Pandiya Nadu review

Pandianadu is a Indian action Tamil film directed by Suseenthiran and produced by Vishal.

The film features Vishal, Vikranth and Lakshmi Menon in the lead roles, while Bharathiraja and Soori are playing another pivotal roles.

The film has music composed by D. Imman. The film got U (Universal) certificate from CBFC.

Movie: Pandiya Nadu
Directed by Suseenthiran
Produced by Vishal
Written by Suseenthiran
Bhaskar Sakthi (dialogues)
Star Cast: Vishal as Sivakumar, Vikranth as Sethu, Lakshmi Menon as Malar, Bharathiraja as Kalyanasundaram, Soori, Sharath Lohitashwa as Simmakkal Ravi, Soma Sundaram, Baby Rakshana, Bava Lakshmanan, Harish
Music by D. Imman
Cinematography R. Madhi
Editing by Anthony
Studio Vishal Film Factory


Let’s hit it straight – Pandiya Nadu is interwoven with good screenplay, thrill and emotional elements that keep you engaged. Filmmaker Susintheeran picks a pinch of ‘Naan Mahaan Alla‘, a young man retaliating the pain of his loss. This time, he gets into a forceful action of bringing a heavy punch. The film marks the maiden debut of Vishal as producer and stars Lakshmi Menon opposite him in the female lead.

Shivakumar (Vishal) has a simple formula in life – lead a peaceful life and never get into trouble with thugs. His father (Bharathiraja) is a retired EB staff, his elder brother works as an inspection engineer, his beautiful girl (Lakshmi Menon) ready to marry him, his friends Sethu (Vikranth) and Soori and he has everything he asked for. Painful murders, pathetic loss and unbearable misery pushes Shivakumar to choose the way, he had ignored so far.

The story line is so simple and we have seen it many times onscreen. There are some good elements in the screenplay that deserves special mention for Susintheeran. The very prologue of this film, where director establishes the backdrops of story and the protagonist’s entry after 15-minute on the screen (a surprisal of introduction) is extraordinary. The first hour proceeds at a light pace and twist of pathos strike at intermission is a turning point. The vengeance act showcased in a normal method and an unexpected entry of father into this drama is a special treat. D Imman’s background score is a trenchant work and for sure, he has done a good job. The songs are picturized well and yes, Mathi has done a great job with his cinematography. Especially, the climax sequence has been shot with an excellent panache.


How about Vishal? He fits perfect to the role as an innocent guy and for the first time you see him proving his proficiency in his entire career. Lakshmi Menon looks beautiful, but her glam-appeal with costumes could have been avoided. Having crafted an engaging screenplay with interesting quotients, it is little disappointing to see Susintheeran place a ‘Kuthu‘ number in a critical situation, where the protagonist sets out to save a victim. Bharathiraja leaves us speechless and you’ll have tears rolling down the cheeks with his emotional acts. Thanks to Susintheeran for a brilliant casting.

Nevertheless, when you walk out of theatres, there is a complete fulfillment and of course the film deserves a good appreciation. Well, Vishal was so confident about his film in spite of two big releases hitting screens at the same time.

Finally, he stands out as a ‘BLACK HORSE‘ for this Diwali and we urge him and Susintheeran to come up with similar movies.

Verdict: The best of Vishal’s decade

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  1. Suseentharan is one among the very few of the current generation directors who makes a sincere effort to grapple with different genres. After the hard hitting  ‘Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer’ his new offering ‘Pandiya Nadu’ is a gripping action drama where he makes a definite impression again.


    A pretty straightforward story. An ordinary man whose life is affected by the dirty underworld – political nexus.He has nowhere to go but take on the baddies himself. A quite predictable storyline but one that is narrated neatly and most importantly without a compromise on the logic front.


    This is definitely one of Vishal’s best performances. Reading the plot you might have started wondering that Vishal is not new to this template of a one-man army seeking revenge. But kudos to Suseentharan for incorporating the timid nature to Vishal’s characterisation which makes the movie rise several notches up. Vishal shines in the romantic interludes with Lakshmi Menon who continues her impressive run. These portions in the first half with a nice tinge of humour work out remarkaby well. The climax fight sequence is another one in which our hero scores richly.

    Bharathiraja as the caring father hits the bulls eye with his restrained performance. Like in Suseentharan’s ‘Naan Mahan Alla’ the father – son relationship has been portrayed convincingly here too. Sharath Lohitashwa as the ruthless villain is very convincing. It is hard to imagine that he is the same person who played the naive father of Nadhitha in Edhirneechal.Soori makes a mark in what is more of a character role as Vishal’s friend. Guru Somasundaram plays Vishal’s brother. It takes a while to realize that he is the one who played the character Kaalayan in ‘Aaranya Kaandam’. Vikranth makes his presence felt even with very few scenes. His wide open eyes which has anger brewing in it communicates his character despite very few dialogues. He also looks supremely fit and this young man can surely make a mark if aided by proper scripts.

    Technical team:

    Imman is in such good form and Pandiya Nadu is another feather in his cap. All the songs are good. Their simple and neat presentation on screen also impresses. Madhi’s cinematography is an asset. The chase sequence in a bus terminus when Vishal is on the run and the climax action block give a live feel through his lens. The stunts are brilliantly choreographed with such raw feel.

    Kudos to Suseentharan:

    The most important aspect of Pandiya Nadu is that logic is never put in the back burner. Vishal who is timid in nature remains so till the end. He does not transform into a one man army whose punches send the henchmen flying. The climax action sequence is so cleverly done. The hero is shown  vulnerable even in this ultimate battle. Vishal’s body language in these scenes is top class. A lot of thought has gone into even small things that explain Vishal’s character. For example you would hardly find an action hero driving an Activa. Suseentharan deserves rich applause for such application of mind that is so often gone for a toss in most action flicks. The revealing of what what happened to Vikranth is disclosed at just the appropriate time and hence you are desperate to see Vishal strike a blow to the villains. And when this happens in an action flick it definitely strikes a chord with the audience. The emotional bonding between Vishal and Bharathiraja just before the end credits roll is brought out beautifully by both the actors with very few dialogues for assistance.


    Pandiya Nadu is a gripping action flick that gives great importance to emotions and logic.The hype about the film has been a little low key compared to it’s counterparts. It is up to the audience now to embrace this quality offering.

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