Papanasam Movie Review

Starcast: Kamal Hassan, Gautami
Director: Jeethu Joseph
Cinematography: Sujith Vaassudev
Editing: Ayoob Khan
Composer: Ghibran
Singer: Sundar Narayana Rao, Malavika Anilkumar
Lyricist: Na Muthukumar
Producer: Suresh Balaje, George Pius, Rajkumar Sethupathi, Sripriya Rajkumar
Banner: Wide Angle Creations & Rajkumar Theatres Pvt Ltd

Actor Kamal Haasan and Director Jeethu Joseph in Papanasam Movie Stills
Actor Kamal Haasan and Director Jeethu Joseph in Papanasam Movie Stills

Nothing can over beat a film that ardently has the favour of Kamal Hassan. Last time, he precisely proved the unproved theory of rarity – Outperforming the original through ‘Unnai Pol Oruvan’, a remake of blockbuster trendsetting Bollywood movie ‘A Wednesday’. The film happened to be a surprise hit, where everything came perfect with emotions. Kamal Haasan has been someone who could easily move us in tears and bind us emotionally, while playing a father’s role. It was so much evident in his yesteryear movies like Mahanadhi,Indian and the recent one – Uttama Villain.

Well, everyone knows about ‘Papanasam’ and preferably, by now before walking into theatres for this show, everyone would have watched its original version ‘Drishyam’, which was a blockbuster hit transcending Malayalam cinema to the next level.

The film is about a happy family with picture perfect life. Though reluctant to spend money for his family and a complete money-saving person, Kamal Haasan, a not so educated person plays a good family head. His loveable wife (Gowthami) might not be addicted to his ethics, but cannot stop loving him incessantly and his daughters (Nivedha Thomas and Esther). Everything looks good and contended for the family, until a mishap is encountered by Nivedha Thomas during her educational tour and this changes the entire life. It’s now between the intelligent police and this uneducated man. As they wildly get into the process of investigation, he always remains a step ahead of them leaving them clueless.

Actor Kamal Haasan, Charlie and Actress Gouthami in Papanasam Movie Stills
Actor Kamal Hassan and Actress Gouthami in Papanasam Movie Stills

The basic plot and narrative style of Jeethu Joseph is indeed a major plus that would eventually gain the best credits irrespective of who the star-cast is. Apparently, with Kamal Haasan on the board, there is no doubt; it would surely have its elevation. Although, the Tirunelveli dialect seems to be forcefully pushed into the film to show the difference from the original and rest of the remake versions, end of the show, it doesn’t stand out to be a hurdle. But this could have been avoided indeed. The film’s length almost extends approximately to 180 minutes, but doesn’t irk or bore us anywhere. It’s been a long time we saw such an intriguing thriller, where there is no room for action sequences, but the dramatic events that keep us on edge of the seats. It brings a new age thriller like Antony Hopkins’ ‘Fracture’ and this of course is a brilliant attempt of Jeethu Joseph. Coming up with others in the cast, Gowthami might not appeal as fresh and convincing as Meena, but she is okay. Nivedha Thomas is good in emoting precisely as her role demands and her highlighting trait is not imitating the girl who played the role in original version. Baby Esther is a stud of surprise. Asha Sharath is someone who stands out equally as powerful as Kamal Haasan and their confrontational episodes are awesome. The first half actually doesn’t carry anything in specialty for its completely confines to the nativity and lifestyle of the down south, but incisively it’s the second half that keeps us hooked.

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Background score by Ghibran enhances the complete visual drama of this film and he scores brownie points more in this aspect than the songs. Cinematography is brilliant and it’s appealing to see the film set in the backdrops of dew capped mountains and misty spaces.

The film’s momentum actually gains during the post-intermission sequences and by the end, you’ve no options but to stand up and give a stunning applause to the entire team, especially Jeethu Joseph for not compromising with any changes to the original script and Kamal Haasan has evidently restricted himself with the acting part and not interfering in the script works.

Verdict: Well crafted remake with nuance performance of Kamal Haasan

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  1. Kamal Haasan starring Papanasam is about a happy going middle-class family and how a shocking incident turns their life upside down.

    The movie begins by showcasing a happy family living a peaceful life in a small town called Papanasam, Thanjavur district. Suyambu Lingam, played by Kamal Haasan is an honest husband and a caring father with his wife and two pretty daughters lives in a good old small house.

    His only restriction will be on money as he does not allow his family not to spend even a single penny beyond their basic necessities. For their living, Kamal runs a cable TV business. Other than spending time with his family, he spends most of his time in office watching movies.

    All of a sudden, his family comes across a sudden shocking incident that, Kamal Haasan’s elder daughter falls victim to today’s technology handled by a wrong person, a cinematic twist ensues changing the film from a family drama to a well written sleek thriller.

    As a result of an aftermath, Kamal Haasan’s family gets entangled in a difficult situation. When they decide to stand against it, they realize that the issue they’re up against is more than what meets the eye.

    Kamal handle that situation is the second part of the story which is narrated in an interesting thrilling manner.

    Kamal Haasan as the head of the family has taken a perfect common man’s outfit. The legendary actor has taken a new avatar. His Tirunelveli accent is simply amazing. It may be his costumes, his walking style, his dialogue delivery, his each and every move gets thundering claps from the audiences. The insatiable actor has proved himself once again.

    Gautami on the other hand has done a perfect role. Being a comeback movie, we can see a great transform in her acting. As a wife and mother, she has done an amazing role. This movie is sure to bring her a fame and popularity.

    The two daughters of Kamal have done a genuine job to their roles. In all moments, may it be happiness, fear or sadness; they have made a wonderful performance just with their facial expressions.

    Director Jeethu Joseph has done a marvellous job. Every scene was directed carefully with utmost care. The director has handled the suspense and thriller elements in a very interesting manner. Music is an essential element in any thriller movie. Especially the background score. Ghibran has done an excellent job in this movie.

    Papanasam is a good family thriller entertainer. A must watch movie for all.

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