Dhanush has manged to earn a decent name with his latest hit Raghuvaran BTech. He is now back with the dubbed version of his national award winning film Pandem Kollu which has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.
The story of the film is based on the annual cock fights that takes place between Pothu Raju (Jay Palan) and Ram Swami (Naren) in the Palnadu area. Like every year, Ranga Swami gets defeated by Pothu Raju who is ably supported by Durga (Kishore) and Lingam (Dhanush).
As time passes by, Lingam falls in love with Irin(Taapsee) and also develops a huge misunderstanding with Potu Raju during one of the cock fights. Rest of story is as to how Lingam makes his way to the top, and also clears the misunderstanding with his boss.
Dhanush’s lifetime performance is the soul of the film. Jayabalan is a perfect choice to play mentor role. He lives up to the role and delivers dialogues with such power and punch. Kishore as usual does the fantastic job. Tapsee in the role of Anglo Indian girl is sweet, simple and beautiful.
The major plus point of Pandem Kollu is its strength in characterization. All the artistes in the film deliver outstanding performance. GV Prakash’s music is excellent. Dialogues are excellent.
The first half of the film goes with slow pace. It is also evident that the director has used graphics for cock fights to follow the rules of animal welfare board.
Director Vetrimaran walks away with the cake in the technical department. The way he has weaved the story with an intriguing story line is good. He also succeeds in extracting superb performances from his artists and gives a realistic look to the film.
G V Prakash impresses with his background score which lifts the film to another level. Camerawork is sleek as the rural atmosphere is shown quite naturally. Production values are just about ok, and so is the dubbing for the film.
On the whole, Pandem Kollu will be a decent outing for Dhanush in Tollywood. His amazing performance paired up with an entertaining love track in the first half will be liked by the masses. However, a slow and dragged out second half and too much of Tamil nativity might limit the reach of the film.