Nenjuku Needhi Movie Review: ‘If all are equal, then, who would be the king ? The one who thinks all are equal’ – Similar to this dialogue within the film, Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Nenjukku Needhi is powerful, hard-hitting and thought-provoking. Though Tamil cinema has been churning out many movies of late that discuss caste disparities and social injustice, this film hits us laborious proper from the phrase go. We know precisely what is going on to occur subsequent, however then, the writing and the making is so efficient that they maintain you engrossed.

A remake of the Bollywood film Article 15, the film is all about an IPS officer investigating an heinous crime that entails the mysterious loss of life of two dalit women and a lacking woman.

Vijayragavan (Udhayanidhi Stalin), an IPS officer, will get posted in a rural a part of Tamil Nadu, the place caste discrimination and untouchability remains to be in follow. Though Vijayragahvan has learn concerning the discrimination in lots of books, it will get tough for him to confront these issues in actual life. While he’s nonetheless grappling with the ideologies of the folks round him and attempting to teach them, a mysterious case of three lacking dalit women, who have been employed within the native manufacturing facility, makes his life extra depressing. Two are discovered lifeless, however the case will get difficult, as there isn’t any hint of the third one. Who is behind this heinous crime and how Vijayraghavan takes this case ahead regardless of strain from his casteist larger officers varieties the remainder of the plot.

While the core plot isn’t one thing new, Arunraja Kamaraj’s screenplay and the agony that the characters endure make us root for the film. There is a scene through which Vijayragahvan discusses the caste system and the variety of subdivisions inside it together with his subordinates. Though it makes us chortle, Vijayragahvan’s reply to them would resonate with a lot of the viewers. The writing is so efficient as a lot of the dialogues deserve an applause.

Just after we assume that issues are going overboard, the makers justify it with attention-grabbing incidents and the setting through which the characters dwell in. The cinematography (by Dinesh Krishnan) and the music are the heroes right here. Composer Dhibu Ninan Thomas has understood the heartbeat of the film and elevated the scenes to a different stage. Udhayanidhi has achieved justice to the position performed by Ayushmann Khurrana within the unique, and this character feels tailored for him.

The solely disadvantage is that some sequences are predictable and the narration has some lag within the first half. However, the pre-interval block, through which Vijayragahvan walks into the station with a discover paper on ‘Article 15’ greater than compensates for it.

Aari’s character as Kumaran, a dalit chief and a revolutinist, is ideal. However, the makers might have concentrated extra on his character with a backstory as it might have made us empathise with him. Tanya Ravichandran, who seems as a gender-equality activist, and Shivani Rajashekar, as Kurunji, do job.

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