'Nisabdham' review: Promising work of a debutant maker

Child sexual abuse and the emotional trauma the victim and the parents undergo, form the theme of the plot.

Published: 10th March 2017 11:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th March 2017 11:17 AM   |  A+A-

Abhinaya and Baby Sathanya

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Film
 
Nisabdham
Director Michael Arun
Cast Ajay, Abhinaya, Baby Sathanya , Kishore, Ruth.

Child sexual abuse and the emotional trauma the victim and the parents undergo, form the theme of the plot. The director has attempted to strike a different chord in the manner in which he approaches the issue. Lending a realistic tone to his story telling, he avoids the cliched approach to such themes. It's more an emotional take on the subject as seen from the perspective of the victim and her parents, than a suspenseful, investigative mode of treatment.   

Set in Bangalore, the opening episodes briefly touch on the romance between Aadhi and Aadhira ( debutant Ajay, Abhinaya). While we appreciate the director for keeping these episodes short, we do get the feel that even these moments are a distraction. They could have been dispensed with and substituted with a different prelude that would have jelled better with the sordid happenings that followed. The two are parents of an eight-year-old Bhoomi, Aadhira pregnant with her second child. While Aadhira runs their grocery store, Aadhi works in a garage. It's what happens when Bhoomi on her way to school helps out a stranger to find his way. Rain plays an important character in the plot. It was a rainy day when her parents first met and it was a rainy day when Bhoomi had to face the most traumatic moment of her life. 

Appreciable is the manner in which Bhoomi's character is etched. Bold and sensible, it’s her presence of mind that comes to her aid in the trying circumstance. From a victim to a survivor, Bhoomi after the initial moments of shock, takes control of her life. Even in her hospital bed and in a state of trauma, Bhoomi asks her father not to let the 'bad man' go unpunished. Baby Sathanya surprises one with her instinctive and mature handling of the character. How counselling can play a significant part in such situations, is brought out well. Touching is Bhoomi's innocent query to her therapist, "Helping someone is a good thing they say. I only went to help the man, then why do they say I committed a mistake?" But the moment is let go, where a brief take on not interacting with strangers could have been an eye opener. But the director probably didn't want to sound sermonising or preachy.

The investigation by the cop (Kishore) sans any drama or fake heroism, has a realistic feel. A tad slow paced, it may have its glitches. But what one appreciates is that amidst the horrific scenario, the director has managed to infuse his narration with a positive flavour. A promising work of a debutant maker 'Nisabdham'  taking about 126 minutes of viewing time, strikes a chord different from the routine formula fare.  

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