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Padhavi Paduthum Paadu

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By: By Moviebuzz

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Monday 6 June 2005

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Movie Title

Padhavi Paduthum Paadu

Director

Ramalingam

Star Cast

Ranjith, Anamika, Ravichandran, Illavarasu

Padhavi Paduthum Paadu (PPP) was supposed to be a satire on late forest brigand Veerappan and how he managed to make successive governments dance to his tunes. But the film is a damp squib, as the writer-director Ramalingam and his script writer ?Thuglaq? Sathya loses focus and makes it a potboiler.

?PPP? had all the essential thread to become an engrossing tale as there are caricatures of actual people who were the official negotiators with Veerappan during many of his kidnap dramas. The magazine editor with bar moustache, the Tamil fundamentalist leader and well-known politician who switches alliance frequently are all caricatured as mere cartoons. Added to that, the brigand character here wants to save the people from corrupt politicians and the system, a little too far fetched!

Malayappan (Ranjit) is a forest brigand who kidnaps a former Chief Minister Tamizharasan (Ravichandran) and demands a huge ransom through a fly-by-night operator and newspaper editor Sathappan. The current Chief Minister in a way is happy that his arch-political rival has been kidnapped by Malayappan and is in no mood to negotiate! Meanwhile Tamizharasan using his clout at the centre gets general amnesty for Malayappan, who now gets a government bungalow and all other facilities given to a minister! Malayappan now forms a party after seeing the machinations of the politicians who are selfish and corrupt. His party wins and Malayappan is sworn in as the Chief Minister while the corrupt politicians unite to teach him a lesson. How he exposes them to the people and his way of jungle justice forms the rest of the story.

On the acting front, everyone goes overboard and does their ham act even Ranjit as Malayappan is loud. Anamika as Malayappan?s wife has nothing much to do other than dance and show glamour in a couple of lewd songs. Manivannan as ?Ayya Ram Gaya Ram? politician is the most impressive of the lot. Ravichandran and ?Pyramid? Natarajan as two warring politicians are adequate. All in all, a disappointing venture as screenplay and direction goes haywire as the dialogue writer and director does far too much political pontification.

Verdict: Avoidable