“Nibunan”… A serial-killer thriller becomes a proficiently made vehicle for its star

Posted on July 29, 2017


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/nibunan-movie-review

Note the poster in the room of the protagonist’s child in Nibunan (Expert). It has Arjun’s face morphed onto a superhero’s body, and it says: My daddy is a superman. Everyone seems to agree. Arjun plays a supercop named Ranjith Kalidoss, and his deputies (Prasanna as Joseph, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar as Vandhana) keep singing his praises. He notes, casually, that Vandhana is wearing new earrings. She gasps, “Kazhugu kannu!” (Eagle Eyes, which isn’t a bad name for a Tamil superhero) When a minister tells the SP, “I want your best man to handle this,” whom do we cut to? Don’t bother! It’s a rhetorical question.

Not that this is a problem. After all, our “mass” masala movies are essentially hero-worship vehicles, and despite the Hollywoody serial-killer-on-the-loose premise, Nibunan is very much an “Arjun movie.” Before we see his face, we see him rolling up a sleeve and revealing the tricolour tattoo on his arm. Let’s dwell on this actor for a minute. This is his 150th film. Could anyone have imagined that this star of eighties’ B movies – Shankar Guru, Vettaiyadu Vilaiyadu (yes, it was an Arjun title long before it was a Kamal Haasan title) – would still be around? And would still look so good? At 52, he gives you #fitnessGoals.

Also, #styleGoals. Ranjith’s bristly beard – with flecks of grey – is always just the right length. He wears knitted two-tone ties, designer sunglasses, Armani tees – even at home, he lounges about in Fila sandals. This says something about the man, something that isn’t said in so many words. He likes dressing up. As does his wife, Shilpa (Sruthi Hariharan). It’s nice to see this actress – often seen in slightly offbeat films – in such a mainstream role, always looking like she’s heading for a photo shoot for Femina’s Domestic Goddesses special.

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