|DVD Arima Nambi
Run time: 151 min
Director: Anand Shankar
Writers: Anand Shankar
Stars: Vikram Prabhu, Priya Anand, J.D. Chakravarthi
During a celebration event at upmarket Hard Rock Cafe, Arjun (Vikram Prabhu) a high end car salesman, sees Anamika (Priya Anand) who is having a nice time with her friends. For Arjun who rates her 10/10, it is love at first sight and they become friends the same day! Next day he goes out with her for dinner and end up at her posh apartment drunk. Suddenly, Anamika is kidnapped by two thugs from her apartment, and Arjun runs to the cops. Written by Karthik Kumar
Release Date: 4 July 2014 (India)
"Rowdies can stab with a knife, shoot with a gun, but when it comes to fighting, they fall on the weaker side because of their excess consumption of alcohol and biriyani." This dialogue delivered by an interesting character in the film sets up Arima Nambi.
The movie is pleasingly stylish (kudos to the wondrous visuals by R.D Rajasekhar) and engagingly pacy. The opening of the story in a pub might set one on the verge of expecting a candy floss romance tale. However a rapid series of events that follow, pull the audience out of the initial impression they might have developed, getting them to witness an applause worthy climax at the Chennai airport. The movie surprisingly does not have any mushy romance scenes (no time for romance in the script), which explains the director's keenness in brewing out a sensible entertainer.
Director Anand Shankar appears to have been an obedient student from the A.R Murugadoss school, chanting the efficacious ARM mantra make it pacy and stylish keep the audience guessing hold on to the pulse of the people.
Vikram Prabhu is robust, good looking and every time he takes on the baddies, his physical appearance justifies every punch he makes. He has been able to deliver exactly what was required and the handsome hunk is just getting better with every movie.
Priya Anand looks elegant and definitely in vogue. Her performance is simple and mature.
Anand Shankar has been astute enough, not to include mindless comedy elements that any commercial entertainer would demand. The movie – which easily falls in the thriller genre – however does have some good humour. (Now comedy and humour are different from each other aren't they?)
The selection of the villain is an interesting move by the casting team, whose name, if mentioned, might be a spoiler, as it is palpable that the director wanted to keep the face of the villain as a surprise, by the way he is introduced in the film.
Talking about surprises, it should be noted that M.S Bhaskar's character in the film is a surprise element that the actor has packaged well.
Sivamani's music has blended well with the breath-taking visuals captured by cinematographer R.D Rajasekhar, which might make one want to overlook the wanton placement of the romance song in the second half of the movie.
The director clearly has adequate knowledge of the present day world the general hang out spots of the youth, the world of the internet and a lot of research appears to have gone in to learn the type of gadgets policemen and media use for investigations and tracking. A minor flaw would be the "upload" interface on YouTube.
Also Vikram Prabhu's character fights his situation with ease and with a lot of skill. Justification of how the character with his humble background is able to do what he does in the movie is not strong enough, making it one of the glaring weakness in the script.
Kalaipuli S. Thanu's V Creations marks a decent comeback by producing Arima Nambi, which is a gratifying commercial flick, with some neat performances all round. Verdict: Commercial entertainer with some stylish making, worth a watch
#ArimaNambi Review :
"How much would you go for saving your one day old lover" thats the one line of Arima nambi. Though the entire plot has logical holes the way it has taken through is entertaining and racy. The screen play works well and its really gripping in parts. Except for the fact of a boring 15 mins start the movie picks speed afterwards meeting the criteria to pass a worth watch action thriller. The debut director Anand has given us a racy edge of seat thriller in his first venture.
Casting: Vikram though in starting of movie seem to be pushed into the role of a town boy later attracts us as a action hero. Priya did very well in her role as an hi-fi rich town girl. J.D Chakravarthy as the main antagonist as always did justice to his role with his psychic styles of expressions and acting. Lekha was so beautiful in the micro special appearance role.
Cinematography was good. But songs were absolute speed breakers it slowed the pace of the movie which is a minus.Suddenly mixing masala glam song into the movie was a disaster to this kind of plot (Guess the director would have thought of commercial values ).
Over all get in to unlock the mystery of the murder on this "Chennai Express".
Verdict : Decent Edge of seat Thriller and don't forget to forgive some logic holes.
Reviewed by Balachandran Sivakumar
Nice start. For the first 30mins who cant guess what happened. But after that you can guess each and every scene. So here director failed to hold the tempo of this movie. However, its a good try. I really enjoyed the movie but my friends doesn't. Because its predictable. I felt this movie director anand shankar got inspired by many action thriller movies like enemy of the state or bourne ultimatum. But the usage of technology is wonderful. I badly wanted a Tamil movie using the current dated technology for chase. This movie made it happened. Coming to other aspects…
Cinematography :decent for this thriller. Capturing the location and the tension perfectly.
Background score : gave a good hand to the screenplay but its something we heard somewhere.
Songs : that is the only thing slowed down the movie. I don't remember what are the songs I heard.
Editing : crispy.
Acting : all done their job perfectly. Particularly M.S.Baskar rocked. Even though the screen was short. He done his job wonderfully.
Finally, its a perfect one time watch thriller
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Arima Nambi (2014) ———- my Rating : ★★★★½ TECH SAVVY THRILLER
STRENGTHS :- * Cinematography was awesome …. * Drums sivamani's background score ….. * Casting and Performances was good by vikram prabhu ….. * Story Screenplay Direction : was excellent with some technical logics ….
WEAKNESSES :- * Songs were boring …..
FINAL VERDICT :- * Overall.. it is a good thriller only a man who know about technology will understand the movie…. it is made for "A" Class audience … really superb a must watch movie……
The heroine is kidnapped. The hero uncovers a dastardly plot.
Director: Anand Shankar Writer: Anand Shankar Stars: Vikram Prabhu, Priya Anand, J.D. Chakravarthi | See full cast and crew » at Sathyam Cinemas.