Paagan review

Paagan is a feel-good film

Movie: Paagan
Directed by Mohammed Aslam
Produced by Viswas U Lad
V. Purushothaman
Starring Srikanth, Janani Iyer, Kovai Sarala, Soori, Pandi, A. Venkatesh
Music by James Vasanthan
Cinematography J. Laxman
Editing by Kevin
Studio V P Productions
Distributed by Vendhar Movies
September 7, 2012

Paagan is a 2012 Indian Tamil language film directed by Mohammed Aslam, who was an associate to Ameer Sultan. It stars Srikanth and Janani Iyer in the lead roles. Kovai Sarala will play an important role in this film. James Vasanthan is the music director of the film.


Comedy is the flavour of the season right now, and Vendhar Movies’ Tamil film Paagan seems to have taken advantage of it.

The film is directed by Mohammad Aslam, once an associate of director Ameer.

The beginning is quite intriguing: a cycle that narrates its owner’s tale of love, life and many trials. The owner is Subramani (Srikanth), who loves his cycle like others love their significant others.


As a baby, he took his first steps with its help and later, he takes the help of his cycle in several get-rich-quick schemes, which he indulges in often with the help of his friends, Velliyangiri (Soori) and Makali (Pandi).

The trio come up with plenty of hare-brained ideas and everyone is ripe for mischief, trying to make a quick buck off gullible parties even as they trade hilarious quips.

As a final coup, they hit upon a so-called brilliant plan: Subramani must fall in love with the local bigwig’s daughter Mahalakshmi (Janani Iyer), whose riches he would naturally inherit.

Things don’t go according to plan and there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot.

The story takes a u-turn in the second half.

Srikanth looks trim and fresh, but hams his way through quite a few scenes. Janani Iyer plays the part of the pretty girl, and fits the bill. But its Soori and Pandi, along with Kovai Sarala, who walk away with the honours with their witty one-liners and natural performance.

James Vasanthan‘s music may be melodious but it doesn’t fit in with the film.

J Laxman‘s cinematography is neat as is Kevin‘s editing.

Aslam‘s dialogues, the village milieu and the feel-good mood make for good viewing. But there are moments when the screenplay turns choppy, and you’re not quite sure where everything is going.

The second half seem like it is building up to something exciting.

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  1. Srikanth is back with a bang, in Paagan! Comedy is one genre that never goes out of favour with the audience, and director Aslam has done well to cash in on that! Aslam, a former associate of Ameer Sultan, has done well in his maiden venture, produced by Vendhar Movies.

    We have seen the story of a movie narrated by the hero or heroine, a character in the story, or some person or the other, but interestingly, Paagan starts with a cycle narrating the story! A cycle shares with us the story of its owner (Paagan – mahout)! The owner of the cycle is Srikanth (Subramani), who is literally in love with his cycle! The cycle has been with Subramani since his birth, and has witnessed almost all the most important events in his life! Subramani and his 2 closest friends, Makali (Black Pandi) and Velliyangiri (Soori), are on the lookout for making it big in life, without much luck! All their get-rich schemes get foiled one way or the other, and that is when ubramani decides to woo a rich man’s daughter, and settle down well! He woos Mahalakshmi (Janani Iyer), purely for the sake of settling down into a wealthy lifestyle, but when she decides to throw away everything in her life for his sake, and comes to live with him, he is devastated! He leaves her to weep, in a temple, and escapes! When Subramani comes to know of the deep love Mahalakshmi has for him, he realizes his folly, and tries to correct his wrongs. How can he convince Mahalakshmi that he truly loves her, this time, and has turned over a new leaf? Or does he? What all does he undergo, to grow rich, in the right way? Watch the movie to know all this!

    Srikanth looks super-smart, and younger than ever before! He has played his part perfectly, and shows that he means business, in his second coming! Kudos to Janani Iyer, who has given a wonderful performance! She is apt for her role! However, Soori and Pandi are the real stars of the show! They are just way too funny! Soori has shown that he can carry off even emotional scenes with ease! Kovai Sarala, has breezed through her role, and is a major plus to the movie!

    Director Aslam does not give us any hint that this is his first movie! Though the screenplay leaves the viewers a little baffled at times, overall, the dialogues and the story are good enough to make us not notice any minor flaws that may exist! The dialogues are witty, and at times makes us wonder if they have been written by Crazy Mohan! James Vasanthan’s music is lively! J Laxman has handled the camera wonderfully, and the visuals in the songs are very pleasing! Kevin’s editing is crisp!

    Paagan is a comedy riot, and Srikanth, director Aslam and Vendhar Movies, have a winner on their hands! A must watch!

  2. Debut director Aslam has made a bicycle as the central character of Paagan just like the bike in Polladhavan (directed by Vettrimaran) and car in Paiyya (directed by Lingusamy). He has in fact gone a step ahead and made the cycle narrate the story!

