Nibunan: A Fairly Faring Thriller
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Director Arun Vaidyanathan’s whodunit thriller, Nibunan thought starts off slowly but it gradually picks up pace in the second half. The film does tend to indulge in hero worship, but it makes up for it with its prevailing suspense.
Belonging to the Crime Investigation Department, DSP Ranjith Kalidoss (Arjun Sarja) uses his deduction skills and instincts to solve some of the most challenging cases that come their way. Right at the brink of his probable retirement as a field officer, he crosses path with a deadly serial killer who leaves behind perplexing clues for the officers to crack. Ranjith’s race against time to capture this psychopath becomes the core of this plot.
For a while after the film begins, Nibunan builds up its hero heavily. Considering, actor Arjun’s already established reputation, the hero worship through the use dialogues could’ve been toned down a bit. If scenes demonstrating his heroism were left to fend for his valor, the impact would’ve been more organic.
The film’s screenplay is also largely inconsistent and disjointed. One minute, you are taken into a romance, the next minute; you are made to abruptly concentrate on an investigation. When you feel like you’re about to settle down again, the film further drags you into a character’s problematic illness. A smooth transitioning narrative goes completely missing in Nibunan. If the script had been trimmed to devote one consistent focus, the film would’ve climbed greater heights.
Nibunan deals with a serial killer; this aspect in itself has scope for immense intimidation. Though the film provides suspense every now and then, the premise could’ve been exploited more in order to create a lingering impact. The film’s screenplay could’ve easily accommodated a higher dosage of thrills.
Moments of deep suspense that the director has tried to create are softened by adequate dialogues. This adequacy, if traded for crispier lines would’ve created the heightened state of mystery the director intends to create.
As Ranjith Kalidoss, Arjun repeats all those heroic stints he did in his earlier films. His ability to retain a consistent body language through his majestic line-up of 150 films is truly impressive. Prasanna and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar’s humorous equation lends the film a comical relief when needed.
Music and Cinematography though in line with the film’s narrative could’ve been more uplifting. Cinematographer Aravind Krishna succeeds in setting a Hollywood blockbuster tone for this film but his sense of innovation could have been highlighted more. Moments of suspense are smartly toned up by music director Navin to leave you thrilled.
On the whole, Nibunan establishes suspense but because of its comparatively milder intensity, it fares averagely. If the film was packaged better, it could’ve reached greater heights.