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Pirivom Santhippom - Review

Written by: By: Settu Shankar
Published: Friday, January 18, 2008, 10:08 [IST]

Karu. Pazhaniyappan, one of the directors with rare ideas of film making, once again comes out with a perfect family drama, but without any commercial compromising. There are no larger than life characters in the film. All the characters are practical but at the same time positive with humanity.

According to the story, the hero belongs to a huge joint family, while the heroine is a single-child, always surrounded by her close friends. She also aspires to live in a big joint family with the close relatives all the time. Fortunately or unfortunately, both are joined in marriage that arranged by their parents.

After entering into Cheran's home, Sneha enjoys her moment with the affectionate family members. But Cheran starts

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longing for some privacy with his wife. Eventually, Cheran gets promoted and transferred to Attakatti, a beautiful hill area in Walparai as an Executive Engineer for a hydro-electrical project. Cheran is very happy on this transfer development, whereas Sneha is a bit troubled. At a stage, Sneha gets sick with mental disorder but she couldn't know the problem she has. How Cheran solves her problem is the remaining crisp climax.

Karu Pazhaniyappan very cleverly begins the film and the first half really seems like a fantastic family fair, which makes everyone to feel the base of the story. The initial scenes of the film are portrayed well and help to understand the different family set up of the lead pair. But after the interval, the film becomes very slow and some of the songs really become the test for viewer's patience. In many places, the film looks like a mega serial and forces audience to go for a smoke.

The heroine's loneliness has been etched out very well in scenes, where she pulls up conversation with the electrician, TV mechanic and the dhobi-woman and in scenes, where she listens to the taped voices and sounds to thwart the feeling of desolation.

For Sneha it is really a big film in her career. Her role will be talked about for a long time to come. She uses her eyes very effectively to emote and express her inner feelings. Cheran has done the role with ease. But in some scenes, it seems that the actor should improve his dialogue delivery and facial expressions.

Jayaram plays a cameo role in this film and he simply steals the show as the doctor. Every village must have this kind of doctors for the sake of the people. MS Bhaskar, super good Laxman, Ilavarasu and Ganja Karuppu are impressive as the support cast.

Saravanan's Editing, MS Prabhu's photography and Rajeevan's Art direction are really major plus to the film. But there is nothing impressive and no catchy numbers in Vidhyasaagar's music. The dialogues are well conceptualized and written. Overall, it is a fresh approach to give meaningful cinema with the backdrop of Joint family a backbone of Tamil culture.

Verdict: Good!

Credits:

Cast: Cheran, Sneha, Jayaram, Kanja Karuppu, Ilavarasu, M.S.Baskar, Sangeetha, Rajalakshmi etc.
Music: Vidhyasaagar
Camera: M.S.Prabhu
Written&Directed by: Karu. Pazhaniyappan
Producer: Gnanam Films

Topics: sneha, cheran, pirivom santhippom
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