Sasikumar's Sundarapandian Movie Review
Sundarapandian marks the debut of Director Prabhakaran, who was a former associate to Sasikumar. Sasikumar has not only acted but has also produced this film. The film has all elements like friendship, love, vengeance, backstabbing, family values and much more. The movie would definitely remind you of Sasikumar's earlier ventures Subramaniapuram and Nadodigal.
The movie is set in rural milieu and revolves around Sundarapandian (Sasikumar). He is a happy-go-lucky guy and is always seen with friends. When he tries to help his friend in love, he is drawn into many problems. Many of his friends turn against him. Will his friends understand him or will they take revenge against him? Watch the film to know the answer.
Sasikumar has taken a role in his comfort zone and he has performed effortlessly. Needless to say, he scores when he delivers dialogues on friendship. But, one might also feel that he is getting stereotyped with similar kind of roles. Sasikumar has given his best.
Lakshmi Menon is a good find for Tamil industry. She looks homely and is expressive. In the second half, she has some emotional scenes and comes out in flying colours. We could look forward to see more of her in Prabu Solomon’s Kumki, which is going to hit the screens soon. Soori does manage to evoke laughter with his witty one liners. He seems to get better with each film. Vijay Sethupathy has done a neat job and rest of the cast are good in their roles.
Ragunanthan's music suits the screenplay but the songs fail to impress. Among songs, ‘Rekkai Mulaiththen' alone is hummable. Cinematography by Premkumar gives the right tone for the movie. The close-up shots of Sasikumar are well executed indeed.
Having worked with Sasikumar, Director Prabhakaran is deeply influenced by his mentor's narrative and making style. The first half travels with friends and is fun filled while the second half moves rather seriously with family values. There are powerful dialogues in the film just as in any other Sasikumar's film. For instance, the dialogue 'Kuthunadhu nanbana irundha setha kuda solla kudadhu' makes a mark.
It is difficult to avoid the deja vu feeling. The second half has plenty of long drawn sequences and the preachy climax looks similar to the one in Nadodigal.
In spite of few flaws, ‘Sundarapandian’ is a clean family entertainer that has all the commercial elements intact. Go watch it.
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