Padai Veeran review: Average rural drama on caste wars
Director tries to convey a solid message on the caste-based issues that exists in the south TN through the eyes of an ex-army man and a newly recruited cop.
Friday 2 February 2018
Vijay Yesudas, Bharathiraja, Amritha
Debutant director Dhana has tried to convey a solid message on the caste-based issues that exists in the South Tamil Nadu through the eyes of an ex-army man and a newly recruited cop.
Munishwaran (Vijay Yesudas) is a vagabond, a village ruffian who lives for non-vegetarian food and alcohol. When Munishwaran takes an old woman to the police station, he comes to know that people have high respect for cops. Muneeswaran decides to make easy money by joining the police department as there is free booze, food and power as extra bonus!!
Munishwaran’s uncle, Krishnan (Bharathiraja), an ex-army man bribes the higher officials and get him the job. After his training, Munishwaran returns back to his village to know that a caste war breaks out with the neighboring village. He also comes to know that his own kith and kin has brutally killed an innocent girl for their caste pride. So he decides to teach them a lesson.
Vijay Yesudas is earnest in Padai Veeran, he has come a long way from his debut film Maari. His hard work and effort is unbelievable. Bharathiraja’s seasoned performance is another major attraction. Debutant heroine Amritha too shines with her cute raw village look and bubbly screen presence.
The first half of Padai Veeran moves at a leisure pace with the needless detailing on the jobless gang of Vijay Yesudas and their friendship. The main plot of the film begins only in the second half with the honor killing and existence of caste pride in the villages of Tamil Nadu. The climax is definitely a shocker which is unpredictable and the message is also quite relevant and strong.
Being a former associate of Mani Ratnam, we can see his master’s influence in Dhana's shot division. On the downside, Dhana did not have anything new to say as caste wars in south Tamil Nadu has been told several times. It is only the presentation that stands out. Overall, Padai Veeran is an average rural drama with an emotionally moving climax and is a socially responsible message.
Padai Veeran review:Verdict: Average rural drama
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dulquer salmaan @dulQuer
OMG so so excited and proud !! Check out Vju killing it as a leading man in #Padaiveeran !! https://youtu.be/_1i8LRUt4nI @IAMVIJAYYESUDAS
Prashanth Rangaswamy @itisprashanth
Conveying a message without being a message /Preachy movie is hard. But this movie has managed to do that almost. The effort and the intention behind making such a movie MUST be lauded. Kudos @IAMVIJAYYESUDAS and team !
It was a delight to watch my dear Machan @IAMVIJAYYESUDAS in #PadaiVeeran As he shines in both shades given to his character and needless to say about Bharathiraaja Sir gigantic screen presence. Wishing the team my best. #KillPiracy
Kaushik LM @LMKMovieManiac
#Padaiveeran -A strong message based rural film (Theni setting) showcasing caste tension, honor killings, communal riots. @IAMVIJAYYESUDAS has improved leaps and bounds as an actor, with 2 varying shades. Heroine Amritha is cute. Veteran Bharathiraja has a key part too. @dhana236
Ramesh Bala @rameshlaus
#PadaiVeeran : A good village based movie that deals with caste conflict.. Romance and action.. Stunning climax..
@IAMVIJAYYESUDAS , #BharathiRaja and #Amritha have done well..
If u r a fan of village / Southern TN based movies, u may like it..
Haricharan Pudipeddi @pudiharicharan
#Padaiveeran: A rural drama that explores the ugly side of caste and honour, in a hard-hitting but not quite effective way, through the eyes of @IAMVIJAYYESUDAS, who is at ease in a role that's very unlike him. Debutante Amritha leaves a mark.
#Padaiveeran - A film on honor killing and caste-based issues in Theni district. Bharathiraja has given a commendable performance, @Iamvijayyesudas has come a long way from his acting debut in Maari.