It is the Tamil remake of Malayalam blockbuster “Drishyam” starring Mohanlal and Meena. Jeetu Joseph, the creator of the original, has directed “Papanasam”. Kamal has given another exemplary performance which gives the impression that the film is his own and an original never existed. Apart from Kamal Haasan and Gauthami, Niveda Thomas, Esther Anil, Kalabhavan Mani, Asha Sarath and others are in the cast.
Technically sound cinematography by Sujith Vaassudev, M. Ghibran soothing music and Ayoob Khan’s sharp editing especially during the penultimate portions ‘Papanasam’ is powered by top production values.
Suyambu Lingam (Kamal Haasan) a cable operator in Papanasam district of Tirunelveli belt is father of two daughters played by Niveda Thomas (elder) and Esther Anil (younger). Lingam is a fourth grade dropout orphan married to Gautami. His family and movies make his small little beautiful world.
A shocking accident finds Lingam and his family on the other side of the law. IG police (Asha Sarath) smells something fishy and the local cop the corrupt constable Manikyam (Kalabhavan Mani) sees a golden opportunity to settle his pending rancor’s against the outspoken Lingham.
What follows is a roller costar pulse raising, heart rendering, uplifting and thrilling ride of a simpleton Lingham against the powerful lawmakers.
Performances are aces top to bottom. Kamal is simply superb. Lingham is another example that Kamal is India’s rare acting legend who can outstandingly conveys his character’s slide from simple innocent family man to a cold headed smart fox up against the powerful law to protect his family.
Gautami remarkably plays the picture of love, devotion and care as Lingam’s dutiful wife. Niveda Thomas as the elder sister plays the innocent girl trapped in unfortunate situations with heart and up to its task. Esther Anil as the younger daughter is cute and lovable.
Asha Sarath as the no nonsense IG top boss and a mother of a young boy captures the right nuances of a top brass cop and an extra caring mom.
Kalabhavan Mani is villainously wicked. Anant Mahadevan is perfect as the calm and composed husband of the tough IG. Lucky to feature in a scene with Kamal which is one of movie’s moving highlight.
It is a complete family entertainer, which keeps the audience on the edge of their seats with a thrilling… this is a must watch movie..by each and everyone …Dont miss it!