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      This is a thread dedicated for you to share your experiences of watching ageless classics and how it affected you or those around you at the time... It can also be your thoughts after rewatching them and how your perspectives have changed over the time, for better or worse... DIVE IN!!!
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      Cant think of a better movie to commence this thread than this classic gem and one of my personal alltime favourites... As everybody knows by now, the movie is an unofficial remake of the iconic Harrison Ford starrer 'The Fugitive' (in itself a remake of a 1963 series) which has also been remade into telugu and hindi with Nagarjuna as 'criminal'... Having watched all versions of the similar story (including the cringy Nagarjuna versions), it cannot be denied that 'Nirnayam' is one of those rare instances wherein atleast personally, the remake fared much better than the original... Here's my thoughts on why...

      While 'Fugitive' begins with the courtroom hearing after the murder of Dr. Kimble's wife, Nirnayam builds towards that only by it's interval... Nirnayam has a fabulous prologue introducing the antagonist with that eerie bgm and piques the audience interest before the opening credits start rolling... Then, we are straightaway introduced to Dr. Roy Mathews, as a drunken driver (not exactly an ideal intro for a role model), Dr. V.D Iyer and Dr. Annie... Then through various interesting circumstances, we witness the humanitarian in Dr. Roy, his equations with Iyer and Fr. Thayyil, his empathy towards the orphaned Parukutty, his blossoming love with Dr. Annie and we end up rooting for all these characters at the end of the first half... We are devastated by the death of Annie and we feel Roy's pain in that court room sequence especially in his heartbreaking monologue 'ente Annieye njan konnitilla'... By the time Roy is sentenced, we are invested in him and we are ready to go on a thrilling journey with him to prove his innocence (unlike Dr. Kimble's ordeal)... We go through an array of emotions and tension and by the end, we are elated at Dr. Roy's triumph... Yes, the story is adapted but they improved upon the source material especially by swapping all that boring pharmaceutical drug conspiracy for the much more interesting black market organ trafficking angle...

      The music and background scores by R Anandh, were a huge backbone for the movie especially the scores used for the killer, romantic tunes and the one after the court sentencing... Its a wonder why this talented composer wasnt seen much in movies afterwards... The visuals by Santosh Sivan are unsurprisingly world class and most of his frames and angles are just awe inducing and never seen before at the time... And Sharat Saxena's portrayal of the coldblooded killer used to send chills down my spine... Lots of people remember him for his 'samar khan' in kilukkam but this role will always remain a personal favourite... Ofcourse there are some scenes that havent aged well, like the stereotypical portrayal of the sleazy nurse but can be forgiven keeping in mind, its a product of another era...

      Which brings me to the one and only Lalettan... At the end of the day, he is the one that makes all the difference... While Ford's stoic portrayal passes for a watchable experience, Nagarjuna's cringe version is just unbearable... However, what neither of them could do and what Lalettan did right so effortlessly was, make that character his own... Every movement and mannerism of Dr. Roy oozes charm and confidence and at the same time looked dapper and handsome... Being one of the earliest movies i ever watched, I believe this is the portrayal that awakened the Lalettan fan in me... And unsurprisingly, this is one of those rare movies that inspired lots of impressionable young boys and girls to become a 'humane doctor like Dr. Roy'... Hell, there is even a doctors fans association for Lalettan known as 'Nirnayam medicoz' (something which no other stars have achieved if i remember correctly)... Revisiting this movie almost 20 years later while in our college hostel tv room, we were absolutely stunned and flabbergasted at the way Dr. Roy looked so familiar to us, especially with the mannerisms of our HOD's, unit chiefs and surgeons even in present day during rounds and also the scene where he chastises the lady doctor in the lift for missing a hemothorax case... Yet another proof to the timeless brilliances in his perfomances...

      This movie might not have worked wonders at the boxoffice at the time of its release(and i will never know why) but it inspired a whole new generation of doctors to be empathetic to patients... If thats not a testimony to how a great actor's perfomance influences people in a positive manner, i dont know what else is... Dr. Roy still remains the best onscreen doctor in malayalam cinema followed by Dr. Ravi Tharakan(but thats a writeup for another day...)...
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      Quote Originally Posted by Dr.BenAbraham View Post
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      I think it did fairly well for it's genre at that time. That was an era when subjects like medical thrillers/drama etc were quite rare and new. It did not have a mass hero angle like a Rajavinte Makan or 20th Century, nor did it have the outrageous comedy like an In Harihar Nagar. A movie that achieved these balances perfectly in my opinion was Yodha. That was also a time of musicals and family dramas. This had none of those elements, yet did well, which is credit to the makers. It remains perhaps Lalu Alex's best mass character to date.

      Many years later, I did wonder why the doctor was portrayed also as an alcoholic? Is it ethical for a doctor to be so dependent on alcohol? The same question we asked after watching Arjun Reddy. And, also there was one scene where he explains why he chose to work in the private hospital rather than govt hospital, which seemed like an exercise in giving the character moral high ground, rather than doing any good to the story.

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      Some of them do depend on Alchol and when i discussed this with couple of my friends who are GP's they said "day in day out we listen to people about their worries, sickness some times their sheer stupidity ,sometimes things will be so bad that you start questioning the existence of a supreme power especially when they deal with kids who has chronic illness etc" so apparently alcohol for them is a way to relax and scientifically what alcohol does helps their brain etc etc, I lost the plot at this stage as my padayappa stage kicked in ��.
      In saying this My cousin who is a specialist practicing in Govt Medical College is a
      teetotaller so exceptions do exist .

      Arjun Reddy is different as he is battling an emotional issue for which he relies
      on alcohol !
      There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

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      Quote Originally Posted by sethumadhavan View Post
      I think it did fairly well for it's genre at that time. That was an era when subjects like medical thrillers/drama etc were quite rare and new. It did not have a mass hero angle like a Rajavinte Makan or 20th Century, nor did it have the outrageous comedy like an In Harihar Nagar. A movie that achieved these balances perfectly in my opinion was Yodha. That was also a time of musicals and family dramas. This had none of those elements, yet did well, which is credit to the makers. It remains perhaps Lalu Alex's best mass character to date.

      Many years later, I did wonder why the doctor was portrayed also as an alcoholic? Is it ethical for a doctor to be so dependent on alcohol? The same question we asked after watching Arjun Reddy. And, also there was one scene where he explains why he chose to work in the private hospital rather than govt hospital, which seemed like an exercise in giving the character moral high ground, rather than doing any good to the story.
      there are scores of doctors in real life who use alcohol in their leisure time... its a stress reliever in an otherwise hectic job and an increasingly thankless profession nowadays... what would be unethical is to be inebriated during on call duty... that cannot be justified in any way... and something irresponsible like that is never shown in the movie...
      pinne you are right that explanation for working in private hospital doesnt contribute much to the core story... Maybe that might have been placed to clarify any audience doubts to an extent as to 'why would a doctor with service mentality not stay in govt sector?'... i have seen lots of initially eager seniors who have become disillusioned with the way some govt hospitals work (not that private sector is any better but a lesser evil for some based on who you ask)...
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