An innocent and young photographer National Selvam (Udhayanidhi Stalin), who does not have any big goal in life, lives in a town in Tamil Nadu-Kerala border.
His father Shanmugam (Mahendran) too is a lensman, but with big dreams. Despite his old age, he is keen to capture magical moments in his camera.
When life goes well for Selvam, he faces setback after setback suddenly. While his girlfriend Valli (Parvathy Nair) ditches him after finding a boy from an affluent family, a young girl Malar (Namitha Pramod) tells Selvam that he is not good at his job
Above all, a man (Samuthirakan) beats Selvam in front of everyone in a busy market in the locality. Selvam now takes a vow not to wear slippers in his life till he pays back to the one who assaulted him. Is he able to achieve his mission or not forms the crux of Nimir.
Though Nimir, directed by Priyadarshan, is a remake of Malayalam classical hit Maheshinte Prathikaaram, it has not recreated the magic of the original. But still, Nimir is good in parts.
Appreciate Udhayanidhi for coming out of his comfort zone. In a role that demands subtle and sharp performance, the actor-producer delivers the right emotions. He has moulded himself as a better actor, we can say.
While Namitha Pramod performs well, Parvathy too is good. Mahendran and Samuthirakani have delivered matured performances. M S Baskar and Karunakaran have done justice to their respective roles.
Music is a major highlight of the movie, for songs by Darbuka Siva and Ajaneesh and background score by Ronnie R Raphae, elevate the mood. Ekambaram’s visuals are another strength.
What worked for Maheshinte Prathikaaram was its nativity. Some stories fit to a particular region alone. But Priyadarshan has tried his best to Tamilise the film and has succeeded to an extent.
Rating: 3 out of 5