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Arima Nambi


Arjun Krishna (Vikram Prabhu) gets acquainted with Anamika Raghunath (Priya Anand) who hails from a rich background as her father happens to the CEO of private channel.

After a couple of drinks during their first date, the duo ends up at the latter’s flat. Even as they cosy up, two intruders storm the house and kidnap Anamika, much to the horror of Arjun. The hero calls up the cops, but he soon realises that the police too are part of a bigger game plan. He learns that he has been inadvertently drawn into a web of crime syndicate. How Arjun gets out of the rigmarole, laced with some gripping moments, form the crux of the rest. The plot, in fact, is all-too familiar and resembles K Bhagyaraj’s 1991 comedy thriller Rudhra the most. There are a number of exciting chase scenes in extremely crowded neighbourhoods and shopping malls.

Several scenes shot at night are a credit to cinematographer R D Rajashekhar. He keeps us engaged with his excellent camera work. The ace drummer, Sivamani, who has over 35 years experience in the music industry, makes his debut as music composer in the film. There is nothing remarkable about the songs, but Sivamani is definitely in his element with the background music, which keeps up with the tempo of the narration and helps to build up the suspense and excitement. This is Vikram Prabhu’s third film after the megahit Kumki and Ivan Veramathiri, which failed at the box office.

He is suited to the role, which requires him to be serious for most part. Action sequences seem to be his forte, but he does seem a tad awkward with romance. Priya Anand has a glamorous new avatar in the film. She is portrayed as a party animal wearing short skimpy dresses and does full justice to her role. Yog Japee, who played the Inspector in Soodhu Kavvum, appears in the second half, but has little to do.

Neither has Arjunan as Vikram Prabhu’s friend, as there is no scope for comedy. The trouble with Anand Shankar’s script is that there are too many loose ends, which have not been tied properly. The narrative starts concentrating only on giving hero Arjun a larger-than-life image with scan respect to logic or intelligence. Wished editor Bhuvan Srinivasan had trimmed the film (running time 2 hours 30 minutes) by 15 minutes, especially the long drawn out chase and cat and mouse game played by the hero with the villain in the climax.

However, Arima Nambi is a decent attempt by a group of youngsters to make a fairly decent thriller.

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