Production: Gemini Film Circuit, Sun Pictures
Direction: G.N. Kumaravelan
Star-casts: Prithviraj, Priyamani, Sakthi, Anuja Iyer, Karthik, Bhagyaraj, Jeeva, Vishnuvpriyan and others
Music: Vijay Antony
Here’s something ‘Ninaithale Inikkum’ got to tell us….
1. First best good-quality movie picked by Sun Pictures.
2. So-called, ‘Remake’ Filmmakers who just blindly copycat exact version can learn from debutant Kumaravelan on how to perfectly remake a film.
Thank God! Kumaravelan makes his best attempt in doing justice to Lal Jose’s ‘Classmates’ that indeed revived as a fantabulous flick in Malayalam film industry.
Kumaravelan has brilliantly picked merely the storyline with a different conceptualization. Although both the versions have the storyline, the screenplay has been completely different and new-fangled.
When Lal Jose planted the mystery drama right there in the first scene, Kumaravelan inserts it right in ‘interval’ point.
Ninaithale Inikkum starts off with 2000 batch students which aren’t just a reunion, but an important occasion to remember their friend Sakthi (Sakthi) who passed away during their final year. Shiva (Prithviraj) is making his flight from Mumbai while Meera (Priyamani), daughter of MLA, Karthik (Jeeva), Vasu (Karthik) and others present there. Meanwhile there’s a flashback getting us about the beautiful days of college life where there’s love, hate, elections and disappointments…
Cut to present, Sakthi’s father (Bhagyaraj) launches a music library in their college as a token of fulfilling his son’s wish. Soon after the dinner, when Meera wants to express that still she has feelings for Shiva, she finds him chocked with a guitar string.
Was it an attempt to homicide or suicide? Find the rest on screens…
When Lal Jose made this film, it all started with a mystery and continued to be more off thrilling moments. Even the happy college days in flashbacks never pulled us over with ‘suspense’ factor was overshadowing everything. But, Kumaravelan does it blissfully.
As well, the ‘cellphone’ affairs has been precisely mentioned as you don’t see much students carrying mobile phones (In 2000, cell phone was introduced, but it was a costly affair and wasn’t handled by college students… that’s the reason there happens to be a communication between lovers through slip in library books.)
As well Lal Jose had established students as 1992-93 batch and in present time they were appearing with same youthful looks. But Kumaravelan has gradually does a smart work by getting them depicted as 2000 batch students. The belittling factor is Prithviraj doesn’t seem to be wretched with his past when introduced while in Malayalam version, he looked so (If you ask why he should be sad? You’ve got to watch the film first for a shocking climax.)
Prithviraj does a great job with a distinguished performance from original and remake version. We never knew he dances well. Priyamani looks apt for the bold character while Sakthi proves of his matured performance. It’s better if he continues getting on with similar patterned characters. Anuja Iyer is a special surprise. Looks like she hasn’t got out her ‘Sivi’ impact… Karthik in a grey-shaded role comes up with interesting work. Vishnupriyan suits well for the role while Jeeva requires special mention. Finally, he has got an interesting role to perform and he has to thank Kumaravelan for it.
Musical score by Vijay Antony is fantabulous with different genres. Be it ‘Nanbanai Partha’,
‘Mere Piya’ and ‘Azhagai Pookuthey’: every song is quite enjoyable. Balasubramaniam’s cinematography has got eye-catching visuals. Dialogues are quite catchy.
Finally, as mentioned earlier all those filmmakers, especially few haunted by ‘Telugu remake mania’ can watch this film and learn how to remake a film…’
Kumaravelan has got a long way to go in film industry and we’re expecting yet more good films from him.