Pandianadu Movie Review
Cast: Vishal, Lakshmi Menon, Lohith Ashwa, Soori
The jaded revenge formula in commercial cinema is reinvented by Suseenthiran with Pandianadu. Vishal has come out with his best ever performance in a difficult role. The story is the tried and tested revenge theme, but the impact it is able to create is terrific. The film keeps you hooked till the end due to Suseenthiran’s script, fabulous performances from the lead actors and believability factor.
Director Suseenthiran is known for his action flicks, and "Pandiya Naadu" is an actioner too, but it also has this genuine touching family angle included with a purpose. He cashes in on a strong family bond to narrate an engaging revenge story sans any commercial cliches. A typical joint family story. Vishal is an ordinary guy working in a mobile service centre in small town Madurai, who falls for a school teacher (Lakshmi Menon).
His father (Bharthiraja) a retired government employee dotes on his elder brother a government employee. Meanwhile there is big mafia gang led by a tough guy Simmakkal Ravi(Sharath Lohitashwa), who rules Madurai with an iron fist. Vishal’s brother an honest officer gets into his bad books and is bumped off. Now, the helpless father and the meek son draw up separate plans to eliminate the bad guy!
The film based on Tamil cinema’s favourite formula of an underdog hitting back at a bunch of people who destroyed his picture perfect family. But, because of Suseenthiran, who knows exactly how to use his craft and never let goes off an opportunity to pleasantly surprise the audience. Vishal rises to the challenge of delivering a credible underplayed performance and is terrific especially in the climax scenes.
Breaking out of his recent penchant for trying to project himself as a lover-boy and trying hand at comedy, he gives evidence of his potential when trusted with a well-written role that requires him to give a subtle performance. Sharath Lohitashwa as the bad guy is fantastic. He is able to create a fear and hate among the audiences which helps the story to create sympathy for the hero.
Lakshmi has nothing much to do but appear in few scenes and a song. Bharthiraja as the dad is superb, especially in the last scene. Soori appears more in a character role than as a comedian. Vikranth in a cameo is stunning. D Imman ‘s music and background score was satisfying. On the whole, it is a perfect film to enjoy this Diwali.