“Nenjil Thunivirunthal”… An interesting plot ruined by careless writing, indifferent filmmaking

Posted on November 11, 2017

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Spoilers ahead…

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

Doctors are having it bad in Tamil cinema. Barely has Mersal branded their profession as mercenary, and we get Suseenthiran’s Nenjil Thunivirundhal (If You Dare), which opens with the hero’s (Kumar, played by Sundeep) father ending up dead on the operating table of an incompetent physician. Another movie that’s going to launch a tirade against men in white coats? Not really. But the film itself could have used a lot of invasive surgery. Much later, in the second half, when Kumar explodes into a rage-filled speech against doctors, I rolled my eyes — because that opening scene, the unresolved emotion from this needless tragedy that’s been festering inside Kumar, has long been forgotten. At least, until Kumar mentions it like an afterthought. How can we be expected to remember what happened to Kumar’s father when Kumar himself doesn’t seem to remember it?

Nenjil Thunivirundha plays less like a movie than a prototype for a movie: a collection of placeholders for plot points that they forgot to flesh out into interesting, involving scenes. We could have had cards stating “This is where the hero meets the heroine,” or “This is where we reveal that the hero’s best friend loves the hero’s sister,” and the film would be no different. Because other than the fact that this is what happens, there’s nothing else. There’s no finesse, no how. A song between friends. (Vikranth plays Mahesh.) Some truly sad comedy by Soori. A song between lovers. Some snarling by the villain (Harish Uthaman). It’s that flavourless, that generic.

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