove his innocence.
Though the film deals with a serious issue, it lacks a gripping screenplay. The narration is too easy going for a plot of this genre. Also, for a film that is less than two hours’ long, there are too many songs. Ashwin handles the character of a man caught in a moral dilemna with fair competence, if only he could do something about his portly frame.
Sona appears in a dance number. S Ve Shekher (father of Ashwin) has penned the screenplay and also plays a brief role in the film. The fact that the director has confined the narration to less than two hours and has touched on an issue rarely handled on screen by taking a bold stand on it, is appreciable.