When Kamal Haasan's elder daughter, played by Niveda Thomas, falls victim to today's technology handled by a wrong person, a cinematic twist ensues changing the film from a family drama to a well written sleek thriller.
As expected, Kamal Haasan stands out with his subtle performance. While watching him perform, one can clearly read the desperation in his eyes intertwined with an urge to save his family from a sticky situation.
Apart from the first few minutes, which is the time taken for the movie to introduce its characters, the entire film is exceptionally gripping with an amazing closure.
Dramatic but yet real. Emotionally sweet but yet sugar free. Edgy but yet cool. Jeeethu Joseph has a rare Kohinoor diamond in his script that gets powered nurtured and savored by the masterly brilliance of Kamal Haasan in its Tamil version.. you need any more reason to watch Papanasam.. go spread the virus its highly infectious.
Papanasam has its shares of flaws like being a bit long, makes some make belief request and its mostly tense and intense after the initial smooth cool build up, but certainly Papanasam is a relevant cinema and not just a commercial potboiler meant to earn cores.
Do yourself and your family a favour.. Watch Papanasam at the earliest. It will result in giving you a lump your throat, and a hug by your family.
One might wonder why state an obvious fact as Kamal Haasan is brilliant in the movie. But this reputation is what acts as the value addition to his presence in Papanasam. What connects Kamal Haasan and Suyambu Lingam (Kamal’s character in Papanasam) is the image they have earned among their people.
With extraordinary support from Asha Sharath, Kalabhavan Mani, MS Bhaskar, Delhi Ganesh, Ilavarasu and the rest, Papanasam has a galore of splendid performances. Kalabhavan Mani stands out.
Verdict: Stunning performances, thrills, brilliant story packed with relatable and true emotions - That’s Papanasam!