|Release date : Jan 30, 2015|
|123telugu.com Rating : 3/5|
|Director : Vetrimaaran|
|Producer : Sekhar Babu|
|Music Director : G. V. Prakash Kumar|
|Starring : Dhanush, Tapsee|
Dhanush has manged to earn a decent name with his latest hit Raghuvaran BTech. He is now back with the dubbed version of his national award winning film Pandem Kollu, which has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.
The story of the film is based on the annual cock fights that takes place between Pothu Raju (Jay Palan) and Ram Swami (Naren) in the Palnadu area. Like every year, Ranga Swami gets defeated by Pothu Raju, who is ably supported by Durga (Kishore) and Lingam (Dhanush).
As time passes by, Lingam falls in love with Irin(Taapsee) and also develops a huge misunderstanding with Pothu Raju during one of the cock fights.Rest of the story is about how Lingam makes his way to the top, and also clears the misunderstanding with his boss.
Credit should go to director Vetrimaran for executing a script set up in the rural atmosphere. Major highlight of the film is the lead star Dhanush. The way he has gone about his role and has presented himself in a mass look is just outstanding. His expressions throughout the film are to die for and only proves the fact that he was the deserving winner of the National Award.
Taapsee is superb as the Aglo-Indian girl, and gives cute expressions throughout the film. Tamil actors Naren, Kishore and Jayapalan have done a decent job in their respective roles. First half of the film is quite entertaining. The way love track between Dhanush and Taapsee has been designed is hilarious. The cock fight which is showcased during the interval block is good. Human emotions during the second half will connect with the audience well.
Major drawback of the film is the excessive length. Second half is a tad long and has been stretched in many places. Like every other dubbed film, Pandem Kollu also suffers with the nativity factor. The characters showcased and the entire set up is a bit difficult for Telugu audience to digest.
Second half gets completely emotional as there is no proper entertainment during this part. Lack of known faces might also go against the reach of this film.
Director Vetrimaran walks away with the honours in the technical department. The way he has weaved the story with an intriguing line is good. He also succeeded in extracting superb performances from his artists and gives a realistic look to the film.
G V Prakash impresses with his background score which lifts the film to another level. Camerawork is sleek as the rural atmosphere is shown quite naturally. Production values are just about ok, and so is the dubbing for the film.
On the whole, Pandem Kollu will be a decent outing for Dhanush in Tollywood. His amazing performance and an entertaining love track in the first half will be liked by the masses. However, a slow and dragged out second half and too much Tamil nativity might limit the reach of the film.
123telugu.com Rating : 3/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team