SUNDARAPANDIAN movie review: No masala elements, and still entertaining

Mon, September 17, 2012 5:55pm UTC by 3 Comments
SUNDARAPANDIAN movie review: No masala elements, and still entertaining

Actor-directors like K Bhagyaraj, R Parthiban and R Pandiarajan are not your typical Kollywood heroes. Fully aware of that, they came up with story-driven films that focused on human emotions rather than on mind-boggling heroics

Following in their footsteps is Sasikumar, actor, director and producer. His production venture Sundarapandian, in which he plays the lead role, speaks about love, valour, friendship and betrayal. And is set in the earthy Madurai milieu.

There are shades of his maiden directorial venture, Subramaniapuram in it, but strong characterisation and gripping narration make Sundarapandian fresh and watchable.

It is directed by Sasi’s associate, Prabhakar, and every frame bears the stamp of his mentor. The entertainer laced with romance and friendship proceeds smoothly and gets interesting as it nears completion. What begins as a usual commercial flick with song and dance, settles down to being a serious film after Sasikumar falls in love. Sasikumar, well aware of his strengths and limitations, has ensured that no mass elements creep into his characterisation and plays the boy-next-door to perfection. The catchy dialogues add pep to the proceedings.

In a nutshell, it is a simple tale of innocence and friendship. What happens when a girl enters the lives of the friends forms the crux of the story. Sundarapandian (Sasikumar) is the only son of a rich landlord who is admired by one and all. His friend falls in love with Archana (Lakshmi Menon), the daughter of a powerful man in Usilampatti, Sundarapandian does everything to ensure she accepts his friend’s proposal, even though he and Archana have been drawn to each other before. As it happens, she falls for him again. A murder in their midst is a turning point and the blame falls on Sundarapandian, who goes to jail. When Sundarapandian returns from jail and prepares to marry Archana, there are other twists and a bloody climax.

Sasikumar lends substance to the role and looks fit, having shed some weight since his last on screen appearances. His comic timing is an added bonus. Lakshmi Menon as Archana has delivered a mature performance. Appu Kutty fails to impress here and the likes of Inigo, Vijay Sethupathy and Parotta Suri chip in with their best.

The songs by Raghunanthan are unexceptional, but his background score makes up for it. Prem Kumar’s cinematography captures Usilampatti and the surrounding villages well. Sundarapandian is an honest attempt and all credit to Prabhakar for coming up with a commercial entertainer that strikes a chord with the audience.

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  • Malini Srinivas

    A disappointing script, except for the cousin of the hero and heroine, no other character is worth mentioning.The location is good, it is pleasing to see the heroine in half saree.

  • Kumar

    Very……….Nice Movie Sasi Thank u for your good movie again and again

  • Jayaram

    ஹீரோயசம் இல்லாமல் இந்த படம் எடுதமிக்காக சசிகுமாருக்கு பாராட்டுக்கள். மேலும் இன்னும் கிராமங்களில் உயிர் உள்ளது என்பதை இந்த படம் எடுத்துக்காட்டுகிறது. மேலும் சசிகுமார் ஒவ்வொரு படத்திலும் நண்பர்கள் காதல் போன்ற அற்புதம் நிறைந்த நம் வாழ்க்கையில் நடைபெற்ற சம்பவங்களி கோர்த்து படம் தருகிறார். பாராட்டுக்கள். ஆனால் இந்த படத்தில் இசைக்கு இன்னும் கவனிப்பு அளித்து இருக்கலாம். இசை ஒன்றைதவிர மற்ற அனைத்தும் சூப்பர்.


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