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Puthiya Niyamam – A fantastic thriller

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Puthiya Niyamam or a new law is the need of the hour. Whats thats happening in and around us and what we read and see in the media on a regular basis definitely needs a change in law from the authorities.

The new film from A.K Sajan amply justify that and convey the same through a family thriller. There is crime involved here and Puthiya Niyamam uncover that murder mystery and goes further to show how such criminals from a common man’s point of view is to handled.

Louis Pothen often called as the divorce advocate is a lawyer and at the same time a TV personality who uses his “Scissors” to do the postmortem of a film. Yes he is a movie critic as well. Vasuki, a Kathakali artist is his wife. They have a daughter and the film tells the story of this family and how a change in character happened to Vasuki. Just stopping here since too much digging on the plot will lead to opening up of the suspense and mystery surrounding the plot that will act as a spoiler.

A.K.Sajan is quite famous and is on a familiar territory when it comes to narrating stories involving crime. He uses that experience here with a screenplay that keeps one guessing till the halfway mark. Midway through, some revelations are made and from there the movie runs on a predictable way until some unexpected twists happening towards the final stages puts the film in a safe zone.

Direction and making is definitely from the old school one but the screenplay though lacks pace gives a good platform to the film to land safely aided by some cool and sharp dialogues. There are couple of loose ends that went uncovered or needed explanations but it was limited.

I was wondering why Mammooty choose this script leaving aside all his work to start this project. Why I am saying this is on the fact that he has very little to play and doesn’t have much to do for a major part. The film entirely focus on the character of Vasuki played by Nayanthara. But the ways things gets unfolded towards the end do total justice to his presence and he has done his role in a convincing manner.

Nayanthara as Vasuki and the better half of Louis Pothen has ample screen presence to showcase her acting skills and have emoted well with her eyes doing lot of talking.

On the supporting side, we have S.N. Swamy, Sheelu Abraham, Rachana, Aju Varghese, Sohanlal, Pradeep Kottayam and few more unfamiliar faces. The youths who played the negative characters were impressive.

In the end, its proved that Mammooty has wisely chosen a screenplay that on the number of scenes and prominence he has lost out to the heroine but overall on an importance factor, the character of Louis Pothen is vital to the success of Vasuki as a homemaker. All credits to the actor to select such a project.

The build up is quite slow and A.K Sajan has used that way right till the end to narrate the story. I wouldn’t say there is boredom but slight amount of dragness is felt at some places mainly due to the slowness in overall story.

Cinematography coming from a debutant Roby Varghese Raj deserve special mention here. Edits were neat. Gopi Sunder’s background score was apt for the scenes involving thrills and loved that Kathakali tone in the score. But there was repetitive use of a tune whenever our hero appears and it was not that pleasing for the ears.

On the whole, here is a crime thriller that cannot be compared with the usual thriller films belonging to the same genre. Devoid of any high voltage sequences and moving at a very sluggish pace, Puthiya Niyamam without hearing and knowing about the suspense elements is a good movie that can satisfy the fans as well neutral audience. My personal rating is three and a half out of five.

Rating – 3.5 / 5

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