Pa Paandi (TAMIL)

Starring: Rajkiran, Revathi, Prasanna, Chaya Singh and many more
Editing : Prasanna
Music : Sean Roldan
Cinematography : Velraj
Directed by: Dhanush

Dhanush has now entered into direction..!! After acting, producing, singing, writing lyrics he dons the hat of the director. He has chosen a 60+ actor as his lead in his debut directorial venture. Lets see what he has tried saying us through his story.

Power Paandi (Rajkiran) is a retired stunt master in Tamil film industry, living with his son Raghavan (Prasanna), daughter-in-law (Chaya Singh) and their two children. Raghavan wants his dad to stay at home and spend his time but Paandi is a person who can’t take things lightly, as  he wants to work and be occupied. When Paandi picks up a fight with the local thugs, it causes embarrassment to Raghavan. This forces Paandi and he writes a letter and leaves home. The old man wants to explore life and goes on a road trip to meet his first love (Revathi) in Hyderabad. What happens next forms the rest.

Dhanush has packaged the movie in such a way that the film has necessary commercial elements including fight, romance, songs and family sentiments. Establishing the characters and premise  takes up a chunk of the film’s first half. The film’s second half moves briskly, save for the unnecessary songs that act as speed bumps in the narrative. Rajkiran carries the entire film on his broad shoulder and shines in every frame emoting effortlessly be it charged up for the fight sequences or becoming a child when playing with his grandchildren.

Revathi lifts the film with her brilliant performance though for a very short period of time, she steals the show. The way she sits down with her daughter and discusses the idea of companionship at 60. Take a bow. The flashback scenes of Dhanush and Madonna Sebastian (young Rajkiran and Revathi) though well-written is cliched. Prasanna as the son who repents for his behavior towards his dad after he goes missing has given a good account of himself while Chaaya Singh as his wife does not get any scenes to score. Rinson as the boy next door who has a casual and loyal friendship with Power Paandi is so natural that you wish there are more scenes between them.

If simplicity is the heart of the film, Sean Roldan’s music is the soul. The background scores and the album itself is all about narrating Power Paandi’s story. Velraj’s camera captures the rural flavor and ambience effectively. Dhanush gives us a heartwarming film that, despite its conventional storytelling, packs in a huge emotional wallop. An emotionally strong film but not too much emotional on a story basis. Can give a try..!! 🙂

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2 States (HINDI)

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Starring: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amrita Singh, Revathi and many more
Editing : Namrata Rao
Music : Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography : Binod Pradhan
Written by : Chetan Bhagat
Directed by: Abhishek Varman

The film is entirely based on a popular novel and the writer also involved in its making keeps us glued on the film, that too after his previous films which were made into feature films were runaway hit (3 Idiots, Kai Po Che). Even the lead pair selection was also interesting. So what does this surprise package offer us.? Lets see.

Krish Malhotra (Arjun) and Ananya Swaminathan (Alia) meet on the IIM A campus and slowly develop their love in the form of joint study and some sharing of food. Ananya’s parents are conservative, strait-laced and simple. Krish is saddled with a loving but melodramatic mother who insists on calling Ananya’s family ‘Madrasis’ and an alcoholic father with serious anger-management issues. How each other resolve this and finally get married forms the rest.

The movie has some superb performances and hillarious punch lines and surely has a lot of freshness in the seemingly not so fresh story. The film does have some moments of inspiration, like when the hero, armed with four rings, proposes collectively to the girl’s family over lunch. But these are too few and far between to add up to much in the final analysis.

Arjun was superb with his effortless performance while Alia’s expressions are enough to make your eyes stuck to the screen. The on-screen chemistry between Alia and Arjun surely did wonders for the film. Amrita Singh plays the typical Punjabi mother perfectly and the clash of cultures makes for a highly amusing watch. Revathy is indeed a nice choice for the Tamilian mother character. Ronit Roy makes you remember Anil Kapoor towards the end.

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s songs plays the perfect supporting role to the film and they are quiet enjoyable. Camera work picks the best of North and South of our country. The movie directed by Abhishek Varman has few poetic touches to the screenplay as the story is already very familiar for many. The mission to make both the families to accept each other and the father son episodes make the film to feel good. If you are in a mood for a Bollywood family comedy drama with measured senti elements and the right amount of music, please go for it… 🙂