Diabolic at first, better later - Pachcha Kudhira

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Genre: Action
Director: Parthiban
Cast: Parthiban, Namita
Storyline: A child brought up by a cantankerous dad grows up into a dada.
Bottomline: This `... Kudhira' is found wanting.In the name of showcasing the perversity of the main character in the first half, Parthiban has a field day exploiting the voluptuousness of Namita to the optimum in Akira Theatre's `Pachcha Kudhira' (A). The consoling aspect is that the heroine has enough scope for histrionics also. Story, screenplay, dialogue, lyrics, singing, direction, production — Parthiban's onus is immense indeed. At some point he gets diffident you feel, as he includes juvenile sequences such as the one in which children dressed as Rajini, Kamal, Vikram etc., take on the villains quite easily! Pachcha Muthu (Parthiban) strikes terror in his area, as he is unnecessarily harsh and violent with every man and woman, young and old. Of course, no policeman comes in his way! Selfish and ruthless to the core, the dada is despised by all. To see their reactions, he makes people believe he is dead. They are thrilled. The animus gives him a jolt and puts him on the road to reformation. Poovu (Namita) is his wife. Distressed by her husband's behaviour, she leaves his house and returns only when he shows signs of mending his ways. You also have an older Parthiban, Pachcha Muthu's dad — the one who shaped the son into a consummate criminal.

Typically Parthiban

The crudeness of Pachcha's words hits you hard because he spares none, not even his mom. The metamorphosis is quite slow as he first starts to do good deeds only for publicity. By the time he evolves and begins to believe in good for goodness sake, you are tired. In fact, the tedium is more because of the verbosity throughout the film. Too much talking Pachcha! Parthiban plays his part(s) in typical fashion. He is more effective when he silently goes about serving the needy. Namita does what is expected of her. As the wife shocked by her husband's atrocities, she gets her emotions right. Parthiban goes off-key often in the first song he renders (`Thaarai ... ') Sabesh-Murali adopts a folk tune for `Adadi,' the like of which you've heard before. Ironically, the line of the father setting a bad example resembles `Thiruttu Payalae' a little. But the similarity begins and ends there. Parthiban's first film `Pudhiya Paadhai' also comes to your mind now and then. But villainy works overtime and baddies go overboard in `Pachcha Kudhira.' MALATHI RANGARAJAN



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