Papanasam Tamil Movie
Leaving the theatre after watching Paapanasam, I had the same teary eyes and weary emotions I had after watching Uthama Villain... Only this time I wasn't the only one in the group to have been moved by the movie. That could mean commercial success... You will find comparisons with Mohanlal, accusations of plagiarism from Suspect X and even comments on how Gauthami might not have been the best option... Don't be a part of those discussions; instead just enjoy the movie which stands on its own merit.
Not having watched the original meant I was relatively oblivious to the twists and that made the experience even more enjoyable. This time around Kamal doesn't do anything different... No meta humor, no painful prosthetic make up and that in itself is something different. The dialect was perfect, nuances- magical and a performance so heart-warming that you only see a loving father and not Kamal Hassan, the artiste. A massive win I might say. The climactic sequence is one of the biggest highlights and adding to Kamal's persona, the Background music raises the overall emotions to a whole new level. Kindly do not compare this performance with Lal's, but I can really say that Mr Devgn is in some intimidating company.
The plot is simple and poignant. A beautiful family where mom and dad had sowed the seeds of happiness is disturbed when a perversion tries to destroy the home they have built. Mom lays things to rest and daddy ensures that his women are not disturbed given the powerful genetic background of the evil. We are shown instances of police brutality and just when you think that the cop mom is going a wee bit too radical, we realize what Kamal had done was just as much. One bad seed rocks the worlds of two set of parents. That and for subtlety in handling the plot which does have scope for melodrama, kudos to the director...
There is a reason we don't see stars in the morning. When you have to stand, watch and match the performance of a legend, it takes a lot. Gauthami is adequate, the children are fine too, and the other set of parents also have admirably performed. Kalabhavan Mani, Ilavarasu, Charlie, Vayapuri, MS Bhaskar and many more familiar faces add flavour to the film. Cinematography captures to mood of the film without much ado while the composer has definitely elevated a few scenes a few notches above. When it isn't broken, don't fix it... That is exactly what director Jeethu Joseph has done here. A taut script supported by some superlative performances ensures a pleasant ride for us.
Here's to the success of the common man and his daring getaway.