At a time when tear-jerkers and sentiments are considered only confined to the small-screen, Super Good Films have come out with 'Pillayar Theru Kadaisi Veedu'.
The movie directed by newcomer Thirumalai Kishore and produced by R B Choudhary is an emotional drama that begins on a lighter vein and settles down to become a serious weepy tale.
Playing the lead role is 'Jithan' Ramesh. Thirumalai Kishore can be lauded for lacing the script with lighter moments until its all taken over by an overdose of sentiments.
Unlike his earlier films, 'Jithan' Ramesh gets a role where he can emote, dance, fight and even try his hands at comedy at one go. With the likes of Jayaprakash, Ilavarasu and Bose Venkat around, the director finds it easy to come up with a convincing narration on screen.
Ganesan (Ramesh) is a happy-go-lucky youth in a village. A great admirer of actor-director Vijaya T Rajendar, Ganesan spends all his time with friends ('Parotta' Suri and a few others). This is ridiculed by his father (Jayaprakash).
Ganesan's life takes a turn when he comes across Sandhya (Sanchitha Padukone). She is a friend of Ganesan's sister who comes on a vacation to the village. He admires her beauty and falls flat for her. When Ganesan gathers guts to open his heart to Sandhya, enters Valli (Suhasini), Ganesan's uncle's (Ilavarasu) daughter.
Fearing that her father will get her married to a local goon (Bose Venkat), she decides to marry Ganesan. Suddenly Sandhya falls ill and Ganesan takes her to hospital. He is shocked when the doctor (Prakash Raj) informs that she is affected by cancer and that she will die in a few months.
Ganesan in a bid to keep her happy till her death marries her and comes home. As a result, he incurs the wrath of his father. And he is driven out of the house. But a sudden twist in the plot towards the climax ensures the movie ends on an emotional note.
If 'Jithan' Ramesh lends solidity to the story with his dancing and fighting skills, Jayaprakash and Ilavarasu impress everyone with their topnotch performance. Sanchitha Padukone comes all through the film and she utilizes the opportunity well.
Thirumalai Kishore successfully laced few commercial elements in the script though the story reminds one of the movies made in the 1980s. There are many loose ends and the script lacks pace in many places. M V Panneerselvam's lens captures the innocence of the village well while Chakri's songs add pep to the movie.
The eyesore is the dragging second half. The latter part has many scenes aimed at evoking tears from front-benchers. Considering Thirumalai Kishore to be a novice, 'Pillayar Theru Kadaisi Veedu' is not such a bad attempt.