The emotional drama revolves around a landlord (Jayaprakash), his wife (Tulasi), driver Murugesan (Vijay Sethupathi), his assistant Peeda Peruchaazhi (Bala), a stranger (Attakathi Dinesh) and a Premiere Padmini.
By the time, Arun Kumar started his translation of this short film into full length feature, the ‘short film’ become a magic word. He is the latest arrival to this bandwagon and of course his short film with the same title was indeed an engrossing one. But on the process of conversion, he has completely strayed away from the original one. But his earnest effort to bring forth the emotions through the characters becomes the winning card. But the central protagonist here – The Premiere Padmini lacks life. All these characters strive as a pacemaker to vitalise it, but the efforts go in vain.
Genuinely Jayaprakash is sure to have his name listed in award ceremonies. Tulasi prompts us for moist eyes, smiling lips and she outmatches any of her mother-league actors in town. Arun deserves a peck on his cheeks from all dads ‘n’ moms for embellishing a beautiful love story. We loved it completely…. But on the flip side, he turns fallible creating a parallel love story for Vijay Sethupathi-Ishwarya. It’s completely unwanted to the script and this girl has nothing but blinking her eyes in village attires. Bala evokes huge laughter with his ‘Bad Luck’ encounters. Attakathi Dinesh has a fantastic flashback as kid and his dream accomplished (though silly for many eyes, a dream is a dream for us all) is a good stroke. But as mentioned earlier, ‘Padmini Car’ remains as an object and in spite of Justin Prabhakar trying to give it a life with more heart beats, it fails to get ennobled as a character.
Shot in aesthetic style of filmmaking (thanks to Arun for avoiding the crazy ‘5D’ camera fever), the locations and colours are savoured at its best. Songs and background score by Justin is appreciable.
Perhaps, Vijay Sethupathi is a crowd-puller for ‘Pannaiyarum Padminiyum’, but the film doesn’t help his graph touch next level.
Vijay Sethupathi, next time please don’t disappear in your films or else please credit your name as ‘NATPUKKAAGA VIJAY SETHUPATHI’.
Pannaiyarum Padminiyum is a melodrama that runs on multi-dimensional steering of different characters. But tell us one thing!! How far in the recent times you have watched a film without the Header – Smoking and Drinking is injurious to health? If you’re likely to watch a clean family entertainer, join this drive of Padmini.
Verdict: A beautiful drive, but with speed breakers.
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