Nerkonda Paarvai is Tamil superstar Ajith’s second film to release this year after Viswasam. The latter film, which was written and directed by Siva, released in cinemas during Pongal and became a hit despite clashing with Superstar Rajinikanth’s Petta.
If the early trends are anything to go by, Ajith is set to score another big victory at the box office with Nerkonda Paarvai. The film is the official remake of Bollywood film Pink (2016), which was directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury.
Nerkonda Paarvai also seemingly holds emotional value for everyone involved in the project. It was Sridevi’s wish to make a movie in Tamil with Ajith under her husband Boney Kapoor’s production. Even Ajith had promised Sridevi during English Vinglish, in which he played a cameo, that he would do a film with her husband.
“I have managed to fulfil my wife Sridevi Kapoor’s dream (sic),” Boney Kapoor tweeted an emotional response on Tuesday as the film had its world premiere in Singapore.
It is also a timely film in light of the #MeToo movement. The central theme of Nerkonda Paarvai is consent. And the story follows the efforts of a feminist man to save three girls from public character assassination following a sexual assault attempt. It is one of the rare movies that talks about victim-blaming/shaming in sexual violence cases.
Ajith will be essaying the central role of a lawyer, which was originally played by veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan.
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Nerkonda Paarvai: Our verdict
"In Bollywood film Pink's Tamil remake, director H Vinoth has explicitly added a backstory to Ajith’s Barath to make it easier for the audience to connect with the narration. Barath suffers depression due to the guilt of letting down his wife (Vidya Balan). Vinoth has been very liberal in spoon-feeding information to the audience. Given the sensitive nature of the subject, it’s understandable as to why Vinoth found it imperative to spell it out for the audience," wrote Indianexpress.com's film critic Manoj Kumar R in his Nerkonda Paarvai review.
I have managed to fullfil my wife Sridevi Kapoor’s dream: Boney Kapoor
Boney Kapoor tweeted earlier, "I am truly blessed 9am IST today Premiere Show of @nerkondapaarva will start in Singapore. I have managed to fullfil my wife Sridevi Kapoor’s dream. It couldn’t have been possible without the support of #AjithKumar #HVinoth, entire cast & technicians. I shall always cherish this."
'Nerkonda Paarvai is the movie of the year'
Actor Krishna tweeted, "Therikavidalamaaaaaa😍😍😍😍😍 Thala Diwali from today #NerKondaPaarvai movie of the year ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ magic happens with thala on the screen and @thisisysr behind the screen 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽."
'One of the most relevant issues handled in a mass hero's film'
PS Mithran wrote on his Twitter account, "#NerKondaPaarvai is intensity Max! One of the most relevant issues handled in a Mass Hero's film #HVinoth has nailed it with Razor sharp dialogues #Thala in one of his most emphatic roles! The uproar from the fans during the court scenes was extraordinary!"
'Nerkonda Paarvai shows doing great in Bangalore'
@Ragsblr tweeted, "#NerKondaPaarvai Blockbuster reports from Bangalore city morning shows. Expecting extraordinary performance in Bangalore city this long weekend 🔥🔥#NKPFestivalBegins."
'Powerful performance by Thala Ajith'
Dr. Dhananjayan BOFTA tweeted, "#NerKondaPaarvai along with a powerful performance by #ThalaAjith , it brings out the best in @ShraddhaSrinath #Abirami @thisisysr & very good debut by @RangarajPandeyR sir. Superb dialogues even if it was a remake. "No" means "No" by anyone friends. Let's follow that practice👍."
'Wishing Ajith sir and the whole team a huge huge success'
"#NerKondaPaarvai 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥All the best to #ThalaAjith sir and the whole team for a huge huge success," tweeted Sanjay Bharathi.
'The actor inside Ajith Kumar is roaring like a fierce tiger'
@itisprashanth tweeted, "#NerKondaPaarvai - Please book your tickets with your family. This is the most complete actor Ajith movie you will ever see. The actor inside Ajith Kumar is roaring like a fierce tiger. This man H Vinoth - Needs to be felicitated with a full rojapoo maalai !!"
Nerkonda Paarvai will be a blockbuster success?
Archana Kalpathi tweeted, "All the very best to #Ajith Sir, #HVinoth @BoneyKapoor Sir and the entire cast and crew of #NerKondaPaarvai for Blockbuster success at the Boxoffice 😊 Looking forward to watching FDFS @agscinemas."
'This is the most needed film for today'
"Best wishes to #Thala @BoneyKapoor sir #HVinoth my most fav @thisisysr and entire team of #NerKondaPaarvai Guess this is the most needed film for today and it’s best when it’s coming from the best 💛 can’t wait to watch #NKP in screens frm today," tweeted Shanthnu Buddy.
