Pannaiyarum PadminiyumThere are few films that strike an emotional chord with it and “Pannaiyarum Padminiyum” definitely holds a high rank in that list. Director Arun Kumar who shot to fame in “Naalaya Iyakkunar” program with a short film (duration of less than 10 minutes) of the same title “Pannaiyarum Padminiyum” decided to make it into a full length feature with a running time of 150 minutes.

The film has three main characters. To begin with is the Pannaiyar (Jayaprakash), Murugesan (Vijay Sethupathi) and not to forget the real hero of the story a Padmini car. On a lighter note, it is that Premier Automobiles Limited under license from Fiat Automobiles rechristened the car as Padmini in the year 1973 for the only reason that actress Padmini was so famous at that time (official records could say something else) and the automobile company just cashed in on the popularity wave and it turned out to be a game changer for the automobile company.

The film for its entire running time maintains an emotional connect with the car.  The characters in the film act in such a way that as a viewer one feels that it is the car that holds center stage come what may. There is romance in the film, there is sentiment, family drama and emotion which gets inter-connected only because of the car.

“Pannaiyarum Padminiyum” is a film that doesn’t qualify to be a run-of-the-mill masala film but nevertheless this film carries loads of subtle emotions, sense of belongingness and importantly for the category of the viewers who could relate incidents / events of this nature to their real life happening, this is an emotional film. For those who would want to have a time pass, then this film is definitely not their cup of tea as the pace is a bit on the slower side. There is so much soul into this film especially in the scene where a little boy yearns to sit in the car’s front seat and the hardship he faces are really moving and in the end when he achieves his craving to be seated in the front seat is enjoyable.

In terms of acting, Jayaprakash has lived the role of a Pannaiyar while Thulasi as his better half has done an equally commendable job. For Vijay Sethupathi, this film has not given him much scope for acting. Ishwarya Rajesh’s role is very minimal and hence there is no scope for performance. However, she has already proved her mettle with a stellar performance in “Rummy” and one hopes she proves her worth as a performance oriented artist.

Sneha and Attakathi Dinesh come in guest appearances and out of the two, Dinesh seems to have a better role. Music, Cinematography, Art Direction and Editing are all of top class.

“Pannaiyarum Padminiyum” though a slow paced film, does complete justice to its story-line.

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