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PANDIYA MOVIE REVIEW
by : Behindwoods review board
Vishnu Vishal, Piaa.
Siddharth Chandrasheker makes his incursion
into direction with AGS Entertainment’s
Bale Pandiya with Vishnu of Vennila Kabbadi
Kuzhu fame and Pia Bajpai in lead roles.
The title does not bear any resemblance
to the old Sivaji Ganesan hit but for
the ‘mama-maapley’ track in
the ‘sirkkiren’ number. In
his maiden directorial flick, Siddharth
weaves a story about an unlucky
man, his escapades in life and his interpretations
of the same.
Right from his birth, Pandiyan (Vishnu) remains ill
fated and his bad luck follows him wherever he goes.
Some of the incidents to show this are amusing, especially
when he gets into a big bus which breaks into two
and the Nadi Josier (astrologer) dying while writing
his horoscope! Even his suicide attempts are failures
and he finally takes the help of henchman AKB to kill
him. AKB is hired by politician Pasupathy (John Vijay)
to kidnap Vaishnavi (Pia), daughter of fellow politician
Jaiprakash, basically to silence him on a political
issue. In the midst of this, Vivek comes from London
in search of Pia to marry her. How the paths of all
these people are brought in a single line and what
life has in store for Vishnu, when he has decided
to call it quits, is the story of Bale Pandiya.
The attempts of director Siddharth appear fresh and
there are touches of his ad world experience in a
few scenes. The summation of the events at the end
is very interesting and novel too. And so are the
title credits. Some of the dialogues are high on intelligent
humor especially when Pia says on a good bye note
to Vishnu “Inda situationla Birlavaa irundalum
Tata nnu daan sollanum.” The scene where pedestrians
and cyclists overtake Vishnu’s bike is funny.
However, Siddharth has not held the screen play tightly
through out and loses his grasp especially towards
the end. The film seems to drag on with a meandering
narration in the latter half.
For Vishnu, this is his second film and the lad has
done justice to his role. Cute Pia passes muster but
it is time she has a make over as her looks and costumes
are virtually the same in all films. Amarendran, as
the dada, is an impressive find. SS Music Gibran has
nothing to write home about. John Vijay is rocking
as always and is a delight to watch. Jaiprakash delivers
Vivek, as the man from London trying to chide the
happenings in Chennai, is annoying mostly. But he
can be forgiven when he talks some sense about giving
way to ambulance and giving a simple solution for
deep dug holes in the roads.
Devan Ekambaram’s debut as music director is
just about satisfactory. The song ‘Happy’
is picturised differently with many singers and the
Kangalal Kamalalayam is melodious. Devan’s music
is very loud and his BGM even overlaps the dialogues
in some scenes.
short, if Siddharth had tweaked a few portions in
the film, we would have said- Bale Siddharth!. Go
without expectations and enjoy the ride!
Verdict – A fractional entertainer!
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