Appu N. Bhattathiri’s ‘Nizhal’ (Kunchacko Boban, Nayanthara) is an underwhelming mystery-thriller with too many diversions

Posted on May 14, 2021


Spoilers ahead…


Nizhal didn’t work for me right from the first scene where we see a horrific accident and a horrific CGI bird. It shows that Baby (Kunchacko Boban) is a judge and he has a temper. But, he is also the sweetest person; you want to pinch his cheeks. The rest of the film keeps introducing new ideas: PTSD, a character which sees rain that nobody else sees, there are supernatural elements, there’s a Batman-like mask that a character who’s had an accident is using, there’s childhood trauma, a character who’s experience love failure in college and never comes out of it, and there’s a lot of stuff about the subconscious—but they don’t come together.

The central mystery is very interesting. It’s about a little boy who writes stories about an elaborate murder mystery (when his friends are writing about cats). But they turn out to be murders in real life too. The boy’s mother is Sharmila and played by Nayanthara. How does this boy know about these murders? That’s the central mystery that Baby has set out to solve.

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