Director Suseendhiran once hogged the limelight for directing entertaining commercial films like “Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu” and “Naan Mahaan Alla”. Both these films were blockbusters which made Suseendhiran a hot property in kollywood. He followed these films with insignificant ones like “Rajapattai” and “Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai”. His last film “Aadhala Kadhal Seiveer” did receive critical acclaim but failed miserably at the box office.
Vishal on the other hand was on a down slide after his “Samar” bombed at the box-office while his supposed to be previous release “Madhagaja Raja” failed to see the light of the day due to certain controversies.
Vishal decided to hire Suseendhiran’s services in his home production’s latest venture “Pandiya Nadu” which was touted to be an action entertainer. The trailer of the film did raise some expectations about the film. On Diwali day this film locks horns with Ajith’s “Aarambam” and Karthi’s “Azhaguraja”.
As soon as the titles roll over, audience is put through the grind by virtue of a folk song which is too loud to be of any comfort to the ears. Then as scenes roll over, one waits for the main storyline to begin and the so called main storyline does take some time to actually arrive. And finally after a good hour or so to establish the reason behind the enmity between the hero and villain there are so many scenes that pulls the viewer to boredom.
Vishal happens to be a guy next door person who lives with his happy family in Madurai. There is Bharathiraja who dons the role of his father. In the first half, there is also the love angle between him and his tenant Lakshmi Menon. At this point, the film almost comes to standstill with its lethargic pace. When the so called twist arrives in the film which sparks the enmity between Vishal and the villain, things start to look very much downhill as the audience guess that it is going to be an ordinary hero vs villain film and the guess does hold good.
“Pandiya Nadu” with a running time of 140 minutes doesn’t even carry a single bright spot during its entire duration. Till the interval, there is nothing significant in the film and hoping for a better second half when the film rolls on, there is nothing in it either.
Vishal in terms of acting seems to be off color as this film does not bring out his full acting potential. Lakshmi Menon after stellar performance in “Kumki” fails to match that standard by a huge margin. Soori included in the film for comedy disappoints while Vikranth plays a cameo in the film. The best of the lot happens to be Bharathiraja who with his vast experience brings out the acting that is required for the role. Harish Uthaman who don the second villain character in “Gouravam” plays the same role in this film and with an extended screen time, his performance is just ordinary.
Iman’s music does nothing good to the film except for the few songs that were already chart busters (though the picturization is awful). Director Suseendhiran needs to get out of the star based formula films and must try his hand at making some realistic films that also turns out to be entertaining.
“Pandiya Nadu” is a definite disaster at the box-office.