Neram Movie Review
Director: Alphonse Putharen
Cast: Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim
Music: Rajesh Murugesan
Alphonse Putharen’s Neram is something different in style and presentation. It is a jolly good fun ride under two hours. The film works due to its whacky script, narration and some fine performances by key players, along with peppy music. The director makes his passion for movies clear by having a title card which takes Quentin Tarantino‘s famous quote - “I steal from every movie ever made’’.
Of ‘course he does not blatantly copy from any film but is inspired by certain filmmakers. Vetri (Nivin Pauli) a Chennai based software guy loses his job due to recession in America. He is now desperately looking for a new job and is saddled with a debt he had taken for his sister’s marriage from a loan shark Vatti Raja (Simhaa).
And to add to his woes, his girlfriend Veni (Nazriya Nazim) under pressure from her father (Thambi Ramaiah) runs away from home to live with him! The story takes place in a single day when everything intervenes as Veni is waiting in a bus stop Vetri gets robbed off the money he was to pay Vatti Raja! The chase begins with a lot of twists and turns.
The film works on the presumption that there is a time for everything in life, good or bad to happen. It is the crackling star cast that makes the film engaging. Nassar as Dhandapani is a scream. Thambi Ramaiah as heroine’s father and his phone conversation with John Vijay as Sub inspector Katta is hilarious. The two new comedians who was seen in Soodhu Kavvum, Simhaa and Ramesh are going to go places.
The music and background score of Rajesh Murugesan is peppy and the Pista track in the end credits has been used well. Anand Chandran’s camera with sepia look is apt for the theme of the film, about good times and bad times. On the downside at times the tempo slackens and obviously the climax is contrived to get that happy ending feel.
But at the end of the day Neram is genuinely a good attempt to make something unusual by a group of youngsters, which has to be encouraged.