Director M Muthaiah’s movies are primarily the equal, and so they additionally all start with: As shortly as upon a time in a village in Tamil Nadu, there lived a youthful ruffian (YR) with a coronary coronary coronary heart of gold. He goes spherical beating fellow YRs whose hearts aren’t as golden as his. He has his trusted aides, normally a loudmouth uncle/cousin and a loyal coterie of buddies. One environment friendly day, YR meets a girl who’s headstrong and unbiased. And naturally, it’s love at first sight, or a minimal of after she witnesses his first battle. In between all this, one amongst many recipients of YR’s momentary mood vows revenge in opposition to him. Furthermore, YR’s potential in-laws would have an agenda of their very private. Now, contained in the Muthaiah Cinematic Universe (MCU), this YR is maybe named Kutti Puli, Kombaiah Pandian, Marudhu, Kodi Veeran or… on this case, Pulikuthi Pandi.
Steady: Vikram Prabhu, Lakshmi Menon, RK Suresh, Vela Ramamoorthy
Director: M Muthaiah
Streaming on: SunNxt
Pandi (an earnest Vikram Prabhu) is a Muthaiah hero by and by way of — right from the shabby beard to the twirled moustache to the lungi tied above thigh stage. On the selection finish, we’ve got received MCU frequent Lakshmi Menon returning to Tamil cinema after a four-year break as Pechi. By the best way during which, this movie might need been the primary time an MCU movie was named after the precept lady… nonetheless alas!
The central conceit could very effectively be very easy. Pechi’s household has a bunch of wastrels who’re caught up with some ruthless cash lenders lead by Sannasi and sons (Vela Ramamoorthy, RK Suresh, Aruldoss, and so forth). Pandi, who by now has stop his ruffian methods for Pechi, steps in to resolve factors peacefully. However then, the inevitable (and one issue else) occurs that modifications every half. Someplace between all this battle and peace, we’ve got received Tamil Cinema’s very personal conscience keeper Samuthirakani in a cameo. He performs a comrade who sings about oppression, raises a voice for the unvoiced, opposes police brutality, and is totally selfless to the purpose of infuriating his household. Like all good factors, he too has an premature finish. Though his steely presence merely gives to the runtime, he’s an attention-grabbing addition to the MCU, which operated on a very totally completely completely different tenet all these years.
Such subversions are galore in Pulikuthi Pandi, which introduces the hero in almost definitely in all probability probably the most stereotypical of locations — the sarakku kadai — solely to have him sing a tune regarding the ill-effects of alcohol. Pandi finishes off all his punch dialogues — “Nallavana adichu pazhakkam illa… nallavanukkaaga adichu dhaan pazhakkam” or “Police thappu panna podhumakkal adippaanga la… adippom… adipen…” — in merely 15-20 minutes, solely to level out correct proper right into a sober hero straight out of a Vikraman movie.
Notion filmmakers like Muthaiah to make the most of their movies to showcase the lives of individuals in rural areas to a a lot larger viewers. The place else are you able to see villagers and small towners not being typecast as farmers or ruffians? In Namma Veettu Pillai, we seen Sivakarthikeyan personal an oil manufacturing unit. Correct proper right here, we see Vikram Prabhu contained in the jaggery-making enterprise. There’s furthermore some extent to make regarding the downright pedestrian humour in only a few of these movies. In Pulikuthi Pandi, Singampuli, Dheena and Put collectively dinner with Comali-fame Bala appear to regulate to an equal line, nonetheless their attractive changeover in path of the very best of the movie virtually makes up for the inept humour.
On the coronary coronary coronary heart of Pulikuthi Pandi is a simple and surroundings pleasant one-liner with a stunning remaining reveal. Nonetheless, we’re compelled to look earlier generic happenings for two-thirds of the movie, only for that one twist. There’s not a doubt that it’s these previous few minutes that go away us with a zeal for the movie, and it truly works as a result of effectivity of a fiery Lakshmi Menon.
Pulikuthi Pandi, which was made as a quickie contained in the latter half of 2020, grew to transform the second movie shot all via the pandemic to be launched immediately on tv. With the sort of reception this movie bought on social media, it’s clear that going ahead, leisure consumption post-pandemic isn’t solely a two-pronged race. There may be however one other participant — the direct-to-television releases. If Tamil cinema wished a Grasp to revive the theatre-going conduct of individuals, Tamil tv will almost definitely look in path of the Muthaiah template of household dramas. Given what we’ve seen in Pulikuthi Pandi, it does seem like the ideology of Muthaiah is slowly evolving. Or this may be one other subversion merely to swim earlier the criticisms. Which one’s true? Correctly, we’ll must attend and watch Half 2 of MCU.