Movie Review – Pannaiyarum Padminiyum

Posted: March 29, 2014 in Movie Reviews
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Another short film made into a feature film. Another Vijay Sethupathi film. Another good Tamil film to the kitty. All this has become so synonymous now. Pannaiyarum Padminiyum comes out of a strong positive feel good entertainer in the midst of path breaking black comedies. It requires guts to make a proper family drama. I could never make it. I’d be afraid that I’d be sidelined thinking the film is cheesy but this film for sure will be liked by everyone no matter what. Director S U Arun Kumar has made a superb film on the lines of Vikraman but without the necessary cheesy elements.

Pannaiyam Padminiyum

The films hero or rather heroine is Padmini, Pannaiyars pleasured car. The film opens with someone buying a car and telling the whole story of Pannaiyarum Padminiyum through flashback. And how everyone is attached to the car. Even when their car gets stuck while coming back home. The guy who pushes the car hides the key and gives it to them once they reach their house and says, “namma caruku onnum agathunae kavalapadathinga…” That’s the attachment the car has got from everyone. All this through people’s eyes. There is no close up shot of the car or camera revolving around the car. Rather there is a good shot where Vijay Sethupathi proposes the woman whom he falls in love with when her father dies. Not as good a shot as Vikram and Aishwarya conversing in a coracle boat though.

After the car much of the credits has to go to Jayaprakash and Thulasi as Pannaiyar and his wife. Jayaprakash has a lot of scope to perform in a film like this but Thulasi excels in whatever she does. Be it the irritation when her daughter comes to take things off or calling out Murugesan (Vijay Sethupathi) and asking him to teach Jayaprakash. They were fabulous. Jayaprakash on the other hand excels in each frame he appears with the car. The pride, the innocence when he believes what Murugesan says and everything. We know he’s a good actor but this time he has exceeded the expectations. Above all the chemistry between the two is sizzling and thus makes the Unakaga Piranthanae song special. Because we hear the music so many times but finally appears through a soothing cold honey drenched voice of Sandhya. As soon as the song gets over we hear the same song in the voice of S.P.B Charan for Murugesan and Malarvizhi (Iyshwarya Rajesh) which is even more soothing.

The music director has done a fabulous job here and so were the others. First time we see the car the emotion for enga ooru vandi reaches its peak. I’ve watched the song quite a few times in the TV and liked it but watching it along with the film it was even more special. But the best part of the music is not that. When her daughter comes back home to return the car saying that its bad luck for them. He plays a music with trumpet and all. That was the epic scene of the movie. The joy in the faces of everyone at that time was unmatchable.

All through the movie there were few funny moments mostly involving Peedai and it was a nice little joke that he jumps in the bonnet of the car till the end to start it. Even the scenes where Murugesan had to teach driving to him and the way he escapes thinking that he’d lose his job was quite pleasant and funny.

What lived above everything was the climax where Attakathi Dinesh comes back to the same place to get the front seat which he couldn’t for the five rupees he had that time. He might not have felt the same joy that he should have felt if he had got the chance back then. But he got something he didn’t except he’d get and that’s a tick mark in the check box. That joy is surely unsurpassable.

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