Monday, March 13, 2006

Chithiram Pesudhadi

Sometimes, a small movie comes out of nowhere to take us by surprise. Movies like Kaalaatpadai and Amudhe would belong to this list and Chithiram Pesudhadi is the latest addition. It is helmed by a new director and a mostly fresh set of technicians, it has a couple of unfamiliar faces as its leads and it arrived completely unheralded into theaters. But while movies with big stars and famous directors have, for the most part, fallen by the wayside so far this year, this movie turns out to be a nice little gem.

On paper, every aspect of the film’s story is clichéd. Its hero is a rowdy who works for a dada (who everyone ofcourse calls Annaachi!). Its heroine is a richer girl with a loving family. The two of them clash with each other whenever they meet. And so on… But the screenplay helps the movie rise above these clichés. It makes the hero and the heroine interesting characters and develops their romance in a sweet and engaging fashion.

But it is in the second half that the movie really scores. There are three aspects that make me rate a movie highly – unexpected plot developments, good suspense and a strong climax. Chithiram Pesudhadi scores on all these three aspects in the second half.

The film announces the intermission on a key scene that makes us eager to know what led upto it. But it makes us wait and keeps us in suspense about the happenings. In fact, the acts of some of the characters don’t make much sense as the story keeps moving. But when the suspense is finally broken, it doesn't disappoint. There have been a number of movies where the flashback doesn’t do justice to the build-up. The grand revelation turns out to be some silly and contrived misunderstanding that could have been cleared up easily. But not here. The reason behind the turn of events not only surprises us but justifies everything that went on before it. It answers all our questions. It is the best kind of revelation – one that surprises but also makes us wonder why we didn't think of it before.

Chithiram Pesudhadi is definitely the best film of the year so far and makes its director Mysskin, one more new director to keep an eye out for.

11 Comments:

At 11:16 PM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

Really CP scored a lot with lotta new faces. Mysskin, a ex-salesman did things with nativity and reality. Esp. the climax is different. After Porkalam, this again framed well.

Oscar Ravichandran made (as a distriubutor) the film is hit by doing lotta ad in FM and channels. Really good work by him and now the film doing good at box-office too...

Mysskin should do next film as great as this. Then only he can score..bcos of more directors got disappeared after their hit first movie

 
At 1:56 AM, Blogger Kaps said...

this movie was taken out of the halls after the first few weeks. it has been brought back to theatres now.

 
At 2:01 AM, Blogger VenkatRangan said...

Balaji,
I saw the movie last weekend, really worth all the praise....especially the song "Vazha meenukum..." made it enjoyable....

 
At 5:10 AM, Blogger P.S. Suresh Kumar said...

ur review raise my expectations on the movie. will check it out. i missed the movie when it was intially screened in Sathyam cinemas

 
At 6:42 AM, Blogger Filbert said...

I got to disagree with you (for the first time) when you say this is the best movie of the year. I thought Dishyum was definitely better than this one.

 
At 9:11 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

Balaji,

When I saw "Chithiram Pesudhadhi", even I got to thinking which one was better..."Dishyum" or "CP"? I definitely liked the first half of "Dishyum" better than "CP" and I think Jeeva & Sandhya did a better job than the newcomers in "CP". But Dishyum's major let down was its climax. Man...it was crap! And that's where I think "CP" has scored all the marks. The climax of "CP" was top-notch. At the end of the day, I am still not able to decide which one I like better...;). I feel both are good attempts that needs to be appreciated.

 
At 10:37 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

karthik/kaps, yeah i read somewhere that oscar ravichandran liked the movie and so bought it and rereleased it with more marketing and publicity. good for him :)

venkat, yep that song was really good and i enjoyed it inspite of my dislike of item numbers :)

suresh, hope i didnt raise it too high. thats never good for a movie :)

filbert, 'dishyum' and CP r pretty much the only contenders for the title of best movie of the yr. but preethi said exactly what i wanted to say. i probably liked both movies equally for the most part. but 'dishyum's climax was really bad and completely let me down while CP's climax was awesome. since the climax is pretty much what remains in our mind when we finish the movie, that really affects how much i like a movie :)

 
At 8:02 PM, Blogger Prasanna said...

bb...vent watched this movie. Ve read so many gud reviews abt this movie. Its a big hit out here. The "Vazha meenukum" number is a number played in SS Music so many times. Gotta watch the movie soon. And btw read in a newspaper(Deccan Chronicle)that Tabu has replaced Shobhana in Gowtham's next movie. Not sure hw true this is.

 
At 7:39 AM, Blogger Kumari said...

I agree. Watched the movie last afternoon and the second half did keep one hooked. Guess the fact that they were newcomers kinda made the first half a little jerky. Esp the diro's advice to his lead characters to keep waving their hands to convey all emotions :(

And tho dishyum had sublime novelty in the interactions b/w its lead characters, the climax left one grossed out. So lame :(

I know, i've re-iterated what u said in ur reviews but then i love the sound of my voice too :p Eshoos me :)

 
At 6:18 AM, Blogger Me too said...

3 stars-a? This I got to see!

 
At 3:52 AM, Blogger Karthi Permanathan said...

வாள மீனுக்கும் வெலங்கு மீனுக்கும் கல்யாணம் - is a good promo for this movie.

 

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