Director: Okay. Thirugnanam
It’s humorous to warn readers about spoilers in Paramapadham Vilayattu as a result of the one actual spoiler is that there aren’t any spoilers within the movie. As a result of there’s no suspense, there’s nothing to spoil. For a thriller, the movie presents no satisfying problem—like Garry Kasparov enjoying in opposition to a doorknob, the viewers is all the time ten strikes forward and every scene seems like a depressingly foregone conclusion.
Paramapadham Vilayattu begins with a scenario that’s just like current political occasions in Tamil Nadu: a significant political chief, Chezhiyan (Vela Ramamoorthy) is preventing for all times in a hospital. A succession disaster brews and his aide Kalingan (AL Azhagappan) plots in opposition to him. Chezhiyan’s son, Tamizh (Nandha) who lives overseas, comes again to be by his fathers aspect. Is there something to mine on this territory, particularly after movies like Ko or NOTA? Director Okay. Thirugnanam goals up fascinating what-ifs that by no means come collectively.
What if the main target shifts from politics to the physician, Gayathri (Trisha) treating Chezhiyan? What if her daughter, Suji (Child Manasvi), who can’t communicate, is kidnapped by money-hungry politicians to maintain Gayathri quiet a couple of harmful political secret? And what if Gayathri and Suji are saved, in an ironic twist, by a petty felony who’s after cash, identical to the politicians. The movie has three identities — a political thriller, a political satire, a kidnapping thriller — all hashed into an unholy mess by the movie’s bold and pointless non-linear narrative approach.
You possibly can think about a storyteller narrating a narrative non-linearly to intensify dramatic rigidity. In Paramapadham Vilayattu it dilutes the suspense a lot that whenever you think about the scenes in chronological order you see that the movie truly has an fascinating plot buried beneath its messy non-linear conceit.
Take the scene the place Kalingan meets Gayathri and Suji. He threatens her — with a superbly informal face — that he’ll kidnap her youngster if she doesn’t play alongside along with his plans to homicide Chezhiyan. He even uncouthly takes a chip from Suji’s plate. It’s an efficient scene, however the movie’s comedian ambitions spoil it: it ends with a joke that entails Kalingan’s sidekick stealing a chip from the little lady. It cheapens the stress that was constructed up by Kalingan’s risk to Gayathri; we expect that they’re in all probability simply jokers.
Even that serviceable scene is diluted by the non-linear narration. We’ve already seen originally of the movie that Suji will get kidnapped. So, all of the suspense that the movie builds up round whether or not she would truly go lacking or not is moot. Characters scheme, plot, threaten, however none of it appears to matter as a result of we all know the place issues are going. It seems like an asthmatic snail crawling over a freshly-painted wall, meticulously blowing every inch dry.
With a linear narration, a minimum of the same old beats of a political thriller may need labored. However even then, the movie is political solely in the identical sense that Apple Inc. is within the horticultural enterprise. You don’t make a political movie by simply naming characters Kalingan and Manimozhi or by name-dropping constituencies like RK Nagar and Srirangam.
In a movie that’s principally plot loopholes strung alongside, it appears unfair to level out logical issues. However it’s unusual to be taught that Suji’s father left the household after he knew that she couldn’t communicate, all as a result of he believed that language was the one technique to talk. That simply sounds weird.
Similar to his avant garde makes an attempt at non-linear narration, Thirugnanam additionally takes a web page out of the newest development in sixteenth century Elizabethan theatre. Tamizh, like a few of Shakespeare’s nice villains, will get a soul-baring monologue ultimately; nevertheless it, too, is as depressingly apparent as the remainder of the movie.