“Nerkonda Paarvai”… A subdued, dignified Ajith powers a solid “no means no” drama

Posted on August 6, 2019


H Vinoth’s biggest accomplishment is the air of restraint. He doesn’t amplify the volume and “mass”-ify Pink. He respects the source material.

Spoilers ahead…

You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/nerkonda-paarvai-movie-review-ajith-baradwaj-rangan-shradha-srinath/

Reviewing H Vinoth’s previous outing, Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru, I wrote: The thing to note about DSP Theeran (Karthi) is that he’s a realistic cop — at least to the extent that a big-budget Tamil film, with a big hero, will allow for realism. You could say the same about Bharath Subramanian (Ajith Kumar), the protagonist of Vinoth’s Pink remake, Nerkonda Paarvai: he’s a realistic lawyer — at least to the extent that a big-budget Tamil film, with a much bigger hero, will allow for realism. There’s no fanfare when the star’s name appears in the opening credits. Even his reveal is subdued — we see Bharath in a hoodie, shot from behind. And when the camera swings around, we see a tired, middle-aged man with a thick white beard and whiter hair. Still, he’s not… ordinary. Sitting on a park bench, he stares hard at a jogger, Meera (Shraddha Srinath) — it’s the nerkonda paarvai of the title. (He’s bipolar.) A little later, he flashes that stare again at a hospital attendant, who backs away in fear. The stare says: “This is not Veeram or Viswasam, but I’m still ‘mass’ and don’t you forget it!”.

Continued at the link above.

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