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Starring: Vishnu Vishal, Piaa
Direction: Siddharth Chandrasekar
Music: Devan Ekambaram
Production: Kalpathi S.Agoram
Call it the lack of titles or the case of the title-suiting-the-script-of-the-movie, Bale Pandiya has had enough publicity owing to its name which is inspired by the old classic starring Sivaji Ganesan and Devika. We assume the similarity of the two movies end with the title, but the promos vaguely throw hints that it could be more. In the old movie, Sivaji attempts suicide and is subsequently rescued by Devika. Same way, Bale Pandiya’s promos show Vishnu’s suicide attempt and Piaa rescuing him.

Debutant director Siddharth Chandrashekhar started off his career with advertising and has been involved in publicity of many films for about a decade. It seems like a natural progression for him to get into movies and he agrees to it as well. He also agrees to the point that there’s indeed a small link between the old and new Bale Pandiya.

Siddharth promises that Bale Pandiya would be a wholesome entertainer and that it is not targeted at any particular age group, but for everyone. He adds that “the characters are highly relatable and the events would have occurred in everybody’s life. The
  Bale Pandiya
movie is about how the characters interpret the events that are happening around them and the ensuing decision”.

Vennila Kabbadi Kuzhu’s Vishnu plays the lead, and a ‘full-fledged hero’ according to the director. The package entails him to dance, do some stunts and perform comedy – in a wholesome deal. Piaa is the ‘cheerful, bubbly happy-go-lucky kind’ of girl. That apart, the movie will also have many debutants; possibly back from Siddharth’s advertising days. Significant of them being Gibran, the SS music VJ and columnist. Amarendran, a new artist has also played an important role in the first half of the film. There are a lot of new faces as well according to the director.

Shot extensively in Pondycherry, Chennai and Puket, Bale Pandiya is scored by Devan Ekambaram. Although not unfamiliar with the music scene, Bale Pandiya will also serve as a launch pad for Devan as a full-fledged music director. Cinematography is handled by P C Sreeram’s disciples Soundar and Gurudev. Soundar has worked with K V Anand and Gurudev has apprenticed under Jeeva.

Publicity is yet to catch up in the media but is expected to gear up in the days to come ahead of the movie’s release. Siddharth’s background in advertising is expected to provide a certain niche for the movie’s production values. And if he manages to maintain the niche in other aspects of the movie, Bale Pandiya stands a chance at the box-office.

Bale Pandiya is produced by Kalpathi Agoram brothers for their AGS Production banner. The movie’s release date was postponed once and it is expected to hit the screens this weekend.

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