Nerkonda Paarvai: Our verdict
Indianexpress.com's film critic Manoj Kumar R wrote in his Nerkonda Paarvai review, "Nerkonda Paarvai is a timely film that could significantly contribute to sensitising people to the plight of victims of sexual violence."
'NerKonda Paarvai is a much needed content-film'
Vikram Prabhu tweeted, "Wishing only success to the team of #NerKondaPaarvai A much needed content-film at this point in time. Kudos to #Ajith sir, #HVinoth and @BoneyKapoor sir for presenting it. 👍👍 #NKP."
'Stellar performance by every character in every frame'
Rakesh Gowthaman tweeted, "Stellar performance by every character in every frame ... Well deserved action interval block with #ThalaAjith mass all the way !!!#NKPinRGBVettri #NerKondaPaarvaiFDFS."
'Hats off to Thala for doing such a film'
#NerKondaPaarvaiFdfs #Kasitheatre Hats off to #thala for doing such a film...! Current day issue handled very sensibly by dir #HVinoth !! Bgm theri @thisisysr sarr...Congrats to the team from a grand success @ShraddhaSrinath @nirav pic.twitter.com/cZpFqkb6pt— Harish kalyan (@iamharishkalyan) August 8, 2019
'One of the best performance by Ajith'
A fan @Nn84Naganatha tweeted, "#NerKondaPaarvai technically excellent impactful movi..👌👍One of best performance for #ThalaAjith 👏."
Everything was worth it in the end: Shraddha Srinath
Shraddha Srinath tweeted, "As the end credits rolled on screen this morning, I finally let go of Meera. I felt proud of how she stood up against all odds and I cheered for her victory in my heart. Everything was worth it in the end."
'Ajith and Shraddha Srinath shoulder the film all the way'
Journalist Haricharan Pudipeddi tweeted, "#NerKondaPaarvai is out on cinemas. It's the most powerful, star-backed Tamil film in a long time and that's what makes it unmissable. A majestic #AjithKumar and a terrific @ShraddhaSrinath shoulder the film all the way.
'Amazing that Ajith chose this film'
Actor Siddharth tweeted, "Really wish #NerKondaPaarvai becomes a massive hit. It is very important for any industry that responsible and influential cinema comes from the top stars. Amazing that #Ajith chose this film ❤! Congrats to @BoneyKapoor ji, @ShraddhaSrinath @thisisysr #HVinoth and their team!"
Shraddha Srinath thank Nerkonda Paarvai's cast and crew
"Today, I need to thank my director Vinoth sir more than anything. Sir, I put my unquestioning faith in you and I'm glad. This movie has changed me. Thanks to Ajith sir - for being the most appreciative, the most approachable human being. I remember him telling us how this movie will change all our lives. And he was 100% right. My producer @BoneyKapoor- thank you sir for orchestrating the entire project and making it happen. It's an honour to have been a part of this project. My entire cast and crew. Outdoor shoots can be difficult. Doing an emotional film like this can be challenging. I want to thank everyone for always having a smiling face and powering through this immensely hectic film. Thank you for the laughs and thank you for the support. This is not one person's movie. It belongs to everyone. The entire team, the cast, the crew. Everybody owned it. Today is such an important day for everyone who is part of the film and I only wish the best for all of my team members," Shraddha Srinath said via Twitter.
Shraddha Srinath on Nerkonda Paarvai
"Watched the 4 am show of #NerkondaPaarvai today at Rohini. The air was electric. The fans were high on excitement and love for their Thala. I have never received such a warm welcome as the one I received this morning," tweeted the actor. She added, "And then the show began. It's weird saying this being part of the team, but I LOVED OUR MOVIE. Everyone's performance was outstanding. Each and every single person made you feel some emotion for them. Be it sympathy, be it disgust, be it anger, be it fear."
'Nerkonda Paarvai opens to thunderous ovation'
Sreedhar Pillai tweeted, "#NerKondaPaarvai opens to thunderous ovation, with early morning shows. #ThalaAjith is being liked for his different role. All set for a great opening."
Shraddha Srinath on Pink
In an interview with indianexpress.com, Shraddha Srinath said, "The idea is to watch the original film after Nerkonda Paarvai’s release. Remakes are tricky and I wanted to approach Nerkonda Paarvai as a fresh film. Taapsee and I are different people. Naturally, our understanding of characters won’t be the same. Further, I didn’t want to be influenced by her performance and I like it that way.”