    A youngster is raring to earn money and tries out various means for it. He calls every money-making venture a ‘project’ but fails miserably. Finally, he decides to fall in love and calls it a ‘project’ too. What happens if one thinks of love as a ‘project’ is told hilariously by the director.

    Srikanth, Soori and ‘Black’ Pandi are best friends who live in Pollachi. With no work to do, Srikanth thinks of various business ventures and calls them as ‘projects’. He also starts these projects only to taste failure.

    Finally, Srikanth decides to make money faster and plans to marry a rich girl. He and his friends decide on Janani Iyer, who is a rich man’s daughter. Janani also falls in love with Srikanth eventually but her dad A Venkatesh does not accept their love and she goes to Srikanth’s house seeking refuge.

    Srikanth is shocked by Janani Iyer’s sudden arrival but plans to hand her over to her dad A Venkatesh and earn a good name. His actual plan is to settle down at their bungalow. But on their way, they are accosted by Venkatesh’s henchmen and Janani immediately asks Srikanth to tie the mangalsutra around her neck. He, however, refuses to do so and states clearly that he was after her money and did not truly love her. Srikanth also leaves Janani at the temple and goes to Thiruppur.

    When in Thiruppur, he sees the diary penned by Janani in his cycle carrier. On reading it, he realizes her true love for him and starts crying. He immediately returns to Pollachi in search of her.

    What did Janani pen down in that diary? Why does Srikanth go in search of her again? Will they unite? All this forms the very lengthy post-intermission session.

    Srikanth’s bicycle seems to be the hero in this film. He sings and fights with his cycle. There is a scene wherein his cycle clashes with the heroine’s cycle and romance erupts between the cycles! His cycle also punctures itself to save the owner from near possible death! He also travels between Pollachi and Thiruppur, almost 61 kms, in this cycle. Despite all this, the cycle remains new right from the beginning till the end.

    What is the connection between this story and cycle? One wonders if the director has forcibly included the cycle in the script because no one else has done so in the history of Indian cinema!

    Aslam seems to be confused right from the start. He is perhaps not sure if he wanted to make it as a love story, a comedy film or a film with the cycle as the central subject.

    Soori and Pandi are welcome relief as they make us laugh with their antics. Apart from this, the scene where Srikanth attempts suicide to get Janani’s attention is laughable.

    The director has used the age-old formula in Tamil cinema by including four comedy scenes, three romantic scenes, and two or three chasing scenes with the cycle. Other than this there is nothing new.

    Positives: Soori and ‘Black’ Pandi’s comedy. And the love techniques.

    Negatives: Cycle, music, both songs as well as background score, lengthy film and confusing script.

    In total: If you are not worried about the story and logic but interested in the comedy (though we might have seen such comedy tracks a number of times before), then go for it!

  3. Subramani (Srikanth) is not your usual hero material. Awastrel, trickster and a loser in all his business ventures, he is constantly on the look-out for an easy way to become rich — no values, no qualms, all he wants is big money. Looking younger and sporting a fit-as-a-fiddle look ever since Nanban, the actor has dared to break away from clichés, dons a role you wouldn’t expect to see him in, and delivers.

    After long gap , Janani returns as a solo heroine. Eyes are her asset and she puts them to optimum use. Her role is nothing new, yet it’s refreshing. Sadly, the costume department has let her down. The colours of her attire, particularly in the song sequences, and the co-ordinates, are so garish that they hurt the eye.

    George, a spontaneous actor, who deserves more recognition. He plays Srikanth’s father in Paagan. And with Kovai Sarala as his wife the melee is enjoyable. Sarala’s over-play is her trademark and when the audience enjoys it, why not, she serves it in plenty.

    The melodious ‘Ippadi Oru,’ a James Vasanthan composition, will ring in your ears for long.

    The moments leading to the climax that involves planting of a bomb under the seat of a bicycle, the chase and the ‘boom’ that follows, don’t quite fit in with the rest of the plot.

    A neat film all the way, Paagan is engaging. Thinking differently seems the norm with our young crop of directors. May the tribe increase!

    Paagan: Bonding with a bicycle

  4. Srikanth plays his role quiet neatly. The director could have concentrated more on his costume it doesnt really look like he is from a lower income group.

    Janin Iyer has pretty decent role which she has potrayed Quiet well.

    Parota suri and black pandi with there comic act bring the house down.

    Mainly the dialouges are good. Music by james vasanthan is above average. The D.O.P EDITING IS OK

    On the whole, Paagan is a simple light hearted. Vendhar Movies, have a winner on their hands! It will do a decent business in BC Centers. To A class audience plz go with an open mind. Do not look for logics.

  5. At the nub of Paagan is a cycle, literally film’s hero, which narrates the tale of its owner Subramani besotted with his machine and which become’s the co-conspirator in several of its owner’s tryst with rich quick trips he indulges in with his pals-in-crime Velliyangiri and Makali.

    The trio’s slew of hare-brained ideas to rip off gullibles with their trademark tricks turns into ticklish time.

