Starcast: Kamal Hassan, Gautami
Director: Jeethu Joseph
Cinematography: Sujith Vaassudev
Editing: Ayoob Khan
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
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.
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.
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