Feroz’s Pandigai is a smartly written and executed action thriller with required elements to captivate audiences till the end. Of course, there is a mundane romance portion and a needless item number in the fast moving screenplay but the film captivates us throughout, major credits to the intelligent twists and turns.
A unique backdrop — underground street fighting — and filmmaking chutzpah make Pandigai, a tense action film, an exciting watch. The film embraces its violent setting and doesn’t short-change us when it comes to the stunts and the blood-letting. The writing, too, complements the filmmaking, giving us characters to root for and to be wary of.
Velu (Kreshna) works as an intern in a star hotel. All through his life, right from his young days, Velu had to fight with others to safeguard his life and his only dream is to lead a respectful life. Meanwhile, there is Muni (Saravanan) an addictive gambler, who loses all his wealth in betting and his own wife dumps him. Velu’s fighting skills, Muni offers him a chance to make big money by participating in an illegal underground fighting competition run by Natwar Dada(Madhoo Soodhanan) .
The gangster-chic visuals of cinematographer Arvi and the energetic background score of RH Vikram lend the coolth that this kind of film needs, while Anbariv’s punchy stunt choreography makes us feel the high stakes involved in the battle between Velu and company and Dada and his men. That said, the romantic track, involving Velu and Anandhi, who plays a typical Tamil cinema loosu ponnu, is an add-on that sits uncomfortably in this otherwise smart thriller.