Pannaiyarum Padminiyum Movie Review


A sweet melodrama – that was a promise from filmmaker Arun Kumar as he promoted his film ‘Pannaiyarum Padminiyum’. It’s a new lease of cinema that was unlooked for in the Tamil industry. So far, our filmmakers depicted the pathos and lamentations of aged-couple, but Arun brings a cheerful mood. When you look into the emotional and hilarious encounters between Jayaprakash and Tulasi, it adds more intensity to the emotions. The film travels strongly on this aspect, which indeed overshadows the relationship among the characters and ‘Premiere Padmini’.

The plot is too simple. Set around 80s in Tamil Nadu, a strong bonding is created between a landlord, his wife and a driver through a car. It sounds pretty well for a short film and yes, Arun excelled with it. When it comes to the full length feature, there are places, where there is scarcity of emotions and ‘Car’ remains soulless in few places. But that’s not an offensive fact. It’s distinctly evident that the director has thrown more energy into sketching powerful character. The presence of Vijay Sethupathi is an additional strength, but much alike his previous release ‘Rummy’, his role is limited and Jayaprakash-Tulasi dominates a lot. Bala as Vijay Sethupathi’s sidekick evokes more laughter. Sneha in her cameo role is okay. Neelima does proper justice in her role as a nagging daughter.

Musical score by Justin Prabhakaran is a precious asset to this film. Even the scenes that lack dialogues and expressions are conveyed, his background score elevates the ambience. Cinematography is completely blissful and the virgin locations give a relief of fresh breath to us all.

As mentioned earlier, Vijay Sethupathi finds it difficult to gain his prominence in the script. It looks like the love scenes are intentionally added to give him equal importance as Jayaprakash. Vijay Sethupathi scores his best with dialogue delivers, specifically with the hilarious ones.

On the whole, ‘Pannaiyarum Padminiyum’ is a middling show with poignant moments crafted by Arun Kumar. But he could have made it more engaging by giving more soul to the car, which happens to be the central character in this movie.

Verdict: Pleasant and passable

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