Pattathu Yaanai review

Pattathu Yaanai is a 2013 Tamil film directed by Boopathy Pandian and produced by Michael Rayappan.

The film features Vishal and Aishwarya Arjun in the lead roles with Santhanam playing a supporting role.

Music was composed by Thaman, and the film released on July 26, 2013 alongside with its Telugu dubbed version Dheeradu.

Movie: Pattathu Yaanai
Directed: Boopathy Pandian
Produced: Michael Rayappan
Star Cast: Vishal as Saravanan, Aishwarya Arjun as Aishwarya, Santhanam as Poongavanam / Gouravam, Jagan, John Vijay, Ajay, Murali Sharma, Seetha, Mayilsamy, Pattimandram Raja, Vada Poche Sarithiran, Karthik Sabesh
Music: Thaman, Sabesh-Murali (bgm)
Cinematography: S. Vaithy
Editing: AL Ramesh
Studio: Global Infotainment Pvt Ltd
Distributed: Michael Rayappan, Vishal


Nothing seems to be different from Boopathy Pandian as his latest offering Pattathu Yaanai is yet another commercial potboiler in his own style. To make it simple, it’s a stereotypical Hero Vs Baddie and a girl remains to be the major cause for this conflict. Lets say, it’s a modified version of Vishal-Boopathy’s previous film Malaikottai that was deliberately made with the attempt of mixing humour with action.

Set in backdrops of Karaikudi, Gauravam (Santhanam) is a cook taking up catering orders. He has a 5-team member – Saadha Saravana (Vishal), Dosa Mani, Pongal Kumar, etc. Situations shift them to Trichy, where Saravana falls in love with a school-going teen Aishwarya (Aishwarya) at first sight. Things break loose out of hell as the confrontations begin between two gangs and what turns out to be more shocking is Saravana’s past in Madurai.

As mentioned earlier, Boopathy Pandian completely sticks to his ritual formulae of adding humour and action throughout the film. The first half completely belongs to Santhanam as his non-stop comedy sequence pulls you through the roller coaster laughter. In fact, he carries the entire first half (approximately 90mins) on his shoulders. But it’s a big disappointment to see him go miss in the second hour, but Boopathy Pandian uses his old technique of transforming the baddies into comedians. The prototyped narration of predictable screenplay diminishes your interest.


Vishal‘s underplayed performance in the first half giving more space for other actors is a justice to script, but his back-to-action pavillion doesn’t hold us intact. Vishal enjoying his life even after a serious past and there is no sense of emotional bond in him. Apparently, why couldn’t a powerful Kingpin leaves his prey from own territory and goes chasing after him after three years is an illogical factor.

Aishwarya Arjun could have gone for a better debut and she doesn’t carry more than 10 lines of dialogues in the entire film. She has to exert a lot of effort in expressions and body language. Santhanam is the showstopper and others in the cast like Jagan, John Vijay, Murali Sharma perform well to perfection. Vada Poche Sarithiran remains dumb throughout the film and he seems to have been purposely added for the sake of attraction.

First Look of Vishal-Pattathu Yaanai-posters

On the technical front, S Thaman’s musical score is okay with a couple of songs scoring high. The cinematography by Vaithy is quite appreciable.

Overall, Pattathu Yaanai carries the trace of Vishal’s previous films. It looks like humour and action should have been the top priority of Boopathy Pandian and he fails to impress us with an engaging screenplay. But if you’ve decided to watch this film, just get-in-and-get-out without thinking twice about it.

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  1. Action Star Vishal in the lead, Action King Arjun Sarja’s daughter Aishwarya makes her debut, acclaimed director, Boopathy Pandian’s film – but all that fails to impact. Director Boopathy Pandian is well known for his active screen play, which carries even a monotonous story in an interesting manner. Falling flat in the same old mould of Tamil cinemas, the story gets predictable after the first two scenes. However, the director has made his best efforts to keep the story lively.

    This is Vishal’s second release for this year, and he proves yet again that he is a class action hero. Santhanam is a caterer, proudly following the traditions handed over to him by his father and forefathers. Though hilarious, this time his comedy fails to tickle the funny bone, probably because his cast strictly follows the rule to keep up with the main story. Further, his accent lacks intonation at most places, which makes it feel like too much time has passed by. Vishal and his friends, who are cooks by profession, agree to work under the master chef Santhanam, which is where the story begins.

    Aishwarya is a charming actress whose confidence is clear in her eyes and the way she carries herself. But her beauty seems to be deliberately suppressed to make her look appealing for the role. And as it always happens, the hero spots her in a crowd and falls instantly in love with her. After a little of humour and action, the actress comes to know about the hero’s feelings for her, which is when love blooms in her. Aishwarya, who carries the same name on screen too, is potentially a highly talented actress, whose acting forte has not been given much room in this film. But wherever she happens, she does justice to the story.

    There are two rowdy gangs which are eternally at loggerheads with each other in Trichy, and one more bad guy enters the scene from Madurai. The heroine’s father gets into trouble with the villain and the villain’s ally likes the heroine. What transformed Vishal from a simple, calm man to a seething and powerful hero, how good wins over evil and how the heroine ends up meritorious in her high school exam and Santhanam finally realizes the dream that he set out with, forms the whole movie.

    Other than Santhanam, there is also Mayilsamy who fills the gaps with hearty laugh. Though intelligently carried, there is a crude mismatch in the dubbing, which is especially painfully apparent in almost every alternate shot in the first half. All said and done, ‘Pattathu Yaanai’ is the same old wine. If you have to consider the exclusion of Chennai city in the story, casting the heroine as a high school girl, instead of a college student and villain gang with a light sense of humour, then it is old wine in new bottle.

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