Director: Gopi Nainar
Cast: Nayanthara, Vignesh, Ramesh, Raams and Sunu Lakshmi
In Nayanthara’s Aramm, not only is a very important social issue addressed but also the state of politics and government in our country. It’s a cracker of a socio-political thriller in which Nayanthara gives us another solid performance to root for and celebrate. In a role that’s unlike anything she’s done so far in her career, she makes us take notice of her acting prowess and shines in the role of a district collector whose abilities are challenged when she has to deal with a life-and-death situation in a flawed system.
Aramm, written and directed by Gopi Nainar, is set in a small village near the coastal area of south Tamil Nadu. We learn quite early on that there’s scarcity of water in the area and people have to go very far to fetch water. The land is barren and dry. We are introduced to the prime characters and the story revolves around them, particularly around 4-year-old Dhansika. When she accidentally falls into a bore-well left uncovered by contractors, it’s up to Nayanthara and her team to rescue her. It’s at this juncture; the film takes the socio-political route and throws the spotlight on the government and its inability to rise to the occasion.
Through the eyes of a 4-year-old, we see Aramm unfolds in a realistic and hard-hitting fashion, raising pertinent questions about the system we live in. The film succeeds in never getting preachy, which has been the case with most films in this space. The biggest highlight of the film is that it leaves an impact and it does without diluting the essence of the subject.
Technically, the film is top-notch. The rescue operation scenes, choreographed extremely well by Peter Hein, will push us to the edge of our seats, choking us with tension. Om Prakash, with his cinematography, creates the perfect atmosphere with his frames and he is well complemented by Ghibran.