Have you watched Pasanga? You really must… even if you have watched it already!
Kamal Hassan, speaking at the audio launch of the movie, pointed out that whenever Tamil cinegoers are on the brink of declaring that Tamil movies have isolated themselves from realism, there comes a movie that dispels such doubts. Pasanga is truly one such movie. The movie depicts on screen the Tamil Nadu that we truly love – an ideal, timeless land that teems with life, and the warmth of its characters.
As a friend recently wrote to me:
The movie is very good, of course, with some inescapable cinematic elements thrown in.
I always find a middle India, small town India where there may be a lack of physical infrastructure, but no digital or information divide, thanks to the deep penetration of Sun TVs, Airtels, Hamam soaps, Lion Dates, Gold Winners, Ananda Vikatans, Hero Honda Splendors, Engg Degree Aspirations, availability of private English schools etc.
Tamil cinema has failed to depict this for so long. This director has attempted and succeeded.
For bringing to us an excellent movie filled with beautiful characters, not stylish ones who do supposedly cool things and end up making you look foolish and inadequate, director Pandiraj wins kudos!
My favorite character from the movie is Vaathiyaar Chokkan, the school teacher. Apart from the kids, who are the real heroes, he is the one person whose character has been given a near-complete treatment. He is warm, and possibly as a result of being the most educated person among the lot, intelligent, level-headed and sage. Sample a scene where he makes a mark.
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