“Pa Paandi”… An uneven film whose flaws are overcome by a fine closing stretch

Posted on April 15, 2017


Spoilers ahead…

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For the second time in as many weeks, we get a lead character that’s new to Tamil cinema. The protagonist of Pa Paandi, written and directed by Dhanush, is introduced like a ‘mass’ hero. The camera assumes his vantage as he strolls down his neighbourhood and greets a number of people. Then it turns 180 degrees and reveals his face. Later, he gets a ‘mass’ song-and-dance sequence (Sean Roldan’s rousing Oru soorakathu; the entire album is sensational). He gets an action sequence where he lays waste goons half his age. And when push comes to shove, he slips into a leather jacket and takes off on his Bullet. So what’s new, you ask? He’s 64 years old. Meet Pa Paandi (Rajkiran), our first sexagenarian biker dude.

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