Papanasam Review

Papanasam Movie Review

Papanasam is the Tamil remake of one of the best scripts of our time – Jeethu Joseph’s Malayalam movie ‘Drishyam,’ starring Mohanlal. Jeethu Joseph successfully recreates his magic with Kamal Haasan in Papanasam, making it a captivating film.

The best part of the movie is the second half, with the first half laying the foundation for the subsequent developments. As the movie progresses towards the climax, it gets better and better. Jeethu Joseph showcases his skill, and the ending will leave you speechless.

Tamil Masterpiece Recaptures the Brilliance of ‘Drishyam'”

The mystery of the film is conveyed perfectly, complemented by Ghibran’s music that flows seamlessly with the story’s rhythm. Every note fits perfectly with the script. Looking at the cast, one can expect phenomenal performances, and that’s exactly what you get. Kamal Haasan delivers his best performance of the decade. While there have been a few good performances by Kamal Haasan in the last 15 years, this marks the first time in a decade that you witness him in an extremely strong characterization, transcending the persona of Kamal Haasan as himself. It proves, once again, that genius lies in simplicity rather than over-the-top characters.

A film by Jeethu Joseph.

Asha Sharath delivers a good performance, and Gauthami is convincing, though at times, one may wish it were Meena (Drishyam). Anant Mahadevan is perfect, and Kalabhavan Mani performs well in the role in which Kalabhavan Shajoon shined. All other actors are acceptable in their respective roles. Kamal Haasan and the slight changes made by Jeethu Joseph here and there make Papanasam worth watching, even for those who enjoyed ‘Drishyam’ and Mohanlal’s majestic performance. All credit goes to Jeethu Joseph. Thanks to him, he didn’t compromise for the ‘star’ and ‘performer’ in Kamal Haasan; he simply presented Suwayambu Lingam.

The movie works as a scriptwriter and director’s movie, a rare film in its genre. The best aspect of this remake is that the original director, Jeethu Joseph, is retained, and so is the quality. There is something for the fans of ‘Drishyam’ as well. I hope this review makes you want to watch the movie, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Intelligent, emotional, and intense, Papanasam is a very attention-consuming thriller. A masterpiece with acceptable flaws, everything comes together perfectly.

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