Pannaiyarum Padminiyum (TAMIL)


Starring: Vijay Sethupathi, Jayaprakash, Thulasi, Iswarya, Bala and many more
Editing: Sreekar Prasad
Music : Justin Prabhakaran
Cinematography : Gokul Benoy
Directed by: Su Arun Kumar

Another short film which develops into a mainstream cinema. That too which is acted by none other than the short film start Vijay Sethupathi. Thats the frontline of this film. The short film has attracted many through its narration and the characters and their chemistry. Has it been re-portrayed well into film? Was there enough screenplay for 120 mins + film..? Check out..!!

Film is set in 80-90’s period where the villages were starting to get the new things for the first time, a la, radio, telephone, television, toilet(!) and car. One such village is headed by Pannaiyar (Jayaprakash) who introduces all these to his village people who can use them at whatever time they wish to. His wife is played by Thulasi. Like that way he comes across his friend’s car which he asks him to take care for some days till he returns back. Like that he gets a Premier Padmini car which attaches like a pet to him and his family and to his village. As he dont know to drive comes Murugesh (Vijay Sethupathi) who drives the car and feels that he should be only driving it. Pannaiyar also wishes to learn driving after which only his wife will get into the car. Will the car be with him and has he learnt driving in the meantime is what the film is about.

The film is majorly about the beautiful relationship that exists between many like Mr & Mrs Pannaiyar, Pannaiyar and Vijay, everyone and the car. Even the small kid who saves money just for sitting in the front seat of the car.! Such a mature yet playful romance hasn’t been shown in a more convincing manner in recent times when it comes to Jayaprakash and Thulasi. The events weaved around the car shows us the importance of the vehicle in the story.

Jayaprakash shows his diverse range as an actor and takes the center stage for a change, after donning support roles in most of his movies. Thulasi is establishing herself firmly as a superb onscreen emotional artist. Their love and camaraderie is adorable, funny and emotional from the get go. Vijay Sethupathi was at his usual best, playing the character of a driver with ease. He has a love angle with Iswarya. Bala who gets promotion from small screen gives his best and evokes laughter with his slapstick presentation. He is a man to look out for. Then there are Sneha and Attakathi Dinesh who does cameos.

Justin Prabhakaran’s soothing tunes breathe life into the emotional narrative while Gokul Benoy’s cinematography aptly presents the rich montage of rural background. Sreekar could have trimmed the film a bit but still the film is not boring. Arun Kumar has given a film which has no violence and which is a realistic story revolving around the lives of ordinary people and their simple desires. The film is an ultimate endearing journey which is well etched with mix of emotions and power packed charecterisation. Well done.! 🙂

Please find the links of the short film: (with subs)


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