Point of view
While the title ‘Nerkonda Paarvai’ is a popular line of Mahakavi Subramania Bharathi from a poem in which he asked women to be bold, the name of Ajith himself in ‘NKP’ is Bharath Subramaniam. In other words, he plays a modern day Mahakavi who bats for women rights.
By shedding his mass image and moving away from punch dialogues (but the film is full of fiery lines), Ajith has delivered a stunning performance in this meaningful movie, helmed by H Vinoth and bankrolled by Boney Kapoor.
Three young women Meera, Famita and Andrea (Shraddha Srinath, Abhirami, Andrea) meet a gang of young men Adhik Ravichandran, Venky and Viswa (Arjun, Aswin, Adhik) at a concert.
They become friends and the boys invite the girls for drinks and dinner. Trusting them, the women go with the men to a resort, where Adhik attempts to molest Meera.
In a bid to safeguard herself and in a fit of rage, Meera attacks Adhik with a bottle and he suffers severe injury on his head. The girls flee from the spot soon.
As Adhik hails from a powerful family, he and his friends decide to take revenge on Meera and her pals. Both file police complaint against each other, but the officials concerned favour Adhik & Co.
Since the girls are being branded as sex workers, enter Bharath Subramaniam (Ajith), an advocate who is out of profession due to depression after a personal loss in his family, to their rescue.
The rest is all about the legal fight between Bharath and Sathyamoorthy (Rangaraj Pandey) who appears for the boys. Is Bharath able to bail the girls out forms the rest of the story.
Ajith is the backbone of the film, and he is ably supported by Shraddha, Abhirami, Andrea, Arjun, Aswin and Adhik. Rangaraj Pandey, in his debut movie as actor, shines like a veteran.
Cinematography by Nirav Shah, art direction by Kathir and music by Yuvan Shankar Raja have lent great support to Vinoth in narrating the story without deviating the attention of the audience. The director should be lauded for Tamilising the movie without losing its original essence.
Without getting preachy anywhere, the movie has conveyed a powerful message and would sure be the topic in debates. Films like this are needed to bring a change not just in the cinema industry, but in the society. However, the film is not the one for those Ajith fans who expect their ‘thala’ in mass avatar.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5