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Lives upto the original

It is a welcome relief to see an edge of the seat thriller in Tamil without resorting to hasty screenplay, abbreviated dialogues, forced characterization, abrupt editing, loud background scores among many other commercial compromises. The director deserves credit for making a nail-biting crime drama...(more)

Source: Moviecrow, MovieCrow


Stunning performances, thrills, brilliant story packed with relatable and true emotions - That's Papanasam

All credits to director Jeethu Joseph and his team of writers, for a brilliant tale and for extracting the best from each member of the team. Papanasam is an honest remake with every bit of element retained to its full strength.(more)

Source: Editorial Board, Behindwoods.com


Outstandingly Brilliant

Jeethu Joseph's sticks to the Indian desi roots and takes a bafflingly gratifying non-genre tack, concentrating on intensity and brilliant scene build up without losing any steam out from the drama and emotions it encounters during its process. Making it a uniquely different individual thriller that...(more)

Source: Editorial Board, IndiaGlitz.com


A World-Class Actor's Date With An Extra-Ordinary Script

We all know that Papanasam is a winning script and retaining Jeethu Joseph has helped immensely. But when a performer called Kamal Haasan takes up such a project, magic on screen is rest assured.(more)

Source: Avinash Gopinath, One India


Spectacular thriller interwoven with emotions

Jeethu Joseph has not made any changes to the original script but has taken the help of dialogue writer that adds some sort of humour. The characterisations and moreover the casting of actors brings forth a great impact. Screenplay is the major strength of this film and it holds the complete power o...(more)

Source: Top 10, Top10Cinema


Papanasam is a faithful remake of Drishyam with an authentic local flavor and more detailing from the original

Drishyam was perhaps one of the tightest scripts in Indian cinema but Papansam is also impeccable and it is note worthy that Jeethu Joseph has corrected all those unidentifiable minor logic loopholes in the remake which indeed gives a fresh feel to the audience who have already seen the original. (more)

Source: Moviebuzz, Sify.com


Kamal Haasan's back as we once knew him

The directorial touch of Joseph is seamless. The story and script are his as well. A must watch for those fans of Kamal who have been waiting to see him as an actor not just a star driven to stunts and, of course, Gauthami, who would certainly rekindle memories of her great performances.(more)

Source: Gautaman Bhaskaran, Hindustan Times


Papanasam is a worthy remake of Drishyam

Joseph repeats many of his cast members like Asha Sarath as IG Geetha and reveals a better understanding of her anguish than in Drishyam.And then there is Kamal Haasan. Mohanlal set the bar unreachably high but a valiant Haasan gives it his own fresh take.He brings in his knowledge as a filmmaker wh...(more)

Source: Sukanya Verma, Rediff.com

User Reviews


Jaswanth Jayapaul

One of the best ever acting of kamal hasan. After a long time it's nice to see an awesome acting from kamal. A must see movie gowthsmi's acting was good. (more)


Gowtham Viswanath

Papanasam emerges to be more than a remake. Scenarios like this are a rare one. The Director crafted the writing well to make it better, and well, he more likely succeeded in it. The detailing has very negligible measure of mismatches which won't affect the perfect flow of this strong thriller. 3.... (more)


Sivaruban Thayalarajah

Brilliant movie with great performances. One of the best movies of the year. (more)


Karthi Messi

one of the best remake in recent times one of the best remake in recent times one of the best remake in recent times (more)


Arun Sundar

Nice time pass film.Not logically perfect but much enjoyable.BGM impressive.Kamal good comeback after the disaster Uthama Villain ,Niveda Thomas was very good.Great Gauthami.Good Screenplay but not consistently engaging.Anyways hats off to Jeethu Joseph. (more)


Vasanth Raj

chance less performance from kamal sir. enna padam ya idhu. climax la kamal rocked. other castings also good. Syuambulingam nellai slang is a treat. Must watch !! (more)

BO Report World Wide

Country 2nd Weekend 3rd Weekend Opening Weekend
USA ($) 85356.00 16796.00 205000.00
UK (€ ) 25014.00 6540.00 32059.00
Malaysia (MYR) --- --- 233178.00
Australia (A$) 46685.00 7512.00 67933.00

Music Tracks

No. Song Title Lyric Writer Performer(s) Listen here
1 “Yeya En Kottikkaaraa” Na Muthukumar Sundar Narayana Rao, Malavika Anilkumar Listen
2 “Vinaa Vinaa” Na Muthukumar Hariharan Listen