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The Malayalam movie Drishyam did not take just Mollywood but the whole nation, by storm. Starring Mohanlal and Meena in the lead, Drishyam was made by Jeethu Joseph and its phenomenal success lead to the movie being remade in Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Tamil. The Tamil version, titled Papanasam, has just released. This movie, starring Kamal Haasan, Gauthami, Nivedha Thomas, Esther and Asha Sharath in the lead, also stars MS Bhaskar, Ilavarasu and Kalabhavan Mani in prominent roles. The Tamil remake has also been directed by Jeethu Joseph himself and is produced by Wide Angle Creations and Raj Kumar Theatres. Ghibran has scored the music and Sujith Vaassudev has cranked the camera, while Ayoob Khan has handled the editing.

This movie is set in the village of Papanasam, in Tirunelveli. Suyambulingam (Kamal Haasan) is a 4th standard dropout, who has risen to become a well-known and respected cable TV operator in the village. This self-made man leads a very happy and contented life with his wife Rani (Gauthami) and two daughters Selvi (Nivedha Thomas) and Pullimeena (Esther). The corrupt Police constable Perumal (Kalabhavan Mani) does not like Suyambulingam and keeps getting irritated when he makes fun of his corrupt practices. One day, Selvi goes on a college trip and here, Varun the son of the IG (Asha Sharath), takes a video clip of Selvi changing her dress. He uses this clip to threaten her, but Selvi’s mother and sister come to know of this and they try to chase Varun away. At this point, a mishap happens and Varun goes missing. The Police now consider the entire Suyambulingam family as suspects and begin interrogating them. But, the street smart and adept Suyambulingam ensures that there is no link between his family and Varun. However, the IG is hell bent on getting some information out of Suyambulingam’s family members as to the whereabouts of her son. Where is Varun? What secrets are Suyambulingam and his family hiding? What will happen next? Watch Papanasam to know.


Being the remake of a famous movie like Drishyam, most of the people would know the plot and the events that lead up to it. However, director Jeethu Joseph has ensured that he has reworked the screenplay to suit the tastes of the Tamil audiences and also ensured that there is an element of surprise and suspense in the story. The fantabulous actor in Kamal is back to enthral his fans. Each scene is an absolute masterclass in acting, especially the climax. The pair of Kamal and Gauthami rocks the show. Nivedha Thomas has made the most of the meaty role she has and Esther continues the impressive show she gave out in Drishyam. The veterans like Kalabhavan Mani, MS Bhaskar and Arul Dass have all turned in wonderful performances. Despite being amidst such stellar actors, Asha Sharath holds her own and steals the show, as does Anant Mahadevan as her husband. Ghibran’s music has already been topping the charts and the BGM absolutely gets into our hearts. Jeyamohan, who has written the dialogues has ensured that the scent of the land is conveyed through his words.

Papanasam is a must watch for all families. You just cannot afford to miss such good cinema.

– Vicky

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  1. Yes, we cannot afford to miss “Papanasam” for such a wonderful performance by Ulaga Nayagan as well the stunning actress Gauthami who has all set with a good comeback. Nice to see her back on the screen. Thanks to ” The Auteur” for sharing the pic.

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