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Review: ‘Pattathu Yaanai’

Chakpak | 30th Jul 2013

Gauravam’ (Santhanam) is a hugely popular, traditional cook in Karaikudi, who earns his living by working for weddings. He is compelled to give his nod to an order from a local thug, about which he is not pleased. At this juncture, ‘Saravanan’ (Vishal) and four of his friends, join Gauravam as assistants. They offer to help him but end up complicating matters and as a result are forced to leave the place and head to Tiruchi.

The group has ambitious plans of opening a restaurant and doing well in the food business. Here Saravanan meets the heroine ‘Aishwarya’ (Aishwarya Arjun) and falls for her instantly.

Even as love blooms, hurdles crop up in the form of the baddies - Kasi and Manaa and another 'Madurai Annachi', who are constantly at loggerheads with one another. The hero is dragged into the internecine battles and undergoes a transformation in the second half, from a meek person to someone who bashes up the villains and their men, rather nonchalantly.

Whether Saravanan is able to save his love or not amid all this forms the rest of the story.

Cast: Vishal, Aishwarya Arjun, Santhanam, Seetha, Jagan, Manobala

Direction: Boopathy Pandian

Music: Thaman

Story Review:

Director Boopathy Pandian has worked with Vishal earlier in Malaikottai, which was an action – comedy. He has tried something similar in this film too. Though he has managed to make the movie move ahead smoothly, the similarities put off the audiences. He has made use of Vishal well in action and comedy sequences, but we have seen him in similar roles in many films.

But Boopathy Pandian seems to be satisfied with clichéd stuff. The story or the script has nothing new to offer. He has also failed to use debutante Aishwarya Arjun well, her role does not make an impact on the viewer.


'Pattathu Yaanai' is dominated by Vishal and Santhanam. While the former sheds his quiet image in the first half to bash up the baddies in his stand-and-deliver style, the latter is getting better with every movie and stamps his class again. Some of his witty dialogues are sure to bring the roof down.

Debutante Aishwarya Arjun, daughter of veteran Arjun, looks pretty and fits the bill as the love-lorn heroine, but has some distance to go. The rest of the cast ambles along.

Santhanam's comedy peps up the proceedings, but it is the combination of John Vijay, Jagan and Chitra lakshman that provides us with more enjoyable comedy.

Music by Thaman doesn't live up to expectations, except for a song or two.

Watch the movie for:

·         Action sequences

·         Comedy

Skip the movie for:

·         Clichéd story

·         Poor music

On the whole, ‘Pattathu Yaanai’ fails to impress as it treads on an old path in a predictable manner.


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