Dhanush’s delightful debut Pa. Pandi comes from that warm fuzzy place where Pixar movies are born. It’s impossible to dislike anyone in the film, not even the film’s neighbourhood thugs who supply baggies of drugs to teenagers. Who would have thought the guy who played Kokki Kumar had it in him to create such a world.
It’s a simple world where 65-year-old Power Pandi (Rajkiran) lives with his son and his family. Pandi is the kind of guy youngsters can approach with their relationship problems. Trust him to help you if your car breaks down and he does his bit to keep the streets clean of things you don’t want around.
Power Paandi is about the outcome of embracing love, peace and positivity around us. The films attempt to showcase how the changing times impact a father-son relationship and try to tell that they both can co-exist in love. Dhanush will appear in a cameo of younger version Paandi. Raj Kiran plays the titular role with ease but it is Revathy, in her extended cameo, who sweeps us off our feet. In fact, the film picks up steam post her entry towards the end. It feels nice that for a change as viewers we cheer for an older pair and moments between them make us leave the theatre with a smile.
Pa Paandi is packed with some realistic dialogues and emotions that many could relate to. It has something for everyone. Fathers would like it and so would kids. So it’s a film for family audience who might leave the theatre with some degree of satisfaction. Dhanush has written a gripping screenplay laden with emotions that connect and he has extracted all-round good performances from his cast.