“Peechaankai”… A killer premise that should have resulted in a way-funnier film

Posted on June 15, 2017


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/peechankai-movie-review

I seem to be seeing Bresson everywhere. A couple of weeks back, we had Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu, where the donkey from Au Hasard Balthazar appeared to have reincarnated as a goat in southern Tamil Nadu, and now we have Peechankai (Left Hand), a film about a pickpocket. But unlike Oru Kidayin, there’s no resemblance other than the protagonist’s (played by RS Karthik) chosen profession. The film is actually a cheerful Soodhu Kavvum-type mix: black comedy plus slapstick thriller plus a dozen other “quirky” genre elements, played out between a dozen “quirky” characters. The quotes are to illustrate the difference between the movie in the director’s head and the one on screen.

Early on, S Muthu (he’s the protagonist, and the initial is essential; it allows a play on the name, as people call him Smooth-u) returns a wallet that falls from a man’s pocket. Why would he not hold on to it? He does, after all, pick pockets for a living. Ah, but he didn’t pick this pocket. This wallet is not the fruit of hard labour. The man thanks him, walks away, and then S Muthu picks his pocket. Even a thief, apparently, lives by principles. Peechankai could have used more humour in this flavour, but this flavour of humour merely makes us smile while the director, Ashok, wants to make us laugh.

Continued at the link above.

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