Feb 28, 2007

Pachaikili Muthucharam - worth ur time and money !

Back to my business.

Oscar Films and Gautham Menon join hands yet again after the commercial success of VV but this time going with the supreme hero SarathKumar whose career was sagging after some colossal flops, not now though. Alas, Gautham went on to remake a so called average grosser in Hollywood, “Derailed” without deviating much from the original. Running out of stories kya?
One thing is pretty much common in Minnale, RHTDM, Kakka Kakka and VV – all were fast paced. Indeed Pachaikili Muthucharam too is fast paced with some slick photography sandwiched with crisp editing. First Jyothika starrer after her marriage, Kollywood debue for Milind, new girl Andrea all add upto the movie’s highlights. Released in almost 6 centres in Chennai city itself, Pachaikili has created a wave which I guess is unstoppable atleast for a few days.
The story. Venkatesh (Sarath) is a medical rep whose days’ half are spend in suburban trains going through the eternal Chennai. He is quite happy and humble and doesn’t demand too much other than maintaining a settled life. Radhika (Andrea) who is a house wife is still passionate about her husband and their love is always envious. Nanda is their only son who suffers from premature diabetics, that being the only worry for the couple. Radhika tries to concentrate more towards nursing her son rather than being with Venkatesh. Obviously, our hero is frustrated over this averted behavior.
One fine day, Venkatesh meets Geetha (Jyothika) in one of his journeys to office. He is attracted to her girl next door looks and friendly nature. They soon become friends and soon become more than that J. He deliberately tries to let his mind do the proceedings rather than sticking to reality and being a good husband. They both find themselves in a hotel room somewhere in the outskirts of Chennai only to witness an unexpected event which would change their lives forever. Geetha becomes a rape victim to Milind after he confronts both of them in their suit. Venkatesh is beaten to half-life and he could only see what’s happening to his lover.
Milind finds that they are not a married couple and hence tries to blackmail both of them for money. Venkatesh ends up giving lakhs before actually confessing to his wife. There is a sudden twist in the second half and the film altogether creates a bizarre mood which is nicely crafted. The latter part is all about how the hero manages to convince his wife and how he confronts the bad guys.
In an out and out Sarathkumar film, he excels though looks a bit jaded. One has to say the casting has been prefect as all characters look realistic. Milind Soman has come out with a sterling performance even in a language which is foreign to him. The new girl too looks 100 million bucks but her dialogue delivery needs improvement. Harris Jayaraj has once again shown that he is the perfect match for Gautham’s style of film making and even the background score, as always, makes the film gripping. “Unakkul Naane” and “Un siripinil” are the pick of the songs. Yet there are certain flaws like first half being lagging, some censorable scenes and the lengthy climax.

On the whole, Pachaikili is crisp at 2 hrs 25 mins and is recommended for those who like thrilling family dramas.