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Puthiya Niyamam

Puthiya Niyamam

Feb. 12, 2016 India133 Min.
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8.6 1,621 votes

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Director

A K Sajan
Director

Cast

Nayanthara isVasuki Iyer
Vasuki Iyer
Mammootty isAdv. Louis Pothen Narimadan
Adv. Louis Pothen Narimadan
Sheelu Abraham isJeena Bhai
Jeena Bhai
Sadiq isDayanandan Mash
Dayanandan Mash

Synopsis

Louis Pothen (Mammootty) is an all rounder. He is divorce lawyer, he participates in live TV channel debates on various topics, and he is a film critic, too. His wife Vasuki Iyer (Nayantara) is a Kathakali artist, and together with his school-going daughter, they live in a city highrise. The story further focuses on an incident that sort of transformed the lively Vasuki into an introvert. What follows is a dramatic exploration of Vasuki’s recent past and how she gets over it.

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Original titleപുതിയ നിയമം
IMDb Rating6.4 930 votes
TMDb Rating6.3 6 votes

(6) comments

  • liginblazeFebruary 13, 2016Reply

    What a Thriller meant to be….

    Saw the movie today. I had no expectations before watching this movie
    since it had a family plot. The visual vibrancy is amazing. The script
    is well written and the direction is highly appreciable. By the end of
    the movie, no questions will remain in a viewer’s mind. Such an
    absolutely flawless work. Malayalam film is improving it’s standard
    year by year. I wish movie makers will keep it that way. This is the
    movie which proves how a suspense thriller is meant to be. I felt that
    the jokes in the movie were never meant to be laughed at. It’s having a
    unique role in the movie. We stood up and clapped for the ending scene
    and dialogs. Critics may find some mistakes, but I believe that nothing
    is 100% perfect. I recommend every Malayali to see this movie and
    appreciate the movie makers to make quality films of this kind in the
    future.

  • Tejas NairFebruary 14, 2016Reply

    Kurcha Pazhe Niyamam. ♦ Grade C+

    We only have a handful of films when it comes to the thriller/suspense
    genre in Malayalam cinema, and it is appreciable that the man who gave
    us Chintamani Kolacase (2006), arguably one of the best Malayalam crime
    thrillers in the previous decade, has again put in a similar effort.

    Louis Pothen (Mammootty) is the multi-talented better half of Kathakali
    dancer Vasuki (Nayanthara). He is a film critic, an artist, and
    professionally a divorce lawyer who uses his sarcasm and wit to manage
    both his work and family lives. Together with a daughter, they stay in
    a city high-rise, away from their parents, insignificantly because
    their marriage was an inter-caste one. While the introduction is filled
    with the characters wondering, and then reciprocating, about the
    current state of crime affairs in the state of Kerala, our protagonist
    #1, Vasuki, visually narrates with scarce use of words her life as a
    paranoid woman, wife, and mother. At the start of the second act you
    realize that she is not really a paranoid, but a victim of a certain
    crime.

    The haunting first act is carved with much finesse, so much that you
    will find yourself in the edge of your seat. Although it lacks
    substance and takes us for a dark ride into the characters’
    development, the second and final acts really push. The arresting
    background score is what drives the narration of Vasuki as she speaks
    about her episode and consequently sets out for vengeance. Of course
    there are plenty loopholes in the script, but crime thrillers don’t
    always stick to logic, and if it needs to pump drama, then it at least
    requires some imaginative boost.

    It is clear that Mr. Saajan drew inspiration from hit yesteryear films
    Drishyam (2013) and 22 Female Kottayam (2012) to create such a story
    whose basic gist itself is questionable on grounds of ethics and
    righteousness. Going against the law has become the current trend in
    imaginative stories such as this where characters, sometimes themselves
    enforcers of law, set out to bend the rules for their own and loved
    ones’s safety. A debate had broken out when Jeethu Joseph’s Drishyam
    came out, questioning Mohanlal’s character’s decision and the mode he
    uses to right a wrong. If this film here garners so much chatter as
    that one, then the debate shall continue where dilemma will be the
    chief guest. The dilemma whether you can take the law in your own hands
    or not. The most superficial inference to these topics and debates is
    that laws have to be amended periodically as we evolve, and Puthiya
    Niyamam mildly requests it.

    Another theme that the film explores is that of millennials spiraling
    into self-imposed destruction due to (uncontrolled) consumption of
    dangerous substances like marijuana and LCD that pop up in the nooks
    and corners of Kerala (or any other place for that matter) with fancy
    names like Idukki Gold and Meow Meow. The consequences are often dire
    as this leads these ‘freak’ youngsters to participate in delinquency
    like sexual assault and other crimes. Satyriasis maybe a curable
    disease, but when intoxication is a supporting agent, crime is
    inevitable. No wonder ugly cases like that of rape and molestation help
    create newspaper headlines, which involves youth who do not even spare
    their family members. No wonder millennials love faux-incest porn so
    much.

    Arguably, Nayanthara steals the limelight with her gritty performance
    as a young homemaker in distress. She starts off lightly, but then
    gathers speed, supported well by her co-star. Mammootty plays a jovial
    dude as protagonist #2, and does a good job. Overall, the film is
    well-made with right amount of attention to the filming parameters.
    Calling the film clever would be an overstatement though, so lets
    settle for deft, because there were scenes that reminded me of my
    favorite video game series, Hit-man (2001 to 2016) where Agent 47 uses
    stealth and natural ways to finish off his targets…

    BOTTOM LINE: A K Saajan’s Puthiya Niyamam is a neat psychological
    thriller that discusses cases of crime that we read daily and do
    nothing about. It raises questions which have been raised before, only
    that the characters here strive to do something about it, at least for
    their own sake. It’s worth the ticket price.

    Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES

  • binducherungathFebruary 17, 2016Reply

    Puthiya Niyamam (പുതിയ നിയമം) is a must-watch film, talks about the social evils of our society, and how social evils can turn somebody’s life

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  • akshayvs16May 3, 2016Reply

    New Law,just a waste of time

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  • PimpinAinttEasyMay 5, 2016Reply

    Preachy urban middle class revenge fantasy …..

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  • fahimayAugust 17, 2016Reply

    Justified vengeance

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