A magnanimous village head falls head-over-heels for a Premier Padmini car that was given to him temporarily by his brother, when the latter goes out of town for a few days. The car becomes the cynosure not only for the village head, his wife, and the driver, but for the whole village, which celebrates the car as their own. Whether the village head gets to keep the car for himself without parting with it to his brother or his selfish daughter forms the rest of the story.
Running Time:
152 mins
Release date:
7 Febraury 2014
Directed by:
Arun Kumar
Produced by:
M R Ganesh
Written by:
Arun Kumar
Vijay Sethupathi
Iyshwarya Rajesh
Neelima Rani
Music by:
Justin Prabhakaran
Shot by:
Gokul Benoy
Editing by:
A. Sreekar Prasad

What’s Hot

  • The strong star cast of Jayaprakash (JP) as the Village head, Thulasi as his wife and Vijay Sethupathi as the driver, Murugesan do not disappoint and deliver big time. There are multiple occasions in when each of them show their class and delight the audience with marvelous expressions. It is really nice to see a very different Jayaprakash in this movie whose child-like innocence is sure to win admirers.
  • Vijay Sethupathi after the disappointing Rummy performs admirably and his scenes with JP and the amusingly named Peedai (Bala Saravanan) are show stealers. The way his romance track with Malar (Aishwarya) is linked to the central plot is good. It was very realistic to see the note written by Malar to Murugesan have some strikethroughs and not be error-free.
  • The supporting cast including Neelima, Bala Saravanan and Aishwarya add a lot of value to the proceedings. While Neelima is perfect as the selfish daughter, Bala Saravanan excels in the role of the shabby yet hilarious Peedai and is bound to go places after delivering such a landmark performance.
  • Music is a huge strength for the film and debutant Justin Prabhakaran has announced himself with a bang. His songs are melodious and his BGM when Murugesan and Malar travel together in the car is mind-blowing. Gokul’s camera work shines whenever he shoots the old couple of Jayaprakash and Thulasi. His choice of lighting and angles while showing the all-important car is also commendable.
  • The director Arun Kumar and his team deserve a big applause for writing a story having multiple plot lines, adjacent to the central plot, inspired from 3 of his short films (Pannayarum Padminium, Nadodi Mannan and Anju Rooba). It takes a lot of courage for a debutant team to give a film that has a car in its central plot without seeking the help of any commercial elements and double entendres.

What’s Not

  • There is an overdose of sentiment in the film which is pronounced especially in the second half. This leads to screenplay being devoid of much-needed spikes. The plot line involving ‘Attakathi’ Dinesh is especially a downer and the film would have been sleeker without it.



Verdict Stamp

A sentiment-based film from a debutant team having a car in its central plot that is heart-warming for most of its running time.