Director: Arun Vaidyanathan
Written by: Arun Vaidyanathan and Anand Raghav
Cast: Arjun, Prasanna, Varalaskhmi, Sruthi Hariharan
Cinematography: Arvind Krishna
Action King Arjun’s 150th film ‘Nibunan’ is a crime thriller that uses more brain than the muscle power.
Ranjith Kalidoss (Arjun) is an investigative officer with an excellent record. Joseph (Prasanna) and Vandana (Varalakshmi) are his team members.
The movie begins with a successful encounter executed by Kalidoss team. Then it moves on to an entirely new arena. A strange packet is delivered in their office. The packet has a doll covered by a blood stained shirt and a masked face.
Ranjith and team don’t take it seriously as they think that might be a prank. But they have to take it seriously after the horrible murder of a political leader. The modes operandi of the murder is similar to the method depicted in the doll. Their investigation does give them a few clues but they are not able to identify the murderer or the motive behind the murder.
They get another doll and another hint. This time they try harder to avert the murder in vain. The act is repeated third time and the case gets serious proportions. Kalidoss finds some hidden facts in the case and his investigation reveals that he could be the next target. Meanwhile Kalidoss is affected by a serious illness.
Who is the serial killer and what is his motive? Could Kalidoss come over his illness and capture the criminal?
Nibunan is not Arjun’s usual action movie. It uses less physical power and uses the brain more. The investigation part has been cleverly constructed. The suspense is developed well. The way things get unfold is quite credible and interesting. The family angle, the team spirit and the subtle satire make the script interesting.
The twist surrounding Arjun’s decease doesn’t suit the script. The motive of the murderer is not that convincing. The way the murderer going about the killing is hard to digest. The pace of the movie could have been better.
Arjun looks fit and smart as ever. However, the tiresome reflecting in his face does have some negative impact on his performance as a cop. He has done well in emotional scenes just as he shines in action sequences.
Prasanna and Varalakshmi have played their parts perfectly. Varalakshmi’s playful approach gives some relief to the serious thriller. Shruthi Hariharan as Arjun’s wife looks beautiful and does her work without any flaw. Vibhav doesn’t get any scope to perform while Krishna is awesome in a small but effective role.
Arvind Krishna’s cinematography is worth mentioning. He has done well in using the colours. The tone of the movie has been aptly reflected in the cinematography. Music by Navin is functional in terms of background score. The songs don’t get any importance in the narrative.
Motive of the murder
Deviation in the narrative
Nibunan is a watchable thriller that doesn’t go overboard in action sequences. Better pace and better characterization of the murderer could have made the movie more impactful.
Nibunan: Smartly presented thriller.
Rating: 2.5 stars