Pattiyal Tamil Movie Review

Feature Film
Mar 1, 2006 By P.V.Sathish Kumar

Pattiyal is a morbid account of two orphaned youths leading a depressing life as contract killers. As a study of gangster's life, Pattiyal is realistic and in some cases depressing. As a study of relationship between two friends, it is touching. As a picture of the youths' struggle with life and the confusion, the encounters in following their hearts, it is all too real.

What makes Pattiyal powerful is its low-key simplicity- there is no overblown dialogues or melodrama. Rather the director lets the story to gently unfold through his camera lenses.

After his hugely successful directorial debut with Arindhum Ariyamalum last year, director Vishnu Vardhan has pulled off yet another impressive movie that will appeal to all the age groups across all sections. It is only his second directorial venture, but he proves that he is a filmmaker of great resonance and flair.

Here goes the story...

Koshy (Arya) and Selvam (Bharath) are orphans living in a slum. They become friends in their early childhood and since then they live for each other. Both grow up as emotionless and tough guys.

They work for Sami (VMC Haneefa), a middleman, as contract killers. They are wholly contended with the money they make out of contract killings. They lead their lives as the nature dictates and do not have any big ambitions. Saroja (Padmapriya), a girl working in a garment company is head over heals to marry Koshy, who do not show any inclination for her. Selvam meets Sandhya (Pooja), a salesgirl in a medical shop and they fall for each other instantly.

One day, Sami gets them a major assignment to assassinate Avinashi Nachimuthu Gounder (Santhanabharathy), a Coimbatore-based business magnet and a politician in the making. Koshy and Selvam vow that this assignment will be their last one and decide to lead a new life. However, this assignment tears their lives apart. What happens to Koshy and Selvam is told in a spine-chilling climax.

The acting by Arya and Bharath, the principle characters in the move, is superb. Arya handles the complex character of Koshy very well, and manages to convey Koshy's emotional arc - ruthlessness, then innocence, then ambivalence, and eventually love - in a matured way. His use of facial expressions and body language fits exactly for the kind of role he plays. Furthermore, the scenes between Koshy and Selvam are truly touching.

As Selva the mute, Bharath is excellent in his role. His on-screen presence is emotionally charged. He deftly uses visible emotional signs to convey his feelings, and for that we feel sympathy for him. He manages to inject emotion and feeling into what should be a dislikable, brutal, cruel character.

Pooja's performance is among the best in the movie. She manages to convey her character effectively with use of facial expressions. Padmapriya and Cochin Haneefa play their parts adroitly.

In terms of visuals and sound, the movie is of the highest class. Nirav Shah, the cinematographer has used his ingenuity to capture images that emphasizes the grass-root background of the characters. Meanwhile, Yuvan Shankar Raja's music of the times is used effectively to create a sense of reality. Srikar Prasad's crisp editing helps to maintain the energy and drive through out.

Pattiyal is a well-fashioned movie that leaves you thinking.

P.V.Sathish Kumar