Production: Dhanush - Wunderbar Films | Cast: Baba Baskar, Chaya Singh Madonna Sebastian, Master Raghavan, Prasanna, Rajkiran, Revathi, Robo Shankar, Vidyullekha Raman | Direction: Dhanush | Screenplay: Dhanush | Story: Dhanush | Music: Sean Roldan | Background score: Sean Roldan | Cinematography: Velraj | Dialogues: Dhanush | Editing: Prasanna GK | Singers: Ananthu, Dhanush, Sean Roldan, Shweta Mohan | Lyrics: Dhanush, Rajumurgan, Selvaraghavan | PRO: Riaz K Ahmed | Distribution: K Productions Rajarajan



Review By : Behindwoods Review Board Release Date : Apr 14,2017
Movie Run Time : 2 Hours 6 Minutes Censor Rating : U

Dhanush can do anything with regard to cinema - act, dance or write; he does them all in admirable standards too. With Pa Paandi, Dhanush tries to put a firm foot into direction for the very first time.

Pa Paandi is about a popular retired stunt master who goes on a road trip in search of his first love. There have been very few films in Tamil that has dealt with the life of old man. Even if there are any, they would mostly talk about their struggles. But where Pa Paandi scores is the tight and light manner it talks about a very intense topic. That’s where Dhanush really proves his mettle as a director.

The entire experience you get from watching a family drama often comes down to the small emotional moments. There are 4 to 5 moments in Pa Paandi, which may not be fresh to all but still would make everyone wear a smile on their face.

With age, not just our perspectives change but also how others look at us. How children who once look upon their elders as heroes, think of them as burden after they age. Our hero Pa Paandi is different, even at his mid-sixties, he is physically and mentally strong. The society calls him an old man, wants him to be locked inside a room and think nothing but his past and die someday. But he has other plans; he wants to live every moment of his life for himself and not for the society or for his children who have their own life to live. Dhanush has shown that a script like this could be given a typical commercial treatment.

Rajkiran is brilliant from the word go, he has played his part so well. Have we seen him speak in English? Here he does. Pa Paandi shows Rajkiran in a completely different form that we have never seen before. Revathi is back in a romantic role after ages and she has carried it with a matured performance. Dhanush too has a meaty role to play in the film. He comes for around 30 minutes. We have seen Dhanush play similar characters in the past and it is a cake walk kind of performance from him. Sean Roldan’s music was a delight and it complemented the script so well.

Simple things like the build-up to Rajkiran or fight scenes could have been composed with little more perfection or more natural to be precise. In fact, the last fight looks a little force-fitted and could have been avoided. You might take some time to relate to the character but once that’s done, you are all in for an enjoyable ride. The first half largely is about establishment of Rajkiran’s character, while the second half talks about his past and also soul-searching experience. A nicely knit plot, in fact!

Pa Paandi is packed with some realistic dialogues and emotions that many could relate to. It has something for everyone. Fathers would like it and so would kids. So it’s a film for family audience who might leave the theatre with some degree of satisfaction.

Verdict: Pa Paandi could be your perfect family summer treat
( 3.0 / 5.0 )


Review by : Behindwoods Review Board Album Release Date : Mar 09,2017

Singers: Ananthu, Chorus
Lyrics: Selvaraghavan

An acoustic guitar accompanied by the piano and a charming flute is undoubtedly one of the best combinations which can produce quality and enrapturing music. Sean has nailed it in this track rendered by the extremely talented Ananthu. Selvaraghavan's lyrics are magical and take the song a notch higher.

Singers: Dhanush, Chorus
Lyrics: Dhanush

Dhanush shines in this folk song for which the chorus provides a neat foundation. The Nadhaswaram and the beats give this song it's much needed high as it unwaveringly moves forward.

Singers: Sean Roldan, Shwetha Mohan
Lyrics: Selvaraghavan

The strings and the Flute take over this track and lift it to a whole new level with Sean and Shwetha Mohan rendering the song in their own wonderful style. Consistent variations backed by the percussions helps this track to score.

Veesum Kaathodathan
Singers: Sean Roldan, Anthony Daasan
Lyrics: Raju Murugan

Anthony Dasan's interesting tone adds to Sean's captivating voice in this folkish rock song. Fascinating usage of instruments like the Darbuka and the Kanjira has helped the track attain its uniqueness.

Venpani Malare (Male)
Singers: Sean Roldan
Lyrics: Dhanush

The introduction of the beautifully orchestrated strings, Sean Roldan's voice, and the sweet classical touch takes the song to a whole new level and ultimately becomes the pick of the album. The Tabla provides the base for the song along with the mesmerizing strings while the graph of the song is consistently high. Dhanush proves his mettle with the pen in this track.

Venpani Malare (Female)
Shwetha Mohan
Lyrics: Dhanush

Shwetha Mohan's voice replaces Sean's with the exact same background music. Swetha's rendition is wonderful yet doesn't match that of Sean Roldan.

Verdict: A musically brilliant album with fervently composed tracks
( 3.25 / 5.0 )


Week : 4
Total collections in Chennai : Rs. 1,80,21,194
Chennai city verdict: Above Average

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