Action thrillers are a genre most loved by Tamil audience these days. Films which manage to couple a strong baseline along with good amounts of brain and brawn have always worked at the box office. Arima Nambi is one such thriller, coming from the house of Kalaipuli Dhanu who churned out a large number of blockbusters including Vijay’s biggie, Thuppakki. Directed by Anand Shankar, who was a former assistant to AR.Murugadoss, Arima Nambi has Vikram Prabhu and Priya Anand in the main starcast. Music is by Drums Sivamani, who makes his debut here.
Arima Nambi kicks off at Hard Rock Cafe where Vikram Prabhu falls in the eyes of Priya Anand. The song Yaaro Yaar Aval comes in, as the lead pair get to know each other. After their first date, Vikram Prabhu visits Priya Anand’s house, where she is mysteriously kidnapped by a couple of goons. When Vikram Prabhu explains the situation to the police, evidences reveal that nothing ever happened. What follows is a series of events which unveil the mystery behind the kidnap and an even bigger issue which has been canned.
Debutant Anand Shankar manages to keep the audience glued to their seats for most parts of the film, especially in the first half where the screenplay moves at a breakneck. The director has ensured that the viewer does not lose his attention thanks to cliché less writing. He successfully stitches the comic moments at the start along with some really thrill-filled scenes that you will root for. Coming to the second half, the movie does take a stroll but comes back well towards the end with the help of the twists and a well-etched climax. Anand Shankar must also be appreciated for the use of updated gadgets and technology in his film, using them in the right amounts wherever required.
Vikram Prabhu is fabulous in his role as a power packed hero, as he must be lauded for his script selection which has struck the roof here. His comfort is evident in the action scenes and the chase sequences, and this is a stellar performance from his side. Priya Anand as the modern damsel is chic and trendy with her colorful costumes, cute smile and the foreign accent. The supporting cast including Arjunan as the friend and Yog Japee as the firm cop are near perfect, as the team has really pulled off a coup with the casting. One must not forget MS.Baskar in a short but superb role.
Technically too, Arima Nambi is no less. RD.Rajasekhar’s camera gels into the mood of the film, the cinematographer has undoubtedly showcased pure talent in the chase scenes. Cuts by Bhuvan Srinivasan could have been a touch crisper in the second half, as the movie tends to take some time to build up to the climax. Stunts deserve a special mention, the street chase in the second half is truly riveting to watch.
Music is a huge blip to the film, as none of the songs lead to a positive response. BGM though, is a saving grace, due to a well panned sound design.
On the whole, Arima Nambi is a taut thriller which keeps you guessing till the very end. Another film which will prove that content is the king to keep the cash registers ringing.
Go grab your tickets, it’s an edge-of-the-seat ride.
3.5 / 5