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Papanasam (2015)

Unrated | | 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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kamal Haasan ... Suyambu Lingam
Gautami ... Rani
Niveda Thomas ... Selvi
Esther ... Meena
Kalabhavan Mani ... Constable
Asha Sharath ... Inspector General
Ananth Narayan Mahadevan ... Inspector General's Husband (as Anant Mahadevan)
M.S. Bhaskar ... Hotel Owner
Aruldoss ... Police Officer (as Aruldass)
Roshan Basheer ... Varun Prabhakar
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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Although a remake all the cast were totally selected differently except for the parents role and the small child of the kamal hasam 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 »

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The UK release was censored; in order to obtain a 12A classification the distributor chose to remove a scene of violence (in which a characters fingers are broken). The uncut 15 version was then withdrawn. See more »


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It's just riveting and picture perfect
13 August 2015 | by bartom-612-185848See all my reviews

Yes it is remake, but that doesn't mean it's any lesser. In fact i believe making a remake is a difficult job. For all the people who say the original movie was better, of course you would believe that as this concept and movie did not exist before the original script so you will like it more. But now that you have a frame of reference, doing a remake of a successful movie is very difficult as you have cater to the demographic who know what the movie is about.

Yes people might say it is hit only because of a remake, but i would strongly disagree, it is a delight to watch because the remake is done just right. Kadhalaku Mariydhai, Nanban are prime example.

Leave aside all those controversies, from the premise till the end, this is one movie that paces really well. Though a simple concept of saving the family, the actors have brought their A-game, fantastic performances from everyone. Needless to say anything about Kamal Hassan, he makes everything looks so easy and so realistic, he has always been best in any role that he plays and even here he just steals the show. Having said that, it would be easy for the director to be tempted to keep Kamal in all frames and make the movie a success, but not to be. Everyone has been given a fair share of the screen space and they have given a scintillating act every time.

Although i know the movie was long, i never felt bored at any point, a feel that i get from a Tarantino movie. The screenplay was perfect, the actors were placed in the right place at right time. The plot twists were great and just when you thought you know everything the movie creeps with something new, i really loved that.

In a intriguing movie like this, you have to feel for the characters and you really do. That's a exceptional win-win for the actors in the movie. Even though ethically what they are doing are wrong, you understand what will happen if only you were truthful at all times, and you totally buy that. Frame by frame the movie passes with wonderful continuity and even when it ends, it just does not snap, it is a thorough and clear closure, which says a lot about the director It's easy for movies such as this to be absurdly stupid and leave many plot holes for the audience to explore but the director covers all plot syncs and when you backtrack what went on, you can easily connect the dots and agree to the fact though the hero is selfish, you have to be selfish at some times to survive in this world.

What happened was a accident, but in a perfect world you could come out with the truth and people will look at 2 sides of a coin and take the right judgment, but we are not in a perfect world. At the end when Kamal explains what would happen if the tables were turned, it is a right explanation. How a Mother would handle would be different from what a Mother with power would handle a situation.

A Small negative would be that the premise about the Hero could have been shortened a bit, maybe less 15 minutes, his love interest for his wife was totally unwarranted, looks like Kamal's personal choice than anything else. But that does not affect the movie in anyway and can be easily overlooked.

You will like every character, you could relate to the fear in their eyes, the plot was simple and understandable, the connectors were very well used and screenplay was paced just right. A movie for everyone in the family and through entertainer

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