A Knotted Screenplay Spoils the Show
By Malini Mannath | ENS | Published: 26th July 2014 09:43 AM |
Film Thirumanam Enum Nikkah
Cast Jai, Nazriya, Deekshitha, Hebah Patel, Pandiarajan, Mayilsamy
Directed by debutant Anis, the knot had the potential to turn into a breezy romantic entertainer. But a weak, convoluted screenplay and ineffective narration turn the film into an uninspiring and an unexciting fare.
The director seems to be in a state of confusion as to what exactly he wanted to convey. The plot centres around two people belonging to traditional Brahmin families. Forced by circumstances, the duo fake their identities and assume Muslim names. He is Abu Bucker and she Ayesha. It’s love at first sight for Abu Bucker when he meets Ayesha on the train. However, it takes her a few more scenes to reciprocate. It’s about the consequences of their actions on their lives and of what transpires when the truth is revealed. Jai renders a neat performance, while Nazriya lights up the screen with her charm. The happenings on the train are hardly interesting.
The whole incident of a co-passenger stealthily taking a photo of Ayesha while she was sleeping seems contrived to make the girl feel indebted to Bucker. The culprit re-enters Ayesha’s life at a later stage as her boss, and seems like one of the potential villains of the piece.
But after a couple of attempts to harass her, the character fizzles out of the story. The first half depicts traditional Brahmin customs and festivals. In the second half, it’s about Islam and its teachings when the hero goes to a Muslim man to learn about their customs. The truth has to surface sooner or later. But the reaction of the couple when they learn about their real identities is puzzling, lacking logic and conviction.
The climax fight and the ending leaves much to be desired. Thirumanam...has an interesting knot, it’s the execution that fails to impress.