Malayalam hit film ‘Maheshinte Prathikaram’ starring Fahadh Faasil is remade in Tamil titled ‘Nimir’ with Udhayanidhi Stalin in the lead role and is directed by ace filmmaker Priyadarshan. ‘Nimir’ hit the screens on Friday, January 26th, 2018 and expectations were high on it to do well since the original, ‘Maheshinte Prathikaram’ was one of the biggest hits in Malayalam. Post release, the film had a slow opening on day one despite receiving decent reviews from all around including critics. Despite having a bankable actor like Udhayanidhi Stalin in the lead, Nimir found it hard to draw audiences to the cinema halls on the first day of release. However, the collections report has a slightly encouraging numbers for the makers. The first day of Nimir in Chennai managed to earn a collection of around approximately INR 0.71 crores while the rest of Tamil Nadu amounted to approximately INR 0.69 crores, according to reports. Trade experts opine that the numbers may go up over the weekend and Nimir may have a better run at the cinema halls.
While the original, Maheshinte Prathikaram, had a terrific run at the box office, Nimir seems to have a contradictory response from audiences. Critics and few filmmakers have often questioned the audiences’ acceptability of experimental subjects and Nimir seems to be one of those films.
Actor Udhayanidhi Stalin, ahead of release, chose to look at a brighter side of the film and said that he would be satisfied even if it is said that he has achieved half of what Fahadh did in the original Maheshinte Prathikaram. “There was already the pressure to do well because the Malayalam film was a hit. Fahadh Faasil is an extraordinary performer. All I had to do in this film was follow Priyan sir’s instructions. If someone says I’ve achieved half of what Fahadh did, I’ll be satisfied,” Udhay had said.
And if he had to pick positives out of the film post release, he probably would pick the feedback he has been receiving for his performance in the film.