Mandhira Punnagai – Tamil Movie Review

Banner: Indira Pictures
Production: Nagarajan, Karthik Nagarajan
Direction: Karu Pazhaniappan
Star-casts: Karu Pazhaniappan, Meenakshi, Santhanam, Thambi Ramaiah, Maheshwari, Rishi and others
Music: Vidhyasagar

This Friday seems to be more off directors’ week as the other release as Sundar handling both onscreen and the protocol of direction. Much similarly, Karu Pazhaniappan takes on with these portfolios with his own penchant taste of presenting some unique theme. The very delineation of the protagonist’s character is as realistic as he represents every human mind as a different world. Some Worlds are simple while others are complicated.

Karu Pazhaniappan plays the role of a brilliant architect Kathir. Spinning good money for his creative designs, Kathir is indulged in boozing, affairs with girls and chain smoking, He spends most of the time with his colleague (Santhanam) and apartment watchman Naidu (Thambi Ramaiah) and He is so outspoken that attracts Nandini (Meenakshi) as they meet coincidentally. On a special contract of constructing a car showroom, Kathir develops an affinity with Nandini, who works for the company. Soon as Nandini reminiscences of nostalgic memories with his mother: he slowly turns away from the bad habits, though she is ready to accept him with after knowing them. Often his father keeps him confusing his day-to-day activities and wrong idea about Nandini’s character.

Though negligent to his father’s word at first, Kathir is blown out of waters to see Nandini being intimate with a guy (guest appearance by Srikanth). Unable to bear her infidelity, Kathir thrashes her to death and surrenders at police station.

But sooner we realize the murder hasn’t actually happened. What unfolds next is an unexpected twist in the tale that freezes us for few minutes later followed by some lighter moments.

Karu Pazhaniappan’s thought of basic plot is fine. Although it faintly resembles Kamal Haasan’s ‘Aalavandhan’ and Parthiban’s ‘Kudaikul Malai’, the strong dialogues keeps us focused. Karu’s dialogues during most parts of the film wins claps. The idealistic characterization of ‘Kathir’ is quite annoying for its unconventional role, but it’s convincing with the dialogues rendered by him. His conversations with the doctor of dozens of irrelevant topics within a minute are extraordinary.

He has carved an excellent characterization for all the characters including minimal roles.

Meenakshi plays her part well, but looks too glamorous. Maybe an actress like Sneha would have fit the space. Santhanam gets a good scope apart from cracking one-liners. It looks like Thambi Ramaiah is going through a high-time in tinsel town. He won appreciations for his performance in ‘Myna’ and gets a meaty role in this film as well. Srikanth’s cameo is so unwanted. How come he could accept such a flimsy character?

There are some minuses that blatantly spoil the film on whole. First and foremost, songs are completely unwanted. None of them are impressive and Karu should have avoided them. The first half is pointless as he drags it for the sake of duration. The actual story begins 10 after intermission through a twist, but again after 20mins of gripping screenplay, the penultimate sequences and climax is so normal.

Technically, cinematography by Ramnath Shetty is top-notching and editing is smooth and normal. Rajeevan’s art direction is commendable.

With nothing to boast about star-values, the film will travel on low-profile and it’s specially meant for miniscule audiences.

What works: Performance, Dialogues, Karu Pazhaniappan’s naturalistic onscreen approach, Santhanam, Thambi Ramaiah.

What doesn’t work: Screenplay, first half, Music, Climax

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