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Papanasam (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 3 July 2015 (USA)
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Desperate measures are taken by a man who tries to save his family from the dark side of the law, after they commit an unexpected crime.


Jeethu Joseph


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kamal Haasan ... Suyambu Lingam
Gautami ... Rani
Nivetha Thomas ... Selvi
Esther Anil ... Meena (as Esther)
Asha Sharath ... IG Geetha Prabhakar
Kalabhavan Mani ... Constable Perumal
Ananth Narayan Mahadevan ... IG's Husband (as Anant Mahadevan)
Roshan Basheer ... Varun Prabhakar
M.S. Bhaskar ... Hotel Owner
Aruldoss ... Police Officer (as Aruldass)
Charlie ... Bus Conductor
Delhi Ganesh ... Gautami's Father
Sri Ram Sri Ram ... Cheramadurai
Ilavarasu ... Shanmugam
Vaiyapuri Vaiyapuri ... Hotel Owner


Suyambulingam, an uneducated but hard working and self-made cable operator leads a peaceful life in the town of Papanasam with his wife and 2 daughters. When some unexpected turn of events leads to an accidental murder, he throws himself into the quagmire to save his daughter and his family from the impending nightmare. How he fares in his ingenious attempts to extract his family out of the soup is what forms the crux of this thriller. Written by PipingHotViews

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Esther Anil originated the role of the hero's youngest daughter in the original Malayalam film Drishyam (2013), and plays the same role in the both the Telegu-language remake, Drushyam (2014), and this Tamil-language remake. Similarly, Roshan Basheer plays the role of the victim across the three films. Furthermore, Asha Sharath plays the role of the I.G. here and in the original Malaylam and in the Kannada remake, Drishya (2014). See more »


The movie Anjaan was actually released in August 15, 2014 in India. But Kamal and his family see the movie at 3rd August. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut, the distributor chose to remove a scene of violence (in which a character's fingers are broken) in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 classification was available. See more »


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How far would you go to save your loved ones

Papanasam (2015) review: Remakes from Malayalam are not new for Tamil film industry. To name a few the recent successful 36 vayadhinile, Yester year's success movies like Friends, kadhaluku Mariyadhai, Chandramookhi, Ninaithale Inikum Kuselan, perazhagan etc

Drishyam was a one of the blockbuster Malayalam movies of all times. The successful movie went to speak Telugu, Kannada and proved its worth in both reprisals. Following that it was remade in Tamil and Hindi (yet to hit the screens). Who knows this script might be reprised in other languages as well in future.

Papanasam is a family drama – thriller. Since the story and screenplay is well known for almost all south Indian Cinema viewers. Kamal has not added anything extra to the script he seems to be the clear director's artist in the movie.

The story is about an ordinary village man trying to save his loved ones who has committed a situational crime. The Nellai nativity flows all over the story applause the writer Jeya Mohan who has penned the dialogues.

When it comes to the performances obliviously we have the ultimate show from the Ace actor and the legendary film star Kamalhassan. Asha Sharath who has reprised the same role has done 100% justice to her role as an I.G and a sobbing mother. Nivedha Thomas as the daughter fits comfortably on the role. The entire team was a good pick for the roles.

Plus points of the film would be definitely Kamal's acting, the script and the gripping story line.

On the contrary the length of the movie seemed too long almost 3 hours ten minutes and the initial portion of the movie to introduce the characters was bit long journey before the actual turning point of the movie.

Overall for those who didn't watch Drishyam this would be an ultimate family thriller. For the other viewers definitely the flavour of Drishyam would be missing throughout because originals stay in your mind which is inevitable.

-Reviewed by Sivakumar Balachandran

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