Imaikkaa Nodigal (இமைக்கா நொடிகள்) is a crime-thriller that also wants to be a romantic, family entertainer. Starring Nayanthara and Atharvaa, Directed by R. Ajay Gnanamuthu who made his debut with Demonte Colony (2015), a film I enjoyed, there was much buzz about this film. Did it meet up the expectations? read on.
The film starts with Anjali Vikramadithyan (Nayanthara), a CBI officer and her team investing a series of gory killings that are happening in Bangalore city. The unknown perpetrator specifically targets to tarnish Anjali’s reputation in every instance. Next, we see Anjali’s brother Arjun (Atharvaa), a young doctor falling in love and breaking up with Krithikka (Raashi Khanna). After the interval, the film travels to the back-story for the villain, followed by the marriage of Anjali with Vikramadithyan (Vijay Sethupathi), then a tragic happening and finally the climax. This narration of multiple backstories and the confusion for the Director in choosing between Nayanthara and Atharvaa to be the focus makes us feel like we have watched three distinct films in a span of three hours.
Anurag Kashyap, of Gangs of Wasseypur fame, has delivered an impressive performance as the antagonist, a great addition to Kollywood. Director and his assistants have made visible efforts over the minor details in ensuring continuity between the present, the past and in the later happenings.
With the good casting and a decent story this film had, a crispier screenplay could’ve given us a good crime entertainer. Unfortunately, the film ended up reminding of the saying – “Too many cooks spoil the broth“.