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"Naan Mahan Alla", "Kireedam" & "Sundarapandian"
Suseenthiran's low profile film "Pandiya Naadu" has actor Vishal, who takes on the producer's role for the first time. Bharathiraja makes a comeback after a long absence from acting.
Sivakumar (Vishal), a simple innocent guy who occasionally stammers, works for a mobile service centre. He falls in love with school teacher Malar (Lakshmi Menon) who happens to be living in same community. One day, Sivakumar's brother, an honest government employee is killed by the local gangster (Sharath Lohitashwa) for exposing illegal mining activities. Both Sivakumar and his father, Kalyanasundaram (Bharathiraja) plans to take down the villain using any means without both knowing each other's plan. How they rise up and hit back at the villain forms the rest of the story.
After "Avan Ivan", Vishal delivers his most appealing role to date. As the soft and gentle-mannered man in the first half and turning into an action hero in the second half, he carries out his actions with a quiet confidence. Lakshmi Menon impresses us with her simple role that suits her personality well. Soori as the hero's sidekick is commendable. Vikranth makes a brief role that demands a lively performance. Sharath Lohithaswa as the menacing villain is noteworthy. Bharathiraja is perfect as Vishal's father and delivers a touching performance in the second half. The relationship between the two is beautifully defined in the end.
Mathi's camerawork, Anal Arasu's stunts and D.Imman's music are the main highlights of the film and goes well with the mood of the film. "Fy fy fy" and "Yealey" are the two numbers worth listening and watching. Suseenthiran has reinvented the revenge formula in a logical manner and earns appreciation for not taking the audience for granted with over-the-top heroics. The well-written script and extraordinary performances by the cast have worked wonders for the film. The bus station scene, where hero saves his father and guessing game still the end are interesting. On whole, "Pandiya Naadu" is an engaging thriller worth watching.Cinema Online, 04 November 2013