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An unemployed youth (Kamal) dreams of living well. One evening, he finds a drunken industrialist (Sameer Khakkar) passed out in a gutter, and takes the opportunity to switch places with him. He finds love, intrigue, and the good life in his new home, Pushpak, a hotel where the industrialist was booked in. A silent masterpiece. Written by
After numerous recommendations I finally managed to get a hold of this movie. I appreciate the director's attempt of making a silent movie that is charming, funny but very flawed. As much as I enjoyed it, I would not place it among the best movies. Some of the humour is too tacky for my liking, especially the toilet humour (for example the whole toilet situation with the hostage) and some comic tracks just fall flat. At times, the film moves at a lethargic pace. The Tinu Anand track did not need that much focus. That entire track could have been better left out. Yet, 'Pushpak' remains likable. I loved the irony in the end and that beautifully concludes the poetry of the entire movie. In terms of acting, 'Pushpak' belongs to Kamal Hassan. The actor gets into the skin of the character and nails the part. I never thought of him as one of the best actors in Indian cinema but i admire his attempt at experimenting with different things and he is exceptional in 'Pushpak'. Amla is vivacious in a smaller role. Director Singeetham deserves credit for daring to make a silent film, and one that mostly manages to avoid the clichéd gimmicks. Perhaps this was his homage to the voiceless movies made in the 30s. I loved his use of symbolism and metaphors especially in the end sequence. For the most part, 'Pushpak' is a fun watch and I thin it would have been excellent had the editing been more crisp but there's enough good about it that compensates for the weaknesses.
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