Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Balaji Vairamuthu|
|Written by||Balaji Vairamuthu|
|Music by||K. S. Sundaramurthy|
|Edited by||Anand Geraldin|
Pancharaaksharam (transl. Five Letters), also known as Pancharaksharam is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language supernatural thriller film written and directed by Balaji Vairamuthu in his directorial debut. The film stars Santhosh Prathap, Madhu Shalini and Sana Althaf in the main lead roles while Ashwin Jerome and Gokul play supportive roles. The film is produced by Vairamuthu under the production banner Paradox Productions. The film is branded as India's first psychological supernatural adventure thriller film.
- Santhosh Prathap as Dushyanth
- Madhu Shalini as Sameera
- Sana Althaf as Jeevika
- Ashwin Jerome as Dharma
- Gokul Anand as Aidhan
- Jeeva Ravi as Jeevika's father
The official teaser of the film was unveiled on 13 January 2019.
The music for the film is scored by KS Sundaramurthy. The first single of the film Theerathae which was sung by Sid Sriram was released on 23 December 2018 and received positive reviews from the audience.
- Theerathe - Sid Sriram
- Destiny - Rajan Chellaiah, Cliffy
- Iravukkum - Vijay Yesudas, Arunraja Kamaraj
Release & reception
Panchaksharam was released on 27 Dec 2019 alongside five other films. Santhosh Prathap, lead actor of this film had another release Naan Avalai Sandhitha Pothu on the same day.
Behindwoods wrote "Overall, despite the flaws in writing, Pancharaaksharam emerges as a completely inventive and interesting thriller that excels at world building". Indian Express wrote "If only the blemishes had been ironed out, the screenplay had been tighter, and the film’s focus had been narrower, Pancharaaksharam would have turned out to be a terrific end to a relatively unsurprising year in Tamil cinema." Times of India wrote "Pancharaaksharam is the kind of film that surprises by simply by being an engaging watch. Director Balaji Vairamuthu sets up the story with quick character introductions and gets into the plot." Only Kollywood wrote "Balaji’s classy approach to the script makes the incidents onscreen interesting as they happen, and credit must go to him for setting up the first half superbly."
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