    Their final coup de grace being Subramani romancing local bigwig’s lass Mahalakshmi to lay their hands on riches. How things turn topsy-turvy before tumbling towards final denouement forms the rest.

    The film’s rustic milieu and Aslam’s dialogues pep up the proceedings. While Srikanth hams his part and mis-cast, Janani is just pretty babe. Kovai Sarala is as loud as she can be.

    Soori and Pandi provide the stable comic vaudeville. Though the film builds up to breezy expectations, it however, peters into tame and trite finish. Still it’s fun for regulars at theatres.

    It’s a laugh riot with Paagan where comedy is the king and its proceedings hilarious. Of course, the film has its dull and dry moments. However, the overall feel of rib-tickling, scores over giving audiences mirthful moments at the movie.

  6. Comedy sells. ‘Paagan’ is one such film. It is a light-hearted take on a youth, who is obsessed with his bicycle. It is no nonsense stuff as debutant filmmaker Aslam has tried to weave a strong message through the flick.

    There are no shortcuts to success. Work hard and achieve your goal. This may sound a moral preaching. But thankfully, Aslam has laced it with impressive events to make it an interesting watch. The title may be little confusing, as Paagan means the caretaker of an elephant. But here the synonym for elephant is the male proganist’s bicycle. The intelligence of the filmmaker is visible as he chose to narrate the movie through the eyes of a bicycle.

    Srikanth, the ‘Nanban’ star, shoulders all the burden in ‘Paagan’. He lives the role of a simpleton youth Subramani. There is fun, anger, agony and anguish which Srikanth diplays well. But with his chocolate boy looks, he looks a little alien for the role at few places.

    Janani Iyer who impressed one and all with a superlative performance in ‘Avan Ivan’, seems to have continued it well here. At the same time, her character is too cliched restricting her scope to perform.

    Subramani (Srikanth) is a fun-loving youth. His life is his bicycle. He lives for and loves his bicycle the most. He wants to succeed in life in the quickest possible way with no hard labour. He along with his friends Velliyangiri (Paotta Suri) and Makali (Pandi) try to become rich. All their efforts get busted and also lands them in trouble.

    Now they plan a big one. That is to catch a big fish. The idea is to ensure that Subramani must fall in love with the local bigwig’s daughter Mahalakshmi (Janani Iyer), whose riches he would naturally inherit. They try to execute their plans. When things seems to go their way, all hell breaks loose and Subramani lands into bigger troubles.

    Srikanth should be thankful that there is no big mouthed dialogues or mass commercial elements that takes away the sheen form the story. He understands his character and gives his best. Parotta Suri is good and evokes laughter. A Venkatesh plays a cameo. Though appears in very few scenes, Kovai Sarala walks away with honours.

    James Vasanthan’s music is average with just a couple of hummable tunes. J Laxman’s cinematography is pleasant. He captures Thirupur and Pollachi bright and beautiful. Kevin’s editing is okay.

    ‘Paagan’ has its lacunae too. The second half is little draggy. The script at places provides a deja vu feel and lengthy dialogues mar the flow.

    In the end, ‘Paagan’ is a film that is entertaining in most parts.

  7. Romance with his bicycle

    Mohammad Aslam, who worked with Ameer and Cheran before has come out with a movie titled Paagan that speaks about a man and his love for his bicycle.

    Though it is a laugh-riot, it does serve some purpose. It is no mindless masala movie. It carries a strong message. It says in a lighter vein the need to work hard and earn money.

    Srikanth has given his best. He dazzles all through with a stupendous show. Be it anger or agony, he gives his best.
    Janani Iyer as his ladylove is apt for the role. She bonds well with her character. Soori and Pandi play the comedians and evoke laughter. Kovai Sarala’s comedy and A Venkatesh’s cameo are watchable.

    Set in a village, the movie begins well and proceeds well all through. Subramani (Srikanth) is a fun-loving youth who spends all his time with his friends Velliyangiri (Soori) and Makali (Pandi). They have pone motto in life – work never and earn ever. They use all short-cuts to make money but all ends in vain.

    Finally, the come out with a idea. Subramani decides to fall in love with the local bigwig’s (A Venkatesh) daughter Mahalakshmi (Janani Iyer), whose riches he would naturally inherit.

    When he proceeds with his plans, he meets with a lot of hurdles. Did he succeed or what happened in his life after that forms the rest.

    Music by James Vasanthan. A melody is nice to listen to. Sadly the background score could have been better. Mohammad Aslam has done his best considering this to be his first.

    All credit for a good, clean show.

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  9. Srikanth is smiling all the way thanks to the success of the recently released Paagan. The actor meanwhile is flooded with offers and is busy on a signing spree.
    His next venture will be Nambiar to be directed by a newcomer Ganesh. Further, it is said Srikanth would be part of a movie to be helmed by Arun Vaidyanathan of ‘Achamundu Achamundu’-fame.
    The actor said he was impressed with the way Arun Vaidyanthan had done that film and looked forward to working with him. It is said an official announcement will be made on 2 October.

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