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'Nerkonda Paarvai is a must-watch for men'
In an interview with indianexpress.com, Nerkonda Paarvai director H Vinoth said, “I always have an urge to tell a story in a different way and remaking a universally-accepted film like Pink was no joke. Everyone worked well together absorbing the characters and portrayed them with conviction. I believe every film has its own destiny. A film isn’t what we make, but what happens. Nerkonda Paarvai should reach a wide spectrum of the audience, not just big cities. Only then, I will consider myself successful. The film is a must-watch for men, in particular.”
Shraddha Srinath on Nerkonda Paarvai
To pull off a character subjected to sexual assault, Shraddha Srinath had to be in a specific state of mind. “I felt disturbed as this happens to every woman from all walks of life. It was an intense and emotionally draining experience, with everyone giving creative inputs. My character Meera is a livewire and reacts easily to circumstances,” she told indianexpress.com.
'Nerkonda Paarvai will be a blockbuster'
Film trade analyst Ramesh Bala watched the film for the second time and tweeted, "Having watched #NerkondaPaarvai in the press show, came to watch fans reaction.. Fans response confirms that the movie will be a Blockbuster! 👍"
'Hope everyone can learn from this film'
Actor Varalaxmi Sarathkumar wrote on Twitter, "#NKP is the need of the hour. I’m so glad #ThalaAjith sir has decided to do this movie..I hope everyone can learn from this film.. #NoMeansNo all the best to the entire team #HVinoth @ShraddhaSrinath @thisisysr I hope this changes our society’s outlook a little.. #NerKondaPaarvai."
Adhik Ravichandran on Nerkonda Paarvai
In an interview with indianexpress.com, Adhik Ravichandran said, "The general complaint is that, normally, big stars don’t accept content-driven scripts like Nerkonda Paarvai. But after this one, all the big stars will do such films. Ajith sir has set a big example for others. Another big surprise will be Rangaraj Pandey sir. He has done a fantastic job, even though this is his first film. He tediously studied his lines to act opposite Ajith sir."
Fans laud Ajith
"Watched #NerKondaPaarvai 4AM Show @ #GaneshCinemas. Wow #Thala #Ajith wat a screen presence. @ShraddhaSrinath u nailed it. I never felt it like a remake movie (Have already watched #Pink) Interval Block Thaaru Maaru. @RangarajPandeyR Sir tharamana debut. Proud to be #Thala Fan," @i_am_arulkumar said via Twitter.
PHOTOS: Cast and crew watch Nerkonda Paarvai
Team #NerKondaPaarvai In #Rohini Theatre For The FDFS!#NerKondaPaarvaiFdfs #NerKondaPaarvaiFromToday #NerkondaPaarvaiWorldPremiere #Thala #Ajith #ShraddhaSrinath #Andrea #AbhiramiVenkatachalam @ShraddhaSrinath @thisisysr #HVinoth @BoneyKapoor— RIAZ K AHMED (@RIAZtheboss) August 8, 2019
Mohan Raja on Nerkonda Paarvai
Mohan Raja took to Twitter and wrote, "Best wishes n Big congrats to the whole #NerKondaPaarvai team on bringing a great content n a most important message to Tamil audience #NoMeansNo"
Sivakarthikeyan on Nerkonda Paarvai
Sivakarthikeyan wrote on Twitter, "Best wishes to dear #ThalaAjith sir director #HVinoth @BoneyKapoor sir @thisisysr sir @ShraddhaSrinath and full #NerKondaPaarvai team for a big success."
'Nerkonda Paarvai is easily Ajith’s best work'
Journalist Surendhar MK shared on Twitter, “#NerKondaPaarvai (3.75/5) is easily #ThalaAjith’s career-best work. While he quietly lets others take centrestage in the 1st half, he completely steals the show in the second half with his lionlike performance. Takes guts for an actor of his stature to do a film like this. #NerKondaPaarvai will be a game-changing film for Tamil cinema if it hits the right chord at the boxoffice. It will let other top stars examine their choice of films and open up the market. #ThalaAjith leads the way this time with his choice of #Pink remake. Topical decision"
'Ajith completely owns the film'
Journalist Rajasekar tweeted, “Thala Ajith completely owns the film, easily his career best work. The actor’s baritone voice and majestic screen presence are just wow in the courtroom scenes. Hats off for accepting this film and performed it with great elan, kudos"
'A faithful & neat remake'
Columnist Sreedhar Pillai posted on Twitter, “#NerkondaPaarvai Powerful a reflection on the patriarchal mindset independent women faces in our society. Hats off to #ThalaAjith 4 doing such a daring & difficult role so convincingly, @ShraddhaSrinath fab. Dir #HVinoth a faithful & neat remake with some commercial ingredients.”