Writting & Direction
A Reasonably Watchable Drama!
Paambhu Sattai, surprisingly, is a nice directorial debut effort from Adam Dasan, who quietly encapsulates various purposes and meanings of life with subtle tropes and poignant dialogues. Had Adam Dasan steered clear of his lopsided, unhurried narration, the film would have been great.
Cast: Bobby Simha, Keerthy Suresh, Guru Somasundaram, Bhanu
Cinematography: KG Venkatesh
Editing: Raja Sethupathi S.P.
Written & Directed by Adam Dasan
Produced by: Manobala
Distribution: Abi and Abi, Cinema City
Release Date: 24-03-2017
Run Time: 02:21:00
Paambhu Sattai, surprisingly, is a fine directorial debut effort from Adam Dasan, who quietly encapsulates various purposes and meanings of life with subtle tropes and poignant dialogues. Had Adam Dasan steered clear of his lopsided, unhurried narration, the film would have been great.
How an ordinary, law-abiding youngster, leading a righteous life, is pushed into nefarious activities because of frustration and despair forms the story.
Adam Dasan has beautifully portrayed the difficulties to keep oneself insulated from social pressures in testing times. Sometimes, he sends the message with tender exchanges; sometimes he seems to be overfond of passing moralistic remarks. It is the careless inconsistency in the screenplay that bothers viewers, to some extent.
Adam looks like a guy who knows his craft. There is a certain finesse in his filmmaking skills and handling of sequences. And, some effort has gone behind composing shots, which decry mainstream.
A tepid romance track shot on Bobby Simha and Keerthy Suresh dominates the first half and audience give the perfunctory nod at few junctures. Some amusing moments offer relief at regular intervals, courtesy Motta Rajendran.
Adam has written his characters in incredibly real fashion. They stay true to their consciousness and pragmatically evolve in situations that put them down. Adam invariably demonstrates the rapid spin of conflicting emotions efficiently and makes audiences invest in his characters.
The performances are good. Bobby Simha, barring the romance sequences, has done an excellent job. Keerthy Suresh, sporting a de-glam makeover, looks good and mouths her ‘Madras’ slang lines convincingly. Charlie, Guru Somasundram and Bhanu make a fine ensemble cast.
Toting up, Paambhu Sattai is a reasonably watchable drama which has its heart in the right place. It certainly has its moments, but at 141 minutes it is a tad too long.