A different stroke from debut team
IMPRESSIVE TREATMENT: Narain and Bhavna in Chithiram Paesudhadi
Storyline: The rugged terrain that a thug and a fragile young woman traverse.
Bottomline: Known heroes or new faces, it's the screenplay that matters.
A near-new star cast, a debut-making director and a first time composer enter the arena together to offer some worthy fare in Dreambridge Productions Private Limited's `Chithiram Paesudhadi' (U/A). The promos had given the impression that this could be a different attempt. The surmise proves right.
Thiru (Narain) is a henchman and true to profession, a live wire who is irked very easily. Charu (Bhavna) crosses the angry but good-hearted Thiru's path, after which life takes a U turn.
You had earlier seen Narain in `Four the People.' With powerful eyes, constant scowl and subdued expressions (In fact, his performance is too controlled at times.) Narain makes a noteworthy entry in a dominant role. Petite Bhavna as the loquacious Charu is an apt foil for the quiet Thiru. A compulsive do-gooder who has no time for insensitive folks, the character of the heroine is a thoughtfully etched one. In fact, most of the characters, including the `Chithiram' herself, howl a lot in `Chithiram Paesudhadi.' Each of the three friends of Thiru has been given distinct characteristics that you see both the humane and humorous side of the henchmen. Credit goes to Mishkin. The well-maintained suspense is a highpoint of `Chithiram Paesudhadi.' And thankfully there's no digression in the form of a comedy track. But Annachi, (`Kadhal' Dandapani) the don, is an inexcusable cliché, though he is slightly softer than the rest of his ilk. And Malavika's item number is an unwarranted aberration. Do you need the song (Gana Ulaganathan) or the sequence in an otherwise smoothly moving story?
The underworld kingpin operates in the guise of a wholesale fruit merchant and that gives scope for an ambience very different from the ones you are used to. (A. Amaran is the art director.) Coupled with cinematographer Mahesh Muthuswami's appealing lighting and imaginative angles, many of the shots are a visual delight. First time composer Sundar C. Babu comes out with a few melodic pieces in `Chithiram ... '
A well-conceived story, interesting twists, intelligent treatment and subtle humour make `Chithiram Paesudhadi' an estimable exercise. There's nothing novel about the subject. But writer-director Mishkin's intelligent treatment makes a difference.
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